My motto for this year’s A to Z is “Animals in my life – stuffed or alive”.
“It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.”
The author of this quote is unknown, as far as I know. Replace “dog” with “budgies, cats, dogs, hamsters, horses” and you know how I feel about all the animals I was entitled to meet in my life.
I am aware of the fact that humans need to interact with other humans, but my pets never mobbed or belittled me because I was different from them (what, in fact, always was the case :-D). They followed me through good and bad times without hesistating. I made many errors, but they forgave me.
This is something our pets can teach us: Acceptance and affection know no limits. We humans are so busy building walls, that the possibility of all-embracing love often is forgotten.
Yes, every one of them took a piece of my heart with me – I gladly gave it. And if my heart looks a little bit strange because it is part human and part animal – I don’t care, I treasure their legacy and I hope, I will always be worthy of the love they gave to me so willingly.