A pet is forever. It is a responsibility and a commitment.
Treat them as if they were your own children because their lives are in your hands too.
I regret to see how prominent the recent increase in animal abuse and abandonment cases are now and after watching videos (although I try not to sometimes), I would be fuming mad.
I have had many pets before, ranging from chickens (yes chickens), birds, terrapins, hamsters (okay they belonged to my sis) and dog!
Of course, as time passes by, gradually one by one died or were set free (my monstrous terrapins which could bite till bleed). I am currently left with my dog (thank god!) and 2 canaries (my dad bought them again).
I shall focus on my longest pet ever – My dog, Jingles.
She turns 11 years old this year and I am very grateful that she is still healthy and active.
However, there have been lapses when she is just restless (due to age) and sometimes, it hurts me so bad to see her doubling her effort getting up on all 4 legs from her lying down position.
She does not have any illnesses (THANK GOD!) but I know I can’t keep her forever. Even a healthy human will die of old age.
Although that would be the best preference to die, I am deeply saddened by the fact that time flies so fast that she is already 11 now.
And whenever I think of where am I going to put her at after settling down and moving out of my parents’ house, troubles me.
It’s not that I don’t wish to stay with her, of course I do!!! But I do not wish to house her where 90% of the time, nobody would be home. My future husband and I would be working full-time (most probably unless we strike lottery?) so I feel it’s kinda unfair to chuck her at a home but with no companion.
Dogs may die of loneliness, just like humans.
Jingles is my very first pet dog, I’m not sure if I would get another one after her passing. I mean I love animals and I would be elated to have a new pet dog but I don’t think I can suffer blows when they pass on. Each time I think of it, tears would well up in my eyes. 😥
She may not look completely normal (she has a crooked tongue due to nerve problem), she has occasional ticks/fleas but cured already as of now, she may be smelly, may be noisy and may even be mischievous on purpose, but she never fails to greet me with all enthusiasm when I’m home and when I wake up in the morning.