“I wish I could be the person my dog thinks I am.” I don’t know who first said that but I wish it had been me. My puppy, Rosie, jumps up and down when I come home even if I have been gone for one hour or ten. She is loving even if I am irritable or ignore her. She doesn’t mind my faults as long as I feed, walk, and love her.
I got Rosie 12 years ago when my house was broken into. The policeman told me that my house would be safer with a dog. People laughed when I bought this spunky little black poodle. She did bark at any noise she heard outside the door. But if I was just looking for protection, I would have bought a boa constrictor.
There are a lot of things about pets to cherish:
Pets make us happier. It is virtually impossible to feel sad when a pair of loving eyes meets ours or a soft kitten rubs up against our leg.
Loving a pet helps us feel less stress. In a recent study a group of hypertensive professionals who owned cats or dogs, were found to have lower blood pressure and heart rates than those who didn’t. Recent research also has shown that when conducting a stressful task, people experience less stress when their pets were with them; even more than a supportive friend or spouse.
Walking pets gets us outside. Exercise is good for our health as well as our furry friends. Especially if we live in a urban setting, we may enjoy taking more walks if we have a four legged companion. Cats, ferrets and rabbits can also be leashed trained.
We get to know our neighbors. Several years ago when I moved out of my condo I realized that the only people that I knew were other people with dogs. I was able to call more dogs by name than people. ( That does make me question how neighborly I was.)
There are some things to consider before adopting a pet.
*Animals need to be fed, watered, groomed, exercised and cleaned up after. If you have not had a pet for some time, it probably is best is you speak to a current pet owner. When I was first married we got a puppy and about six months later we had a baby. I must admit that the baby was so much easier to care for.
*Your pet may need training. Honestly, Rosie and I both flunked out of training at Pet Smart and I am still living with my difficulty in being trained. But I take full responsibility for it and know that if I had provided her with a little more discipline, life would be a little more mellow. But we are both rather good nature so all is well.
*It is sometimes costly to own a pet. My neighbors dog attacked Rosie one day. Because it was Sunday morning I had to take her across town to an after hours vet. I laughed when I got the bill because I knew they couldn’t be serious. They were. Fortunately my neighbors paid the bill. A year later Rosie (a minature poodle) sought revenge and attacked their dog (a large rescue dog). I am still paying for Rosie’s care.
There are many questions to ask yourself before making the decision to care for a pet. If the pros outweigh the cons, remember that all pets are not created equal. Do your research. Don’t succumb to the first cute face that you see at the animal shelter. It will be well worth the time to search for the pet that has the greatest potential to be your new BFFF (best four-footed friend).
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