Vet bills, allergies, shots, pet sitters, food expenses. In a time when we all complain that we lack time and often complain about not enough money, why are we so driven to have pets?
Logically speaking, there is no reason to take on another pet and another responsibility- unless you have one. Then, you will do whatever it takes to take care of your fur babies.
The first pet from our family growing up was a little white poodle. She lived to be fifteen and although my siblings all claimed even ownership, she was mine. She slept in my bed, she came to my call, I fed her, walked her, trained her (which she resisted summarilly) and I was with her to the end. Long after my siblings had moved out, and I had become a grown up, married with children, I loved that dog. At the age of 18 she died, leaving a hole no other dog could ever fill.
I also had a cat that I absolutely loved and adored. She was a constant companion for my dog, except at night when she went prowling. In the mornings I was often greeted with the horrific offerings of her night time catches which she lovingly placed on the front door mat. When she approached the end of her life (Feline leukemia at age 15), it was the hardest thing to let her go. I remember crying as hard for her as I ever had in my life.
Vet bills, while a serious financial hardship back then, were not even questioned. Special dog food needed for a skin allergy? No problem. We struggled to pay the bills, but our pets ate premium food while we counted pennies.
Why do pets have such a hold on our hearts that we are willing to sacrifice in order to take care of them? I am not sure. Perhaps in the unwavering loyalty? Perhaps it’s the physical bonding that happens when you are in constant contact with a pet. Maybe it is because we love to feel needed, and love pouring out our energy on a living being that really never demands more than we can give.
In any case, as parents, we have had limited pets due to allergies and asthma in our home. But fortunately for our girls, guinea pigs have been a joyful addition to their childhoods.
Expensive vet bills, feed, bedding, pet sitters. True. But seeing the devotion and joy in my daughters as they lovingly cared for, played with and talked to their little pets made me know it was all worth it.
I still miss my dog and cat from time to time, even though they have been gone many years. But I am not just reminiscing. I am excited to tell you about an upcoming film, Dog Days. If you love your fur babies (or pet fish or hairless cat, or whatever has captured your heart and attention), you are going to want to see this film.
SYNOPSIS: DOG DAYS is a hilarious and heartfelt ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals. When these human and canine’s paths start to intertwine, their lives begin changing in ways they never expected. This is a sweet film about the joy our furry friends bring into our lives and what they can teach us about treating people with kindness and compassion. DOG DAYS releases in theaters in August 8.
Grace Hill Media has given me the opportunity to give away a $50 gift card to a loving pet owner. To enter for a chance to be chosen, just reply below with a description of your family pet(s) and one of the ways loving a pet has enriched your life.