Friends Who ARE NOT Animal Lovers
I've been stressed to levels I've never experienced before and needed some sort of release before I had a total mental breakdown. Luckily, a friend came over yesterday to have a few drinks and dish the dirt about ourselves and our lives. We worked on the drinks and the stress, and it was just what the doctor ordered. The visit was truly therapeutic, because we laughed and cracked each other up with our commentary on life's woes. I feel almost normal again.
But the thing is, she does NOT like animals. It's so funny to see her react to the dogs when they greet her--her body stiffens and recoils. She is a very neat, Felix Unger type of person when it comes to her home, and as you all know, it's hard to be like that and be comfortable with pets all over. I must say though, that after a few drinks she was actually talking baby talk to Zoe.:)
It's funny, several people I know and really like, do not like pets AT ALL. A former coworker, a coworker here at the paper and my visiting friend. But here's the thing: They KNOW they don't like pets and therefore DO NOT get pets, only to later neglect or give them up like so many other people do. I don't think less of people who don't love animals the way I do. I understand everyone has different loves. Heck, some people actually like babies! All I expect is that, like my friend, they don't get a pet of any kind. My problem is with people who will get a pet just because their kid wants one, or for any number of other equally stupid reasons. Then they can't deal with it and give it up, causing a problem so big that 5,000 pets are euthanized in this county every year.
So, do you have any friends or family members that don't like pets? How do you deal with them? Or do you?
Picture today is of two more good friends who are very different, but friends nonetheless: Catfish and Tarzan, aka Bubby and Puff Puff.
posted by Sandy at 2/25/2007 06:45:00 PM