Fur Children

puppybou0001_1.JPGAnimals are a very special part of my life – and I affectionately refer to my pets as my “fur children.” I have had many pets through the years – dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, fish, and rats. When I volunteered my time at a therapeutic horseback riding program for children and adults with disability, the horses also became an extended part of my animal family as well. This page is designed to link readers to sub-pages about my pets – including stories, photos and thoughts. I hope you will enjoy them!

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Caribou (February 15, 1998 – January 29, 2009) Caribou passed from this life on January 29, 2009 after a brief illness with spleen cancer. She was a big personality and bigger presence…her role in our home was essentially “Queen” where she kept track of everything and everyone and made sure that all the routines were …

Journey With Animals: A Memoir

Journey With Animals: A Memoir in Honor of My Pets by Wendy Robards Copyright 2005 This article was first published at The Piker Press during the week of August 15, 2005. In the middle of the fourth decade of my life, I remember the animals who shared the carefree days of grade school, the tumultuous …


Argus (October 1999 – December 2009) Argus, our funny boy, left this world a week before Christmas in December 2009 from Lymphoma – less than a year after his best friend and beloved partner, Caribou, also passed away. Argus was never quite the same after Caribou left him and I like to think they are …


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    • Steve N. Lee on June 8, 2008 at 10:16

    Hi Caribousmom,

    Sorry for approaching you in this way, but I can’t seem to find a contact form or email address.

    As you obviously care about environmental and conservation issues (your Fur Children and a link to an environmental blog), I’m hoping I might interest you in reviewing my novel as, even though it’s a thriller, ‘What if…?’ has a strong philosophical element that explores these very areas. Here’s the nutshell version of what it’s about:

    During the U.S. Presidential election, a disillusioned journalist and a charismatic healer embark on a crusade to bring equality and prosperity to the world. This thrusts them into a life or death struggle with corporate America, organized crime, and even the White House which all fear losing their power.

    “Deftly and intriguingly written, ‘What if…?’ is a thriller that fans of other novels such as ‘The DaVinci Code’ will relish. Highly recommended to thriller fans everywhere and should enjoy a spot on every fiction thrillers shelf.”
    Midwest Book Review, Oregon, WI USA

    I look forward to hearing from you shortly,

    Steve N. Lee
    author of eco-blog – http://www.LionsledbySheep.com
    and ‘What if…?’, an eco-suspense thriller with a philosophical edge – http://www.steve-n-lee.com

    • annie on October 29, 2008 at 17:15

    my fur child is named mookie. she is a terror to bird and another animmal that came into are yard.she also love to play her blue toy,and have me chase around the room.

    • Wendy on October 30, 2008 at 07:38

    Annie: Mookie sounds wonderful 🙂

    Steve: Thank you for the offer – I will have to say “no” for now as I am a bit over committed to review books at the moment.

    • Stevie on February 21, 2010 at 06:25

    I enjoy it when I find nuggets like this, thanks!

    • Wendy on February 22, 2010 at 07:35

    Stevie: You’re welcome! Thanks for visiting 🙂

    • Heather on February 12, 2011 at 17:47

    I have 2 fur sisters, Destiny (Golden Retreiver) and Sammi (a balck lab. I also have a fur cat child (Scaredy). I <3 them.

    • Wendy on February 14, 2011 at 11:05

    Heather: Thanks for stopping by – I love to hear about other people’s fur children 🙂 Give them a scritch behind the ears for me!

  1. I have a soft spot for (wo)man’s best friend and I’m thrilled to know we have something in common besides books. 🙂

    BTW, thank you for your kind words about Oscar. I’m smitten with Raven. She’s a beautiful GSD. I’ve always wanted one.

    • Wendy on July 10, 2011 at 19:54

    Pauline: There is nothing like a wonderful dog at your side 🙂 Thanks for your kind words about my girl…and yes, it is fun to know we share something in common besides books!

    • Nike on September 26, 2013 at 23:31

    Fur Children – caribousmom

    • Toby on October 20, 2013 at 16:54

    Love your furchildren .. I have four .. two Bullmastiff 8 and 5, an Olde Victorian Bulldogge 6 1/2, all who I have had since babies and an adopted English Bulldog who we got in April from a family who couldn’t keep him .. he’s almost 7 ..

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