I first became a dog mom when I was 11 years old. It took me a little longer to warm up to cats. I didn’t become a cat person until I was 24. Now I am just an equal opportunity animal lover and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Owning pets and being around animals seriously changed my life. I firmly stand by the notion that sometimes pets are better than people. Pets just have a way of completely flipping your world upside down.
-They give you unconditional love.
-At times the bonds you create with your pets seem like they are on a whole other level.
-They feel unbridled emotion. Pure excitement. Pure happiness.
-They provide great comfort.
-They are a constant companion.
It’s crazy, they can’t speak and yet we as their owners can tell what it is they need or want at any given moment. We develop a unique form of communication without even noticing we’re doing it. Although I will admit you could still catch me having full one-sided conversations with my cat. Don’t judge me!
As much as they depend on us for their needs. I have grown to depend on them. I learn a lot from them. They teach me to keep life simple. They change the way I view the world. Everything to them is fun and exciting. They view anything outside of their home as massive and fun. Why shouldn’t I adopt that same mentality? We raise these animals and they become our best friends, our children, our special kind of a pain in the butt. Raising and caring for pets teach a special kind of responsibility that opens up nurturing capabilities unique to raising animals. We understand energies better. A new level of empathy for non-verbal communication is something I feel more open to.
Pets are also just the best companions. Their energies are so calming and loving. After my car accident and I spent two weeks in the hospital all I wanted at night was to cuddle my dogs. When I came home they knew all of the new equipment in my house meant they had to be gentle with me. They’d keep me company when I didn’t want to leave my room and they guarded me at night to make sure I was safe. I have never felt truer love than the love between me and my pets.
On the other side of that coin, is the special kind of hurt you feel when a pet passes away. One of my dogs passed this last March and I would give just about anything to have him back. But the 12 years I did have him were the best years I could have asked for. I remember him every day. Knowing the potential of a love like that doesn’t scare me. It leaves me open to a similar kind of love in the future. That is a sentiment I think I would love to translate to all the other avenues of my life. Things can be overwhelming and consuming but that doesn’t always mean that they are bad. Sometimes if we find a really good thing in our lives we have to let it consume us so that we can enjoy it while we can. These are all aspects of life I learned all because I wanted a dog.
I am grateful to be a fur mom. While I may never wear the color black again without it being covered in animal hair, I appreciate all of the great life lessons that they have taught me along the way. I also really enjoy a good cuddle here and there but that’s a totally different kind of love.
Until next time readers…