The other day as my companion, Snowball, and me went for our morning stroll we observed a lady coming back from shopping and walking to her house from parking the car. She had to walk past a pen where she keeps her dogs. Their tales were wagging in anticipation of a friendly pat from their owner and they did not receive it. This is what prompted me to write this.
Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains un-awakened.
– Anatole France
You see their are “Pet Owners” and people who have animal companions. IF you bought or were given or went to the pound for an animal you accepted a lifetime of responsibility for the animal you brought into your life. It does not end with making sure that water & food are available. It also requires that you acknowledge their other needs.
How do we accomplish this? By a friendly pat when you come back into their life whenever you leave them, even if it”s just for a short period, by providing “fresh” water and food. Even though they cannot tell you they hurt you as knowing your companion know that something is wrong and take them to a Vet. You will take time out of your day to spend some time with them whether it is a walk or just letting them have a leg to lean on or a space alongside of you to curl up with you. If they bring you a toy you will play with them and not ignore them.
But you will not discipline them with your hand – they will know by the tone in your voice when they are displeasing you. Although they cannot talk there are so many signs that they transmit to you on a daily basis you should get to know them.
An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.
– Martin Buber
Only then you will reach into their lives as they have hopefully reached into yours.
All of the above make you a person who has a companion rather than an “Owner”.