A life long commitment
I have just started to feel better. After Maude’s health scare, I got a little depressed. I thought I wasn’t going to be able to come out of it, but thankfully I did. When she was in the hospital I went into survival mode and had to stay positive so that she would get better. I had no choice, I had to be strong for her. It was only when she was safe and back at home did I finally deal with the emotional strain of having almost lost her.
People don’t get it. I hear, “She’s just a dog,” and I want to cringe. I don’t know, you either understand or you don’t. Animals to me, are more valuable than hedonistic humans. They definitely give more. There are times where I’ll realize that I have been petting my cat or dog for two hours straight, mindlessly. My objective is only their happiness. Is there any wonder that pets are responsible for extending our lifespans?
Initially when Maude was hospitalized, I kept asking anyone who would listen: Why is this happening to her? Why is she getting so sick? How am I going to cope with it? Then it dawned on me that it was meant to happen. Maude and I were meant to be together. Who better to take care of her?
If she had any other owner she would have been neglected or abandoned by now. Perhaps she would have been euthanized. But thankfully, the universe gave her the right home, and the right owners, with an extended and loving family.
I wish that all animals could be so lucky, but unfortunately many of them end up in homes with owners who do not have their best interests at heart. I hear stories of couples who after beginning a family, give away their pets because they feel that they are too much of a burden. I want to strangle those people.
Owning a pet is a life long commitment and should be taken seriously. You can’t abandon them, especially since they give so much love, and expect so little in return. Your only job is to feed them, hug them, and take them for a walk. It’s not that hard.
In fact, it’s a privilege. One many of us don’t deserve.