Our pets occupy an interesting place in our lives. On one hand, they’re a member of the family like any other. This might sound somewhat hyperbolic to anyone who hasn’t raised a pet. But a dog or cat really do become an important part of the family.
Our pets might not be able to speak. And their limit for abstract thought might end at a place fairly different from that of a human. But there’s one thing that a pet does just as or even better than any other member of the family. A dog or cat can love us like almost nothing else in the world ever will. Their love comes without demands or expectations. They ask very little of us and give almost all of themselves in return. It’s a kind of love that’s hard to explain to someone who hasn’t personally experienced it. But once we have it there’s almost always some desire to celebrate it in some way.
This is one of the reasons why pets can become the foundation of a relationship with someone. When we’re getting to know someone their pets usually investigate us as well. As a result of their open natures it’s not at all uncommon to fall in love with someone’s pet while still getting to know the person. And in knowing the pet we have a chance to echo that love right back at the pet’s owner.
One method of doing so is to simply help out with chores related to the pet. These are often just as much entertainment as necessity. For example, a dog certainly needs to go on a walk every day. And it’s true that we might not always feel up to it. But when we’re out there with a dog it’s hard to see it … Read More