Unconditional love. Pure and simple.  It’s a special bond.  That’s what my pets mean to me.  Even though my wife and I have been married for nearly 27 years, we never had any children.  Our current menagerie of pets are our kids.  I’m talking about Gilligan, Bahama, Gidget, and Mulan.

Gilligan is my guy, my son, and my ultimate best friend.  He’s a 3 ½ year old long-haired dachshund who is a very sweet fellow and servant leader to our other pets.  Don’t tell anybody, but Gilligan likes to suck on the corner of his security blanket while sleeping.

Next comes, Bahama.  She is one of my three daughters.  Actually, Bahama is Gilligan’s 5-year-old aunt who loves to give kisses and be held…constantly!

Gidget is the baby in the family.  She’s a 7-month old long-haired dachshund who in the words of Dr. Hanlon is a “Noodlehead.” Gidget is possessed with personal demons and insanely energetic.  It’s Gidget’s good looks and charming personality that keeps her out of trouble.

Last but not least, is Mulan.  Mulan is my 16 ½ year old Siamese cat.  When Gilligan arrived, Mulan finally found her Siamese voice and has been talking non-stop for the past 3 ½ years!

My pet’s don’t care what my job title is, how much money I earn, or what material things I own.  Rather, they love me for being me.   Whether it’s time for “Couch Club”, a walk outside, or cuddling, spending time with me is all they care about.  I am truly blessed, honored, and humbled to be their dad – GVH Client, Joe Zagerman.

Joe with his furry family

The Zagermans – it’s a special bond….(pictured from top left clockwise):

Gilligan, Bahama, Mulan, and Gidget.