I titled this “Dog Blog” because it sounds more clever than “Cat Blog” but it’s really about pets in general. Pets add so much to our lives: they are so loving and forgiving, they make wonderful companions when it’s cold and rainy – or bright and sunny; they are always there when we need them (and sometimes when we don’t think we do).
Pets enrich our lives and take our minds off our problems. I’ve read that people who have pets tend to live longer and have a better outlook on life. Don’t know if the living longer part is true, but I know from personal experience that the outlook part is true! If people with health problems get a pet, chances are they will feel better . I know that they will spend less time dwelling on their pains and aches if they have a pet to love.
My mother would never allow pets in the house, so of course all her offspring have at least house pet, now. The thing is, when she had to go to a nursing home, she would sit for hours watching the fish in the aquarium and the birds in the cage room. When they added bunnies to the menagerie, we would often find her in the game room playing with them. We will always wonder if she’d accepted a pet into her life at home, would she have been able to stay there longer?
In these trying economic times, many people are having to give up their beloved pets to make ends meet. I truly feel for them. I can’t imagine sending Bob, Sophie and Miss Kitty to the pound. It would rip my heart out. Humane societies and shelters are bursting with abandoned and turned in pets. [As an aside: people who move and leave the animals in the house to suffer alone should be horse-whipped! ]
So, if any of you are thinking about getting a dog, please, please, please consider a pound puppy, cat or rabbit. Mutt pups are great. Now don’t get me wrong, purebreds are wonderful: we had two of the best Rottweilers in the world. They were loyal and loving. But our two mixed breeds are super. Mixed breeds often have fewer genetic disorders and we’ve found them to be healthier in general.
Well, enough rambling – enjoy your pets and if you can, get another one!