So after going all ghoulish last night, I needed to get back to my girly ways tonight.
Between what I went through with Dozer a few weeks ago and a couple of people I know who are struggling as their pets go through some difficult health issues, I have been thinking a lot about how important our pets are to us. Thankfully, this time the thoughts aren’t in some panicked spell like they were a few weeks ago for me.
I often wonder how people who don’t include their pets as part of their family do it. For example, I have a neighbor who’s dog never goes in the house…no matter how hot or cold it is. I have never understand that. I mean…I can cut hunters who have packs of hunting dogs some slack because those dogs live in packs, typically in kennels and such…so they dogs have companionship, the warmth of their pack, etc. But how can anyone leave their dogs or cats outside all the time? I…just…don’t…get…it…
Dozer is such an integral part of my daily life. I mean, many of you saw how freaked out I was when I had to take him to the vet the other day. While he is better now, he still doesn’t have the spunk he had a year ago. And living alone…he IS my family here. He gives me unconditional love every day. He has never once given me a funny look because of my appearance. He has never judged me as a bad person. He is the perfect example of unconditional love.
So I just can’t grasp how people can not love their pets and take care of them.
When I think about all the times myself or any of my friends have been struggling with physical or emotional pain, I always think about how much having that loving pet has helped them. Despite how independent some pets can be, when we hurt, they want to sooth us. When we are in tears from emotional pain, they want to comfort us. When we face any kind of challenge…they stay beside us when others might run.
As I have been on my journey, I have taken to dancing around my house more. You throw the right song on and I am jumping around like a fool, tossing my head from side to side…just like teenage girls do in the movies. I look like a fool when I do it and you know what…I love every second of it. Before his hips started to go bad, whenever I would dance around the house, Dozer would jump up on me and make sure that I took his paws so he could dance with me. We would do that until my singing bothered him so much that he would plop down on the floor and literally cover his ears. It was always one of the goofiest and sweetest things he has done for me.
He has been my dance partner for some time now…and he will always be one of my favorite dance partners…in all aspects of my life.
After all, he is my family.
See it on Flickr.
primavera in Toscana Curtains Right
Anashara Dining Table
Hetton Barn Conversion
French Moments – Coffee Cup
Blooming Armchair (White) PG
.peaches. – The Fianna Tablet Set