L is for LOVE and LOYALTY

L is for LOVE and LOYALTY

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My motto for this year’s A to Z is “Animals in my life – stuffed or alive”.

This is also a contribution to Feline Friday.

The most important things my pets taught me are love and loyalty. They see us humans as one of them, and they treat us as a member of their pack. I think this is the most important reason why being with pets has such a calming effect on most people. They don’t ask questions, they don’t discriminate, they just love us.

The picture above shows fltr Sammy, Jackie and Micky. Micky really had a big heart. After being the only cat in our household for three years, Sammy joined us. Micky soon understood this kitten needed help, and help she did. She treated Sammy as she had born her herself. Later Sammy gave birth to Jackie, and Micky helped rising her, too.

Later, Sammy and Jackie accepted even dogs in their home. The pack has gone through so many changes since we started having cats. But one thing remained the same: Every member wanted it to work out and did whatever he/she could (including us humans).

When one of us was ill, we could count on the fact that one of the cats would join us and purr up a storm. Jackie still does that. We humans tried and try to repay them. This includes helping them over the Rainbow Bridge. It’s the least we can do for a pet that was loyal to us all its life.

If you visit an animal shelter, you will hear many stories why pets had to leave their home. Most of them could have been prevented. The real reason often was the humans didn’t want to spent more time or money on their pets.

If you ask me, this is a shame. I will always try to be worthy of the love and loyalty our pets give us. I asked everybody who tells us that he/she wants a pet to think very hard if they can be as loving and loyal as their pet for years or even decades!

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4 thoughts on “L is for LOVE and LOYALTY

  1. You’re exactly correct… it’s their love and loyalty that we find so endearing and so precious in our lives. They don’t even care if they don’t live in the finest circumstances as long as they have you nearby. They are sad when we leave even for a little while, and will follow us room to room as we go about our day. I am always delighted that they want to be near me that badly. When we are sick or depressed, they always seem to know, and purrs and cuddles are so healing! I believe that animals learn to get along when the humans who invite them into their homes approach it gently with that expectation that they will work things out between them. I’ve yet to see it fail if given enough time… and as you note, if the humans are willing to invest the time and attention. Pets aren’t toys, and people who get them on a whim and then quickly grow bored and ignore them upset me greatly. I love those who rescue these abandoned furkids, and I love you for taking them into your home and making them family for life! ❤

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    1. One of our dogs, Sam, still is deeply traumatized by what he went through as a puppy. He still often is difficult to deal with. And still… we wouldn’t bring him back to the shelter. Instead we celebrate every small victory with him.

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