Yesterday afternoon we went for a visit to the animal shelter. We are sort of casually looking for another dog, but didn't expect to necessarily find a dog on this"field trip" so much as to just enjoy looking at all the animals. It's a great day out in the winter, serving as a sort of free indoor zoo.
Little did we expect to come home with this little guy.
We've raised many large animals here on the farm, from beef cows to dairy goats and pigs. We've had dogs and cats, chickens and rabbits, but we've never had an animal this tiny ~ well, at least not one that was captive and considered a pet.
It's been our family custom when a new animal comes into our lives to name it after one of the saints whose feast falls either on the day we get it, or the date of its birth. It's a wonderful opportunity to get to know the lives of new saints, and honor them in well, maybe a little bit of a peculiar way. It's also a good way to remember the dates we've gotten various animals. There are always a lot of saints on each day to choose from, and it's great fun to pull out the book to pick a name.
Needless to say, the children were delighted to find out that one of the feastdays yesterday was that of St. Frodobert! Thus "Frodo!"
So his patron saint is:
This St. Frodo.......bert.
He was a Benedictine abbot, trained by St. Waldebert, who founded MoutierlaCelle Abbey near Troyes, France. His heavenly birthday was January 8, 678.
THIS "St." Frodo
Though one of our favorite heros in all literature, we can admire him, but not canonize him.
We are pleased, however, that our little mouse's name has a double meaning for us!
We want to build a little hobbit hole for him to hide inside. And maybe hang a golden ring inside there, and put a backdrop picture of the Shire behind the glass in his tank. For under $25 altogether, including a thrift store tank, food and miscellaneous, I think we'll get a lot of mileage off this little pet.