Pets promote emotional connections

Ask anyone that has ever owned a pet and they will tell you their presence is an addition to, or an extension of, family. Studies have proven the emotional impact pets have on people and I can attest to that fact myself.

Our dog Thunder came to our home for two reasons mainly; the first, to bring security back to our family after our home was broken into while we slept, and secondly, to provide companionship for me as I spend a great deal of time alone due to my illness. (No sorrow please about that statement – grin).

Today with a heavy heart, I had to do what was best for my beloved dog and gift him a new home. You see, he’s very strong and energetic, and I am not at present. I wasn’t interested in selling him (I wouldn’t sell my children if they needed more than I could offer – family, yes, pets are family). I merely wanted to find someone to love him as much as my family does. My friend Kim took care of that and found a wonderful retired gentleman in need of companionship. I count that as a double blessing as Thunder will be able to bring to his life what he did to ours and especially mine.

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Yes, no longer a pup and still growing.Yes, no longer a pup and still growing.

Pets inspire and motivate us in many ways. On days when my legs were screaming “no” to movement, Thunder still needed to get outside, so it pushed me to try a little harder. I got exercise I may have otherwise ignored. I also had purpose; he needed food, water, play time, and affection. Not to mention, he could read me like a book, very perceptive! The way Thunder managed my “bad” days astounded me, taking steps one-by-one instead of tearing down them in excitement. Now he’s just so strong it wouldn’t matter how gentle he tries to be, I still can’t manage. (That’s just reality, again no need to be sad – grin).

I wonder what the state of the world may be if everyone knew the devotion in loving pets and having them love you the same? They offer loyalty, protection, acceptance, affection, commitment, and the list is endless. Perhaps every politician should consult with a pet prior to decision-making because I am certain they would be influenced by all that a pet is. (Just a thought – grin).

All this being said, I couldn’t imagine life without a pet – therefore, meet our new family member, Andi. He’s just the perfect size and his demeanor is very tranquil, though he’s still fun (grin). A family fit to be sure!

Welcome Andi!Welcome Andi!

Today I thought about how pets relate to our skills with people. I loved Thunder enough to let him go. I thought of his needs over my own. Though I cried like a baby when he left, he reminded me of the capacity I have to love. Isn’t that a beautiful gift in spite of sorrow? I believe so. Add to that all the affection he incited and yes, once again, I am firm in my belief that pets can bring out the best in everyone.

I’m wiping tears and thinking how blessed he is to be loved so much by so many.

Thunder's new home and family. Wide open spaces. Thunder’s new home and family. Wide open spaces.

 

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by busymindthinking

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I was bottle fed bigotry

Prejudices were pablum

To be swallowed without question

Did my teething on intolerance

I was fed spoonful after spoonful

of mashed bananas with racism

washed down with hypocrisy

Before I lost my baby teeth

I knew that girls were less than

I was fed a steady diet of hate

and lies

and pride?

I was fed this set of beliefs as a child

My guess is You were fed some hatred too

But we are no longer being Force fed

I’ve changed my diet, have you?

~Melanie Thomason

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What Will Be My Legacy?

What will we leave behind? What will people remember? What do you want them to remember? What will I leave behind?

I hope my kids will one day say that I taught them to stop and listen and look around. Look up, look at the stars and appreciate what is around us and who we are. I try to teach them this one little thing.

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Stop and listen. Listen to the wind. Listen to the story it tells.

Stop and watch. Watch the waves as they roll in, watch the sun raise or set. Watch the storm develop, watch the butterfly dance in the air.

Breathe in and smell the air, the different scent it has. Smell the weather, the season, the flowers, there is so much out there.

Let your head fall back and glance up, mouth wide open, tongue out and try to catch those snowflakes or drops of rain and just taste them. Enjoy good food. The sweetness of fruits.

Just feel, hear, taste, smell and experience how beautiful life is.

That is probably the most important thing of what I want my kids to remember. What I hope that they will tell their friends, spouses or kids one day.

But I also want them to remember that I taught them:

To stop and enjoy.

To stand up for themselves.

That it’s okay to say no.

That you got to life your live and not wait for it to happen.

I want them to know what it feels like to be loved.

If they look back one day and say “This is what mom and dad taught us” and “mom and dad loved us”, then I will be one happy girl 🙂

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