That's the cat sitting on my thigh and the dog is glued to my side. I took this picture the other day. I was watching tv and had to get up but they wouldn't let me move... literally. Until my leg started cramping up... When I'm home this is pretty much the situation. These two become my shadow.
They give me so much love and affection that I am not even able to describe it in words. I can have the most terrible of days but when I come home the dog starts jumping up and down tail wagging uncontrollably and the cat is rubbing against my leg purring. The dog brings me the ball and wants only to play with me...he wants to kiss my face and wants me to pet his head and the cat wants me to rub her ears and that is all. They don't want anything in return. All they want is to give me unconditional love. Nothing more... And in a split second I forget about my terrible, no good, very bad day.
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened".
- Anatole France
Then there are those people that tell me, "oh yes, I too love animals but I keep them outside. They're not allowed in the house". I could never keep my babies outside. I mean I understand if it was maybe an allergy related issue that developed later on or something like that but I would never actually go buy a dog and keep it outside in the heat or cold. I'm the person that puts pajamas on their dog in the winter. Yes, I'm THAT person.
Another reason I get the side eye is because I treat them too much like children. "It's just a dog", they tell me. "When you have children you will understand", they say. "Animals don't have the same feelings that people do". This couldn't be any farther from the truth.
It's weird because whenever I talk to my friends who have children I can't help but compare their children to my dog. Is that really weird? LOL. Like in the things they do, for example when kids do devious things becasue they want attention. My dog does that ALL. THE. TIME. Like when I see toddlers that want to be held because they're scared or they're tired of walking around and they tug on your leg. My dog does that too. And it is a total crock of BS that animals don't have the same feelings we do.
Sometimes my aunt will take my dog to her house for the weekend because she loves him just as much as I do and my cat will cry for days and sit behind the front door waiting for the dog to come home. I have a vase on my kitchen counter with wine corks and when the cat knocks one on the floor, the dog usually comes running and steals it. So when the dog isn't there, she deliberalty knocks the corks on the ground in the hopes that the dog will come running back. How sweet is that? She really loves him (heart eyes)...
This meme above is totally me... I would love to have children some day but I really highly doubt that my relationship with my fur babies will be much different after my babies are born. I know I can't say that for a fact right now but I will always love them and take care of them no matter what. I might not have all the spare time that I have to cuddle with them but they will always be spoiled and loved no matter what.
Some people also say that when there are small children in the home animals shouldn't be present.
This is wrong for so many reasons and this is why:
Reasons Why It Is Important to Raise Kids Around Animals
- A study in the Journal of Pediatrics shows that kids who had a dog during the first year of their life had higher immune response, with 31% fewer respiratory tract infections than those without.
- Children with a companion animal in the home have higher self-esteem.
- Living with and interacting with a family pet increases empathy and compassion.
- Having a furry friend in the house can help instill a sense of responsibility in children.
- Children with autism, other spectrum disorders or ADHD can experience lowered blood pressure and better cognitive and communication gains when able to participate in therapy dog programs.
- Kids with a dog are more likely to get out and play, taking the dog on walks and throwing a ball or toy for some catch.
- Pets can be there for comfort when things get real tough. For example when there is a divorce or illness in the family.
That day when my parents came back from the vet I didn't want to talk to anyone, I locked myself in my room and didn't want to come out. My father let me read a poem that stuck with me and that I have never forgotten. I'll share it with you because this little poem really helped me cope with the loss and I hope that it might be able to help others too.
The Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....