You know it really gets to me when someone says all a pet needs is some food & water and they’re fine. Although it is true that they will most likely will be fine physically what people forget to think about is how they feel. To know how they feel all we have to do is listen.
That’s really the whole point of animal advocacy, animal empathy, and love for animals. It’s putting yourself in their shoes and paying attention to what they are trying to communicate. I think if everyone took the time to do that we would see that just throwing some food & water at them is not enough.
Animals are living, breathing beings just as we are. They, as we do, have a life and that life is with us because we made the choice to bring them into our family. There is a saying that they are a small part of our life but to them we are their whole world. Well that’s just it and sometimes that feels like a lot of pressure doesn’t it? I am certainly not perfect and feel guilty all the time for not spending enough time playing with Cino.
Us humans are always tired, aren’t we? But I do more than just throw food & water at her. She is family and I consider her needs everyday. People who know me know that If I could bring her with me everywhere, I would and if I have an option to go somewhere further away, I won’t unless I can bring her.
Although I can’t control how someone spends time with their pet, I hope I can help others see that they are feeling beings too. Not an object, not “just” an animal, but a living, feeling being with their own needs.