February 20th is Love Your Pet Day!
Growing up, my parents were always supportive of my pet obsession. I wanted one of everything, except maybe not a pet tarantula. Too scary. I wanted a cat, a dog, a hamster, a lizard, a rat, some fish… not to mention anything I could catch outside. Snakes, bugs, salamanders, frogs… there was no end to my love of owning pets. I remember going to the pet shop almost every day to find a new animal pal that I just couldn’t live without. Even today, though I just have one cat (mainly due to my fear of fitting into the “cat lady” stereotype), I find so much value in having a little animal companion.
Pets are special, and come in many unique shapes and sizes. Some are so cuddly and affectionate, while others are more for watching and observing. (Let’s be honest, you can’t snuggle your goldfish.) Some pets can fit in the palm of your hand, while others can barely fit in your tiny apartment. One thing that is amazing about pets is that they often have a sort of healing power about them. I know when I have gone though hard times, my cat has always helped me feel grounded, and has given me a feeling of unconditional love. Dogs are sometimes used as a form of therapy in hospitals and care homes, and there is no denying the healing power of their smiling snouts and ever-wagging tails.
There really is something about having a living creature to take care of that helps us as humans. An animal that relies on you for life, and that needs you to sustain itself, provides a sort of companionship that we need. I’m not talking about some sick power trip, but there is a very innate human need to be needed, and for some of us, pets fill that void. Today, let’s celebrate the special pet (or pets) in our lives.
How to Celebrate
Show some extra love to your pet today! A long walk through the park for your doggy, some bedtime cuddles with your cat, or maybe an extra treat for your rabbit. And if you don’t have a pet, consider the benefits of someday owning an animal that could provide companionship, and potentially change your life for the better.
Quote of the Day
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France
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