Reflecting on Responsible Pet Owners Month, I find it time to wax poetic again. I will attempt to be gentle. Have you ever watched the movie Billy Madison? His teacher is reading the class a story about a lost puppy. I think he best put it when he said the following (if you don't like cussing, don't watch the video, people):
"The part of the story I don't like is that the little boy gave up looking for Happy after an hour. He didn't put posters up or anything, he just sat on the porch like a goon and waited. That little boy's gotta think 'You got a pet. You got a responsibility.' If your dog gets lost you don't look for an hour then call it quits. You get your a## out there and you find that f###ing dog."
Makes perfect sense to me. In fact, I say....CALL THE COPS, ENLIST YOUR FRIENDS, GO TO THE SHELTER, CALL IN THE MARINES! If you have read my blog from when Big Al was a puppy and made a mad dash for the office door when a delivery guy came in then you know how I feel about my dogs. Seeing Al sprinting gleefully towards the highway was the equivalent of someone water boarding me.
Being a responsible pet owner to your dog or any companion animal is about so many things. They are living, breathing beings just like our children. They should be taken care of as such. In the event that you are a horrible parent to any mammal then I say you just throw in the towel and move to the mountains. Anyone that does not agree with this does not deserve a pet (insert salty humans here).
I understand there are different levels of pet ownership. I find all of them to be acceptable as long as the pet is being cared for properly. Maybe you live on a farm and you don't always know where your pet is. I get it. Could I do that? Hell no. I freak out when I cannot see one of my dogs within my tiny fenced in back yard after taking a quick glance out the back door. So no. Does it make sense in thousands of other people's lives? YES! Where does this scenario go south? It takes a turn for the worst when you aren't vetting your pet, feeding your pet, loving your pet or committing to their all around care.
If you know my blonde bestie then you are completely and totally aware that she, too, treats her fur baby just as she does her children. Always has, always will. The woman has covered her entire home in rugs because Tink has a fear of the hardwood floor. I can't make this up, people. She also cuts our time in here hectic schedule to just chill with Tink for a few minutes. Maybe they cuddle, maybe they play, maybe they talk....maybe they lie in the grass and reflect on their day. I don't know. I just know it happens.
Often when you read about what being a responsible pet owner entails you will find that one of the top 10 is "can you afford a pet". I've always been on the fence here. Judge all you want- I can take it. When I was 20 years old, in my first apartment that was no bigger than my current kitchen, I adopted my very first shelter dog from the Northeast Missouri Humane Society. I WAS BROKE. I was. I adopted Buddy because I KNEW I was supposed to be him mom as soon as he laid eyes on me. I had only gone along with my friend to get her dog. As completely broke as I was, I made sure that dog was cared for properly. When I was short on funds my dog (MY RESPONSIBILITY) was still fed and vetted while I ate Frosted Flakes, hot dogs and those nasty orange packages of noodles. I was not about to let this dog down- he never let me down. So, yes, please make sure that you are willing to do what it takes financially to care for your pet. Also know that you do not have to be rich to have a pet. They alone will make you rich beyond the means of any money.
A responsible pet owner, in short, is one that asks themselves "am I capable of doing whatever it takes to meet the needs of this companion animal?". That's it. If you are willing to do WHATEVER you have to in order to care for this life then you, in my opinion, are a responsible pet owner (as long as you follow through on that promise).
DON'T BE A LOSER- COMMIT TO YOUR PET FOR LIFE.
One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes... and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility. ~~Eleanor Roosevelt
Was that last part too much? Anyhoo- moving on.......
Every pet deserves to have a responsible owner. If we choose to adopt a pet, then it is our duty to properly care for them and to make sure they have everything they need to be healthy, safe and blissful. Owning a pet, just like having children, is an honor and a privilege. It should be felt as such.
Responsible Respect & Loving Licks,
PS- We know that everyone's opinion is different. We respect that. The brunette knows she's harsh sometimes. We ask that you respect that. If she wrote all of her feelings in this blog about pet ownership it would have been offensive to some and also a short novel....you can thank her later.