Die Kinder


Femme Fatale

I have a friend who refers to my cats as “the children”.


This is Isabella, also known as (depending on who is speaking and upon the particular circumstances) as Bells, Izzy and Beelzebub…







…and Riley. Who has various nicknames as well. Riley is one of those cats who weigh close to 20 pounds and have the tiny, high-pitched meows.


Both rescue kitties. And both, if I do say so, living the life of Riley. Which is ok. He’s big enough to share…

There’s a lot of research out there that suggests that having a pet can contribute to our well-being. I know of therapy dogs but I don’t think I’ve ever heard of therapy cats. I’m curious- how do you feel about pets as agents of wellness? Do your animals help you feel better? How so? And the eternal question: cats? Or dogs? And why…?

(© Karen Opp. All rights reserved.)



About Karen

I am a fifty-something anthropology student, an artist, dancer, photographer, healer, mother, grandmother and perennial seeker. I am distracted by shiny things and infused with a sense of wonder at the world around me and people in general. I am a “journey” person who often wishes that I could have a “destination” day at least every now and then…
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4 Responses to Die Kinder

  1. Virginia Benson says:

    I’ve long thought that a lapful of purr is very therapeutic — and your wonderful photos tempt me all the more to add just that to my life. But then, the litter box….


  2. Cats, dogs, and horses. Especially horses. Being with my horses changes my mood instantly, and no matter how crummy I’m feeling, just their presence calms me and makes me happy. Not always the case with the cats and the (now-departed) dog. I think that’s because they live with me and become more like family–they alternately drive me crazy or make me very, very happy. I would not choose ever to be without them.


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