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Pets to People

What does your pet mean to you?

Pets! A domestic or tamed animal kept for companionship and sometimes the emotional connection that humans crave for. May it be any kind of animal, birds, lizards, turtles, cats and dogs etc., they are more than just a pet for most of us.

In reality, the law to protect these beautiful animals are insufficient and sometimes non-existent in some parts of the world. As a result, many animals suffer cruelty in the hands of someone who exploit them.

As humans, we are superior to all other creatures. We claim to be superior, but we are the cause why our planet is deteriorating in an alarming state of destruction. We allow or turn a blind eye for animals to be left irresponsibly out to die on the streets. Perhaps, for some, the meaning of being superior is; no one else can stop you from what you want to do since all else are beneath you. Grandiosity!

Deciding to have a pet should have mental, physical, financial and emotional protocols almost like deciding if you want to have a child. It is also a responsibility not often recognized by humans towards animals.

These beautiful creatures who are often than not, more willing and capable of giving unconditional love than our own relatives. They provide us with unwavering loyalty, patience to try and understand what we want to say regardless the barrier in language.

I personally have eight dogs, chihuahua, Labrador and mini pincher. They are like my own children, my source of innocent love and affection. They are part of my life and part of my family. It is also helpful having one or some, especially if you have your own children. Dogs will teach them to be responsible and empathetic as they grow.

Pets help in many societal ways as well, especially dogs. They can easily be trained. Dogs are used to help people in a diverse range of activities, rescue, therapy and other essential assistance to handicapped or challenged people.

One of our main responsibilities towards our pets is ensuring their health and wellness. There are a few organizations who help to rescue animals if the owner could no longer take care of them. Perhaps, we could take an active part on rescue, adopt and volunteer to help dogs or other animals without owners. Another way is supporting organizations who work towards the same cause.

I do admire those well-intentioned animal lovers and friends. And to those unique individuals who can balance life and people, then still have the will, the time and the strength to rescue; thank you. Perhaps, one day people will recognize that their irresponsibility towards animals doesn’t just lead to neglect, suffering, pet overpopulation and death to animals. It also hurts people and to the extreme it does destroy human lives.

I strongly believe that the famous phrase “Let’s save the Planet!” is not only for human existence alone, but for all living creatures that inhabit our beautiful mother earth.

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