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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Foto Story Friday #47 --Shantel and animals

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and
MamaGeek

When she was 3 or 4 we had a dog, Buddy. Shantel could look at him and say: "go potty" and that big ole black lab would trot right out to his run and do his business. I would take him to the door in the morning and say: "go potty" and that same dog would look at me like: "and are you who?" He never listened to me, but if she had told him to jump, I swear that dog would have asked "how high?"
Shantel has always had a way with animals. Here she is at 6 with the bran-new colt.
The only person the foal, Diamond, came up to was Shantel.
Page, the mother, watches as Shantel touches her baby. The rest of us tried to get close and Page was right there or Diamond would run.
Shantel has had cats, hamsters and rabbits, they have all just loved her. She just has a way with animals.
Looking at these photos, I said to myself "Wasn't is just yesterday that she was little?" Guess not......
Shantel at 13!

35 comments:

Cecily R said...

Time does fly....but if she has to grow up, isn't it nice that Shantel is growing into such a great kid?

Jaina said...

What great pictures. I love that she has such a way with animals :)

Chris said...

Do you call her Dr. Doolittle?

What a neat superpower!

Emily said...

that's really a special gift.

Izzy 'N Emmy said...

Aww, such a wonderful thing to be so close with animals. Wonderful PSF!

Raise Them Up said...

What a special gift! I enjoyed the beautiful pictures. :)

Are You Serious! said...

♥ I think that's wonderful... Sometimes I wish I was more of an animal person...

Ryanne said...

I forgot about those pictures. Doesn't she look so cute with the horses! I totally remember her with Buddy! That was awesome!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

oh I adore foals

Alex the Girl said...

Can't decide which is better, the story or the photos...Or, the story told by photos. Such a gifted daughter.

Shellie said...

Great photos of a great girl. I just love people who have a way with animals, they always have a great spirit.

Maggie May said...

They grow up so quickly! Have to make the most of every day!
Shantel has a lovely temperament. That is why animals love her so much. People too, I should imagine and especially her family!
Lovely pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Mom24 said...

It is crazy how quickly they grow up, isn't it? She's adorable.

Wayne said...

I love the horse picture.
great photo friday

racefan said...

I can't believe our kids are growing up so fast! I love reading your blog---especially photo Friday! You always have such good stories to go along with your great photos!

Lisa (Jonny's Mommy) said...

Do you think she will be a vet? that would be perfect for her. They grow up sooo fast! *sigh* Oh do I know!

Steph said...

Aw, more horsie pics. Love em!
And ya, they grow up too fast!

skoots1mom said...

beautiful colt...
sweet pictures

Cookie said...

I love how she wears the princess crown while taking care of the horse ;)

Lisa said...

Mine will be there in a little over nine years. It sounds like such a long time, but, then I wonder, "Where did the first 4 years go?" I always say I wish I could push the 'pause' button on occasion. Great pictures!

Lisa

imbeingheldhostage said...

an Animal Whisperer in the family, how cool!

Momma@Live. Laugh. Pull your hair out said...

Amazing!!!!!

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

She will DEFINITELY be an animal whisperer, that's my kinda girl. I'm partial TO anything animal related.

newlyweds said...

Aww how sweet. She has a gift, animals can feel it. I really believe this.

rochelle said...

Shantel, the animal whisperer. She HAS grown up a lot since you took those early pics!

Amanda said...

I really like animals but unfortunately, they don't seem to like me a lot :)

Shantel must have a special gift.

Sharon said...

The time really does go by too quickly!

What a neat talent to have! She sounds like a GREAT kid!

Jac said...

What an awesome talent/connection to have! I have always loved animals, but am so clumsy around them. It's pathetic really.

And I love the photos!!

Casey's trio said...

The picture with Chantel in her tiara and the newly born foal is pricelss!

kaye said...

thanks for stopping by today, amazing story, kids are amazing. I especially love the crown on her head :)

Rachael said...

they grow so fast, i agree. i love the pictures, so wonderful that she has such a connection with animals. what a sweet + beautiful girl!

Honey Mommy said...

That is awesome. I am allergic to all animals with hair, so my kids may not find out if they are good with animals until they are older!

Karin said...

Aw, that's wonderful! Great post!

Straight to Your Hart said...

What a sweetheart...that little foal picture is darling.

Growing up happens way to fast, for sure!

latree said...

that is a gift. not every child can get along with animal