I’ve had many pets throughout my 66 years on planet earth. I was about seven years old when I had my first pet rabbit and 55 when I had my last bulldog. I love having pets, but since we travel a lot it doesn’t seem fair to have one right now. Maybe when things slow down a bit I’ll get a small dog.
Fortunately we do get to look after Wrigley. He’s my daughter’s rescue dog; a beautiful little Shih Tzu, and when they go away, Wrigley comes to stay with us. He’s sitting on my feet right now as I tap away on the laptop. He’s warm and cuddly and affectionate. He’s always happy to see me. Even if I go out for a few minutes, when I come back in, he wags his tail as if I’ve been away for years! He’s more excited to see me than my own family!
Pets take commitment, and sometimes that’s a great way to kick depression where it needs to be kicked. For example, Wrigley needs a walk and food at least twice a day and a few healthy tidbits in-between. He also needs to go to the veterinarian for shots every so often. So looking after a dog is definitely a BIG commitment. And that’s the great thing about having a pet. Like this morning.
We’re looking after Wrigley for a few days and he wakes up early. This morning it was 6:30 am. So up I get. I didn’t really want to, but once I was up—I was UP! And Wrigley is so happy—so encouraging—so pleased to see me up and about. Who else is going to appreciate me as much as Wrigley so obviously does. Yes, people can say, “good job” and “I love you,” but when a dog wags its tail and looks so lovingly at you there isn’t any room to feel depressed. It’s vitality, vitality, vitality.
Today my friend, maybe you don’t feel you want to be committed to owning a dog….but maybe a neighbor or friend would really appreciate you walking their dog. It’s so much fun. When you walk a dog there is no time to rush it. They love to sniff, and stop and smell the …. Roses?!! Okay, they may not be roses they’re sniffing, but it gives you and me the opportunity to stop and smell the actual roses. Wrigley slows me down enough to be in the moment instead of in bed. So enjoy a pet today!