When most people think of pets, cats and dogs are often the first animals that spring to mind. Pets though come in many forms from lizards, cows and even in some cases spiders. Pets create empathy, love, and the opportunity to have a non-judgemental companion, in many ways, pets complete our lives. Growing up I always had animals and I was particularly fond of my pet rabbit – Rabby. I trained Rabby to come to me when he was called, he would ride on the back of my bicycle in a bucket that he was not strapped in to. Rabby’s proudest moment by far was when he won the Supreme Champion award at the local A&P show for two years running. Yes, a rabbit in a pram dressed like a baby beat all of the fancy cows and lambs that Wanganui had to offer. I was only twelve when Rabby died and it was my first but not my last encounter with losing a loving, loyal, fun, cuddly mate.
As time went by, I had several strong relationships with beautiful pets. I know and understand the pain losing such a friend can bring which lead me to wonder, if this can bring so much sadness then why do we own them. The answer to that question is actually very simple and well explained in the following quote:
“It came to me that every time I lose a dog, they take a piece of my heart with them and
every new dog that comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart.
If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog and
I will become as generous and loving as they are.
– Anonymous ‘Dogs’ lives are too short.’
Though this beautiful quote pertains to dogs, I feel it can easily be applied to any of our loved furry friends.