An Album for Man's Best Friend

Did you know that Martha Stewart has a whole section on her website dedicated to pets? Yep. It’s true. We love our pets don’t we? They are so very much a part of our everyday lives, and definitely a part of our family.

If you knew the history that my own cat and I share in her 3 1/2 short years of life, you would laugh about me even dedicating a post to pets. It’s not that I don’t love her, because I do. But, she and I have a rocky history of near death experiences (her, not me), close calls, rodents in the house, dead animals, and bites and scratches that would make anyone cringe. But, she is my pet, with her crazy personality and all, and she is definitely a part of our family.

Ever wonder if your grandparents had a favorite pet? I actually have never asked any of my grandparents if they had pets growing up. It never really occurred to me until now. But, wouldn’t it be fun to know about the pets your parents and grandparents loved? Wouldn’t it be fun to see a picture of their childhood pet?

While scrapbooking your pet is not a new trend by any means, I have to admit that I’ve rolled my eyes in the past at scrapbook layouts I’ve seen done by strangers all about their pets. But, if our cat died, and we didn’t have any photos of her, you better believe that I would regret it. And, animals do steal our hearts (among other things) and definitely deserve at least one page in any family’s album.

Here are some ideas of things you could put on a page about your pet:

The way you got the pet: for example, was it from a shelter, a stray, or did you pay for a one of a kind breed? etc.

Your pet’s favorite toy

Favorite thing to take your pet to go do

Favorite memory with your pet

How you knew the pet was definitely part of the family

Things that drive you crazy about your pet

Things that you adore about your pet

Bad things your pet has done

Close calls with your pet

Your pet’s quirky habits

The list could go on and on. If you had many pets growing up, start an album to remember those pets. If you are just starting to entertain the idea of pets in your own family, then think about keeping track of all the pets that you will have the rest of your life and dedicating an album just to your pets.

They truly are a part of our lives, and should be remembered as a part of the family. And, since we are scrapbooking our family history here, it seems only appropriate to scrapbook our precious pets too.

Meredith Ethington is the author of this blog. To learn more about Meredith, and her history with Scrapbooking and Genealogy, go here.

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