Animals and You

            Please pick one or more topics from these ideas about animals:

            1. Pets - tell about pets you have had, what they were like, did they protect you, play with you, ignore you?  Who took care of the pet - feeding, taking to the veterinarian?  How did you name your pet?  Maybe you didn’t have a pet, but you like pets or made friends with someone else’s pet.  Tell about that.

            2. Domestic animals - these are the animals that would be on a ranch or a farm - chickens, ducks, horses, cows, sheep, goats and more.  Did you grow up in the country, or visit someone who lived in the country?  If you had the chance would you leave the city and move out to the country?  Do you think a farm is a good place to raise children?  In your country, is it economical to raise farm animals?

            3. Wild animals - do you like to visit the zoo?  Or do you like to watch documentaries about animals?  What kinds of animals do you like best and why?  Do you worry that certain wild animals are becoming extinct?  Are there some endangered species in your native country?  Do you like to hunt or fish?  Are there certain seasons for hunting and fishing that you know of?   Do you like to hike or camp?  What wild animals have you met in the wild?

            4. Animals as symbols - if you chose one animal (or more than one) as a symbol of yourself - what animal would you choose and why?  What animal would you choose for your close friend, spouse, sister, brother, Mom or Dad?

            5. Stuffed animals - what favorite stuffed animals did you have as a child?  Do you still have them?  Do you collect animals - deer heads, bear skins, figurines, pictures, T-shirts?


A few Bible passages about animals:

 “Look at the birds of the air;  they do not sow, nor do they reap,
            nor gather into barns.
“Yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not worth much more than they?”  Matthew 6:26

“What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it?
“And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
“And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which is lost!”
“I tell you in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”  Luke 15:4-7