What MAKES a Pet Lover?
And what makes a pet lover HER, my disgustingly skinny, gorgeous sister, pictured above? She asked me to post a topic asking you all what makes a person turn into a pet lover? Is it totally how you were brought up? Or something you found later? Is it like someone is interested in medicine and healing--something innate based on your genetics, talents, etc.?
We had 2 pets growing up. One, a little terrier, Pixie, when we were very young, and Misty, a beagle mix who was a wonderful dog. She died when I was in the Air Force in Korea. Daisylou went to the vet with the parents when Misty had to be euthanized in her old age. She drove and said my Dad, on the way home, held Misty's collar and just wept over it. My Dad was a man not afraid to show tears...like when he hadn't seen me for a long time and I came home on leave from the Air Force.
My Mom's mom, whom we never met (all our grandparents were dead before we came along) was an animal lover. My Mom said she worried constantly about the animals in the barn in winter. Had her pets spayed and neutered, even back then in the 30s and 40s. Made little "houses" for chipmunks and other wildlife. Fed the birds. Is animal-loving in our genes?
In our family, dogs always belonged IN THE HOUSE. My aunts and uncles and their kids are all dog lovers, whose pets go with them when they travel or just when visiting each other. I do not understand people keeping a dog tied to a dog house 24/7...and I know some otherwise decent people who do this, or have no problem "getting rid" of a pet for the lamest of reasons. Shouldn't get one if you're not willing to commit.
A lot of people LIKE pets, but what makes people like us who LOVE them to the extent we do? To get involved with helping in rescue and with shelters? To put up with the horrors we see when pets are abandoned, abused and neglected?
What makes a pet lover? In the picture above, I think we can see Daisy goes to the extreme! Animals love her too, and follow her around like she's the Pied Piper. Mom seems to be jealous that little Bennie (the dog of the dog-coat story) goes NUTS when Daisy comes home and wants to stick to her like glue.
But thank goodness there ARE people who love animals. There should be more!
posted by Sandy at 2/23/2007 07:23:00 AM