My first topic in the a to z challenge was given to me by my faithful reader – sandyrara. “Animals and the role they play in our lives”. So here it goes……..
In all honesty, I have never been much of an animal person. We had exactly 3 pets in my family growing up – a kitten named Molly that was given away after 2 weeks because my Mom and middle brother were so allergic, a turtle (name unknown) owned by my older brother that died because the vet said it was “handled too much” and finally there was one dog – Tina – a Yorkshire Terrier the size of a large rat who was adorable albeit a bit damaged. The puppies were selling for $400 each but we got Tina for $100 because the breeder said she was “emotionally unstable”. I like to joke that my mother probably said “oh well then, we’ll take her! She’ll fit right in.”
Over the years I have come to see the value in pets – and in animals in general really. I think a lot can be said about a person just from observing how they treat animals. My younger son LOVES animals of all kinds. He even likes insects. I’ve often thought how interesting that fact is – perhaps, being made weaker and more dependent by disease, he can empathize with their vulnerability more so than most people. I kind of admire his love of animals.
Generally, I myself am afraid of animals. In fact, my fear of dogs was at a completely irrational level most of my life. But a few years ago we got a puppy and that has helped me feel more comfortable. I can’t speak to other sorts of pets – cats, lizards, fish, snakes and birds to name a few – but I do feel qualified to speak about dogs. Having had Ellie in our lives for more than two years now I finally understand the attachment people feel to these animals.
I have a saying that I often use to describe Ellie. “She takes love and she gives love”. Aside from the basic physical requirements of life like eating and sleeping this appears to be all Ellie is interested in. Who can’t love that?