That is so touching, Kim. I, too, am an animal lover; however, my husband does not share that love. Reading stories like yours about Atticus reminds me that although I can't have pets, I've never lost the feelings and love I have for them.
, FIrst, thank you for visiting my blog. It makes me happy to know that people visit. Second, I'm sorry your husband doesn't like animals. Are there any kinds of animals he likes even a little bit? My best friend's husband always hated dogs, but he adored her little Shih Tzu. After she pased away, it was HIM who insisted on another dog right away! Anyway, my point is, if there is one kind of animal or breed of animal he likes, maybe you could explore that. If you're an animal lover, even if it's not quite the pet you had in mind, I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to love it!
If not, perhaps you can volunteer at a local animal shelter? They are always looking for people to walk dogs, etc. Or donate to a local dog/cat rescue? They are always need food, bowls, collars, leashes, etc. Maybe if you see some on sale you can donate them.
I also visited your site and it gives me inspiration. It sounds like this is going to be your year! I must say, I envy you. If only I had the motivation and willpower to make those accomplishments!
Oh, it's taken years and years to work up to this point, and it's a constant struggle every day. Don't let my happy little blurb fool you. I'm someone whose easily discouraged. You have the will inside of you to do anything. Remember, baby steps. Choose one small thing you want to accomplish and do that. Don't look at the big picture if it's too much. Make a list if it helps. I firmly belive that putting things in writing is the first step to making them happen--hence my happy little profile blurb!
We bought a big white board and hung it on our office wall. On the board we made a list of the things we want to accomplish (around the house, mostly) in the next year or so. It probably sounds crazy, but seeing it up there on the wall, in print makes it more official. And every time I cross an item off or do something towards accomplishing that item (an estimate for a repair, etc.) I write the date next to the item so we see how we're working toward things even if they are not crossed off yet.
But, like I said, it's a constant struggle. You can do it if you break it down into small steps. If I can, you can! As with dieting, self improvement, or a huge list of things you want to do, take it one day at a time. If you mess up, tomorrow's a new day.