Thursday, February 21, 2013

Caring About and Caring for Animals Are Not the Same Thing

It's Responsible Pet Owner Month which, of course, I love.
There seems to be a really blase attitude in America when it comes to taking care of our animals.

Animals are living creatures, they are not disposable.

When you decided you wanted a pet, you made a commitment to that animal that you would not only love them, but also provide for them.

I'll be the first to admit that we've been through a few pets in our family, but you must also know this. When those animals were in our house, they wanted for nothing. Our animals are spoiled rotten, and also trained, socialized, and disciplined. I made sure to find good families for the animals that didn't quite fit in our home.

There is a difference between a pet not being a good fit in your family,
and a pet being neglected.

  • That animal expects to be with you for the rest of his life, not until you move.
  • That animal trusts that you will feed him everyday, not just when you can afford it.
  • That animal thinks he'll always be your baby, not just until a human baby replaces him.
  • That animal believes that you will show him right from wrong, not let him run awry.
Check out more ways to be a responsible pet parent here.

As Iowa is in February, it is snowing like gangbusters outside. I'm going to snuggle up next to my fireplace with as many of my furbabies as I can.
Have a great night!

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