The power of love …

….. for the animals in our lives.

In yesterday’s post Senior Smiles there was a lovely exchange between Cindy and me. Cindy wrote:

Just a few days ago I relived in my mind the pain of losing our 16 year old Bichon- and that was a year and a half ago! Honestly, that is my biggest fear of adopting another dog- esp an older one.

Cindy then, mistakenly in my view, thought that, “it’s selfish to hang on to grief like this, and I REALLY don’t mean to“, to which I replied:

Grief is not a selfish attitude, far from it! You will know when it’s the right time to adopt, and love, a new dog.

You can then easily imagine my pleasure when thinking of what to write for today’s post to see a recent item over on the Care2 site about our commitment to our pets. About our love for our pets.

The item was called How Far Would You Go For Your Pet? and is republished here today. I would like to dedicate this post to Cindy! Cindy is the author of the blog: Mermaid in a Mudslide.

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How Far Would You Go for Your Pet?

1388717.largeBy: TreeHugger. August 23, 2016

There is simply no denying the power that pets hold over us.

I suppose there are a number of reasons why we love our dogs and cats (and others) so much, but surely their innocence and unconditional love rank right up there on top. Plus they’re cute, and furry, and funny, and sweet, and overall good companions. But I have to think there is something about them providing access to the larger animal world in general as well – domesticated animals are like a bridge between us civilized humans and wildlife, and for this they serve an important role. If we can find compassion for our companion animals, in many cases that compassion seeps out and becomes extended to other elements of the natural world as well.

And we really, really have compassion for our pets. Like, approaching fervency. Last year Americans spent over $60 billion on their pets, a number expected to increase by another $2 billion this year. That. Is. So. Much. Money. If you spent $20 per second, it would take 95 years to spend $60 billion.

But even more telling than how much we spend on our pets is the other sacrifices we would make for them. With pets on their mind, the website Abodo conducted a survey of 2,000 dog and cat owners and asked them all kinds of bordering-on-Sophie’s-Choice type of questions. The following results display just how cuckoo we are for our creature cohabitants.

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See more of the survey’s results here.

Written by Melissa Breyer, this post originally appeared on TreeHugger.

Photo Credit: dougwoods/Flickr

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The power of (unconditional) love!

20 thoughts on “The power of love …

  1. Love this post!! I would have done anything to save my last dog Monty. We got into debt for his treatment and I don’t regret spending any of it. I would do the same and more. It’s good to know there are others who would put an animal first!

  2. Only 32% would kill a person to save their pet? I would, in a heartbeat, especially (as I assume the question is meaning) if that person was going to kill the pet. If it could be avoided, then sure, no killing, but if the option was as black and white, then, well, sorry human being.

    1. John, my immediate response is to say that I agree with you. Jean, I know for sure, would be even quicker to agree with you. I am just aware that the very thought of killing another person exposes an aspect of me that I really don’t know. Would I react without thought, would I challenge the person to stop before attacking them, would I retain the presence of mind to know what I was doing and to dominate the incident, ???.

      Trust me, I’m not trying to come across as being a ‘smart-arse’ just being a little introspective in the light of your response.

  3. IMO, any person who inflicts great cruelty and suffering on an animal, not just one’s own pet, is best ‘neutralised’. Would I do it? Probably not – if it meant years in jail. Could I do it, without moral qualms, if I knew I would never be discovered? You betcha!
    Sounds awful, but I can’t stand it that so many evil doers seem to get away with the things they do. And getting rid of them saves others from suffering in the future.

    1. Yes, in so many walks of life and in so many ways ‘evil doers’ seem to have free rein. Funny old world – thank goodness for our animals! Marg, loved reading your response. Best wishes to you.

    1. Aren’t they just! Family in the most beautiful manner. That’s not to downgrade our relationships with our offspring, far from it, but the openness, the simplicity and the purity of a relationship with a pet animal, especially dogs, is unique.

  4. They are family. Not objects to play with or to entertain us. They bring so much meaning into our lives. We learn so much about love, life and what matters most.
    No question about it.
    Let us continue to honor that bond and feel it seep into us, heart and soul.

  5. Hmm I agree with. just about all of it. I have made huge sacrifices for my pets and I will continue. I’m not a person of means but I’m thrifty and I’ve a decent retirement. Yes, I love some of my animals more than most humans. I would starve before eating a human or any of my pets.

    Interesting post. Reminds me of a lady in New York City, I think it was, who spent about 12k or so to save the life of her dog. This was several years ago. People on the Internet criticized her and called her crazy and that she cared more for an animal than she did for people. (How would they know?) That really made me angry for what business is it of anyone to say what a person can spend on their pet?

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