You can tell a lot about the character of a man by the way he treats an animal. – Unknown
Back home, I had chickens, a rabbit named Bugs, a Shetland Pony named Dolly, a dog named Dusty, a dog named Lady and the odd cricket I managed to catch and put in a wire cage. I’m more than qualified to be a pet parent. We had more animals than the North Riverside Park Zoo!
Today is NATIONAL PET PARENT’S DAY!!! Obviously, Casey has me wrapped around his little paw, but I think some other folks are pretty entertained by their pets as well.
OK, there’s no way I’d adopt a pet like a lion or tiger or anything really wild… BUT what about a hedgehog??? Um… well…
Keep in mind that adopting a pet from a shelter is a lifelong commitment. You have to love and care for that animal for the rest of its life. Yes they are cuddly and cute, but they may have some fairly high vet bills because of sickness or injury at some point. It’s not all just laughter and light, although it’s usually a good day.
If at all possible, adopt from a shelter. Don’t buy animals from pet shops or from breeding farms out in the country. I made a horrible mistake when I was young and stupid. I paid a large sum of money for a sheltie puppy to a breeding farm. When I took the pup in to the vet to be examined, I learned he had heartworms! I didn’t put the pup down, but the treatments nearly killed the poor baby. He survived but it took a long time for him to bounce back from the “lead” treatments. I should have sued the breeder to at least get my money back, but I didn’t.
In our 27 year marriage we’ve had 4 dogs and a cat. Not all at once. We only have one dog at a time. My husband had a cat when I married him. I can’t imagine not having a pet. There’s a love with animals that you just don’t have with people. They make no demands and don’t hold grudges. ❤