National Love Your Pet Day!
Friday, 20 February 2015
When I was about five years old, we took a trip to the zoo. Most of the day, I wanted to stay by the elephant enclosure. There was a really cute baby elephant there. Dad complied. At that point, I knew exactly what I wanted for Christmas: my very own elephant. I had it all planned out. She could live in the back yard and the basement, and I was sure she would love to eat cheerios. I never did get that elephant as a pet! I once visited one and took her for a walk in the Lancaster Hills, but that is not quite the same.
Over the years, however, I owned lizards and frogs, a tarantula, a rescued kangaroo rat and a parakeet. As a family, we had a cat for a short time, but then got Toodles—a great little mutt. Once we all grew up and left home, Mom had a couple other dogs who were really part mine as well, as I recall. Of course, my best pet was Murphy, the almost full-bred Yellow Labrador who went with me everywhere for nearly 16 years.
Of course, it does not matter what animal is your pet; the love shared is what makes the pet so terrific. In dire circumstances, a Pet Rock might even work! What pets do you have or fondly remember?
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SOME QUOTES ABOUT PETS
“There are no ordinary cats.” Collette
“A really companionable and indispensable dog is an accident of nature. You can’t get it by breeding for it, and you can’t buy it with money. It just happens along.” E. B. White
“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” Groucho Marx
“If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.” Alfred North Whitehead
“It’s funny how dogs and cats know the inside of folks better than other folks do, isn’t it?” Eleanor. H Porter
“Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” George Eliot
“Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.” Jeff Valdez
“Old age means realizing you will never own all the dogs you wanted to.” Joe Gores
“A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down.” Robert Benchley
“I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” Sir Winston Churchill
“You know what I like most about people? Pets.” Jarod Kuntz
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France
“I made myself a snowball as perfect as can be. I thought I’d keep it as a pet, and let it sleep with me. I made it some pajamas and a pillow for its head. Then last night it ran away, but first—it wet my bed.” Shel Silverstein
“I tell you, that dragon’s the most horrible animal I’ve ever met, but the way Hagrid goes on about it, you’d think it was a fluffy little bunny rabbit.” J. K. Rowling
“I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” Abraham Lincoln
“It may be a cat, a bird, a ferret, or a guinea pig, but the chances are high that when someone close to you dies, a pet will be there to pick up the slack. Pets devour the loneliness. They give us purpose, responsibility, a reason for getting up in the morning, and a reason to look to the future. They ground us, help us escape the grief, make us laugh, and take full advantage of our weakness by exploiting our furniture, our beds, our refrigerator. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Pets are our seat belts on the emotional roller coaster of life—they can be trusted, they keep us safe, and they sure do smooth the ride.” Nick Trout