For the Love of Animals

Saturday, July 9th, 2005 • 3 Comments on For the Love of Animals

Suzanne wrote a very poignant post about her aging dog.  I know too well that bittersweet feeling of watching a beloved friend grow old and die.

I have many pets, as anyone who has ever met me knows.  My house is a veritable petting zoo of critters.  There have been times when I went to the pet store to buy pet food and came home with another pet.  No longer.  Now my pets come to me, the ones who are unwanted or homeless.  It is almost uncanny how I seem to acquire a new pet just as I lose one, or when I start thinking that it wouldn’t be too much of a hardship to take on one more.  I’m still a sucker for a cute little face in a pet store, but I resist the temptation because I know it’s only a matter of time before there’s another cat or bird or, most recently, gerbil, that will need a home even more. 

It’s hard sometimes, this overwhelming love and need to care for animals.  Time consuming, expensive, sometimes exhausting.  Pets get sick and need medication or expensive veterinary care; pets get old and require more attention and adjustments to routine; pets die, and my heart breaks with every one. 

Sometimes I think should stop taking in more pets.  Eventually, in another ten or fifteen years, all the pets I have now will be gone.  Imagine the possibilities of a pet-free house.  No mud and leaves tracked throughout in the spring and autumn.  No pet accidents on the carpet or fur on the furniture.  No pet food bills.  No costly trips to the vet.  No comforting a dog who is afraid of thunderstorms.  No breaking up tussles between cats.  No being woken up in the middle of the night.  No need to worry about pet care when I take a trip.  Life without pets would be nice and neat and quiet, wouldn’t it?  But it’s a fantasy I’ll never indulge for more than a few minutes, no matter how crazy they make me sometimes.

I have been told too many times to count that I can’t save them all, I can’t take them all in.  True.  But I do what I can.  As much as I can. 

What I can’t understand is the people who don’t do more.

Posted by Kristina in Musings
  • tee says:

    my ex is the same, many cats, dogs, rats, mice, ferrets, turtles, and one pig have passed thru our (hers now) doors…

    mostly good stories, except the pig, and one old dog. 

    the male potbelly pig should be fixed prior to the onset of his hormones, by the way.  otherwise he is an onery cuss, smashing his snout into curious dogs and small children as the mood hits him.  and when the demon hits, he starts humping anything, legs, pillows, anything… relentlessly.  and when you carry him out of the house, at arms length, he will shoot your unsuspecting wife while she’s holding the door open for you… nasty.

    a blind old dog sometimes gets very upset at feeding time when there are other dogs around, and he will bite the hand (and arm) that is feeding him, and hold on until you pry his old jaws off you, and then fasten back on higher up.  (2 days later i had an intravenous drip to fight off the infection).

    it’s truly amazing how calm an 8 year old boy can be while he’s staunching the flow of his dads blood with a towel…

  • Kristina says:

    Oh, Tee.  Oh.  I fear I will never recover from that mental picture.  You have a bad habit of messing with my psyche.  Stop that.

  • Kristina Wright says:

    I found your website while looking for my homepage. It’s weird seeing my name and it being someone else.
      I love animals! I have two dogs and two cats right now. I used to have three ferrets, but couldn’t take care of them properly so I gave them to a good friend that could definitely take care of them.

      My pride and joy is my nemo. She is my three legged dog. She was the runt, the vet was going to put her to sleep because she was born with three legs. I always pick the runt of the litter. Most of the time they have the best personalities.  I wish I could save all the animals.  We have taken in so many strays over the years. Sometimes keeping them, some times sending them to another good home. 

      I totally agree with you, I don’t see why people don’t do more.

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