There Is Nothing Like The Love Of A Pet

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Pets (I am trying to find a better name than this) can be a very huge part of our lives. Some people, such as myself and my wife, have them at the center of our world. We make all our plans around them. They become surrogate children for childless couples. They live in our care for years, and are there for good times and bad. They don’t hold a grudge. You could have the worst day and there is nothing better than coming home and being greeted by a dog jumping with joy on your return, tails wagging faster than your eyes could keep track of, tongues hanging out of mouths anxiously waiting to slobber you with wet, sloppy doggie kisses. Or a cat, stealth, regal and elegant, running to you and doing their magic of acrobatic circles of love and affection around and between your legs, with you doing all you can not to trip.

Then there are those days when you feel like crap. Every where hurts, every breath you take burns your lungs and your trachea closes in, resisting every intake of breath, making you want to cough that precious air out as soon as it breathes its life giving force into your chest. Your head hurts and all you want to do is curl up on the couch or in bed and sleep. And just when you thought that life was at its lowest point and you begin to lose faith in ever feeling better, that little warm body (or bodies if you are lucky like me) curl up next to you and you feel the love and support emanating from that little friend next to you. You place your hand on that smooth silky fur and you smile, even though you don’t want to. You have to, and life is good again, at least for a bit.

My babies would come next to me when I have a cluster headache and lick my forehead and I don’t know what it is, but they know, and it makes my headache better. I don’t care if my head is all slobbered and wet from dog spit. I don’t think anyone, not even my wife is going to come and try to lick my pain and discomfort away. If my heart as an A-fib, or tachycardia, they know and they come and press against me, supporting me, letting me know that everything is going to be okay.

That’s the thing with or little friends. Their love is totally unconditional. They ask for nothing or expect nothing in return. Just a little food and a lot of love. And they deserve it. When I have the opportunity to take a mid afternoon nap, I look forward to sharing my space with our beautiful dogs and cat. And everyone has their self assigned spot. The cat curls on my belly, the youngest dog curls up under my knees and butt, my middle dog curls up against my back, and our eldest goes up on my pillow and curls above my head. To someone that won’t have an animal on their bed, you have no idea how special you feel when you are surrounded with love in this way. I may not be able to move, but I don’t care.

So to all my animal babies that have cared for me and that I have had the honor and joy to care for over my fifty years on this planet, I thank you all for the unconditional love that you gave me, and for the silent support in the times I needed it, and for the times I wasn’t even aware that you were doing it.

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  1. There is nothing better more healing then the love of a pet! For sure!! I had quite the team for me. in 2010 I had 13 Marvelous, Loving, devoted cats. All specialists in their field! In ’09 my husband lost his job & insurance. In 2010 I got Triple Negative Breast Cancer! My cats all kicked in to find their order of expertise!! Stinkie she was with me since ’97. So she knew me Well. She knew I’d get a Migraine before I did! I’ve had them over 33+ years!! She also helped me through a Skull fracture, countless migraines, seperated sternum, broken collar bone Etc.. So for her TNBC was a Challenge! Since I couldn’t afford many of the Expensive, through the roof Cancer meds. Like an anti nausea, Emend for $100.00 Per pill! It was bad. Stinkie would make the Throw up sounds for me! With tears in her eyes as she cared!! She’d lay on the floor in the bathroom with me! Or as I’d be bedridden 12-12 days out of 14 & back for Chemo Monday. Until it was Weekly Chemo!! Stinkie was there to comfort me! She’d help me smile with tears in my eyes. She’d lay by my pounding head. As I lost my trademark Angel/Barbie 3′ foot long Beautiful hair! My head pounded from hair follicles Dying and a migraine! Muscle and bone pain came on ferocious.. But Stinkie was there. But so were Tabby, Clownie, Poopie, Krammer, Erin, Ellie May, Tia, Sleepie, Neekie, Zoey, Baby Boy & Twiggy. All had their parts in my healing! Stinkie was so devoted to me. We believe she took away my Cancer and she died. Even when she was Dying. She hung on for me and didn’t want me to cry. For I take losses hard. We lost My big Black cat Krammer on Friday the 13TH of August. Killed. So sad.. We lost Poopie also in ’10 right before Christmas!! Sleepie disappaered in March of 2010. Stinkie July 18 of ’11. Even after she died. Her blue eyes were precious steel blue and never faded even after she died. Pure Love!! Clownie died October of 1012. Neekie January of 12/ I’m heartsick over their losses. But I will never forget them. My stories of their love and devotion could fill pages. I can never Thank them. I just Hope & Pray one day we’ll see them again. We’re living on Love & a Prayer with Zero income! Down to 7 cats of mine and a couple that come here to eat. I turn no one away.. Our animals may be angels in disguise as well. Thank you for sharing my story. My Chemo damaged brain I ramble on. Thank you for reading. Thank you my precious furkids. I’ll never forget your love. You have a place in my heart no one can replace.

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    1. Basil Rene says:

      Thanks for sharing Linda. Wishing you all the best. Basil.

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  2. kim moore says:

    This is so sweet and so true,I and my husband have some pretty serious health problems,can not work,and our pets add so so much to our lives.They never make you feel bad if you do not have the energy to go places,they are content just to stay home and cuddle up next to you.They are a blessing,and so are all of you animal owners and caregivers.Blessings,Kim

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    1. Basil Rene says:

      Hi Kim. Thanks for dropping by. Only an animal guardian can ever understand the bond between us and our little furry friends. Hope you and your husband are better.

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