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

We are one

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”.


Paul Kattner

I am retired after working as an industrial mechanic for most of my work career. I am married have had animals friends almost my whole life. This project that I have taken on has given me more satisfaction than my whole work career. So far over 600 beds and 60 cat bunks or towers have been made and donated to various shelters. Some new items were dog bunk beds and cat hammocks. I sleep at night knowing that in a small way we have made a difference in the life of the animals who have received our beds. We have sent beds to Nebraska, Texas, State of Washington and New Jersey. We have helped Eagle Scouts in their projects and in turn they have helped us.

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