I stopped caring years ago what the general public’s view on the relationship I have with my pets is. If people want to think of me as the quirky old cat guy or dog guy, that’s fine by me. I am not going to feel like the love I have for my fur family makes me less of a social butterfly.
The recent events got me thinking how grateful I am that I have a bond and the love of my pets, and how much emptier my life would feel without them.
My road in life, like many people, has had its share of ups and downs, sudden curves, and more often darkness and uncertainty than light and joy. Throughout the journey the animals I have shared it with have been a beacon of light and helped me to find a way to keep moving forward.
Cats, dogs, and any other animal have no concept of being judged or judging others and their love and devotion is truly unconditional. They live in the moment and react only to you and their environment.
Sometimes in our life journey the burden of despair may weigh very heavily on our shoulders to the point where it seems impossible to do anything but lay down. I am not suggesting that the love of an animal is enough to remove that burden, but it does make it lighter perhaps to the point where we can stand up again and see another sunrise.
Wherever your journey takes you- to bright blue skies and warm sunshine or dark grey clouds, your cat or dog are right there with you focused only on you and oblivious to the world. Do what I do and embrace that bond. Celebrate it. Share it with others. Find others who appreciate it. I would love to hear from you. Be part of the Pet Radio community. Tell me about your pet. Post photos and comments. Live in the moment and make that moment separate from the burden of despair. The burden will still be there, but it will not be the only alternative for your attention, and it makes you appreciate those bright sunny days that much more!