I was pooped, and it has been a tiring day. After a long day in the office, I trudged home in the bitter cold. Many parts of the U.S. have been unseasonably cold, and Washington DC has been no different with temperatures dropping as low as 9°F/ -12°C.
Before I could unlock my front door, I could hear soft cries from the other side. As I opened the door, two white tipped ears followed by a pair of bright eyes eagerly peered out at me. It was my cat, Charlotte. Every day this ball of fur eagerly greets me when I come home.
I look forward to her daily greetings that include following me around the house as I offload my belongings, she softly cries, purrs and brushes against my legs. She demands no less than five consecutive minutes of my attention when I get home. After she has overdosed on my attention, she is content with merely sitting near me. Charlotte’s sweet affections and playful ways have endeared her to me.
As someone who has bouts of loneliness, I have always had unique relationships with my pets—furry and non-furry alike. They have been fantastic for keeping my spirits high. It is hard feeling down when there is a cute and loving ball of fur cuddling next to you. Pets, like my Charlotte, give unconditional love, even if you are not in the mood or are frustrated with them, they will still care for you and will let you know it.
Pets are more than just animals we humans are suckered into caring for. Pets give support, reassurance, protection, companionship, and love. They are friends and family. Pets understand our behaviors and know how to respond to our ways. Sometimes a pet's reassurance is more welcomed than another person's.
My dog Remy, may he rest in doggie heaven, an American Staffordshire Terrier/Pitbull was the best at consoling me when I was sad. He would put his big head in my little lap and look up at me with the sweetest eyes. And, you know what? That always made me feel better. Even now I feel good just thinking about him.
I have read stories of some homeless people refusing shelter because their pet wasn’t allowed. Now, that is love!
Pets are just awesome! And, yes, I am one of those people who can watch animal video after animal video because there are some truly amazing creatures in the world. You can learn so much from them when you get a glimpse of the world from their perspective. Almost like catching a glimpse of the world through a child’s eyes; getting a sense of your pet’s perspective can be insightful.
A lot can be gained from having a pet, and the most important is the companionship.
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