To Get a Pet or Not to get a Pet
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- Preparing to Adopt a Pet
Happiness all around when you make the right decision in deciding whether to adopt a pet Your child has been begging for a pet. Or maybe you feel an empty spot in your life that may be filled by a four-legged...
As a child and on into my teens years I was surrounded by pets, for the most part, they were one dog and two or more cats; however, birds and hamsters did appear now and then.
The last pet I looked after was a dog that I had to give up when we moved to a house where the owner did not allow pets. Fortunately, we found Cleo a good home but I can still see her trying to follow me as I walked away.
Over the years I had reports on her progress and she seems to have had a good life. That was almost 30 years ago and I have not owned a pet since then.
Two recent events have brought the issue of pet ownership into focus, at least for me. One took palce on a macro scale, in the world of celebrity. Paris Hilton, well-known socialite has plans to buy a pot-bellied pig.
The organization People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) objected and was angered that Hilton was planning to buy a pig.
The second took place on a micro scale. An acquaintance has recently purchased a dog, one of those small one that, at least around here, seem to be everywhere. The other night the friend was talking about how she was training and disciplining her dog; soemthign diapers being left around the house while she was at work. I was paying close attention but gather it had to do with dog toilet training.
Now, pondering both these pet tales, has lead me to ask, do people know what they are getting into when obtaining a pet? In both these cases, I think the answer can be yes, but I really do not know. There is little special training required to purchase or otherwise get a dog or cat. So people may have great intentions but lack the knowledge to take the responsibility pets demand.
Are prospective pet owners ready for the extra time, effort and expense that are required? At the very least anyone who is thinking about getting a pet needs to evaluate their situation before they bring one home. Pets have needs and brining one into your home means you are the one who must help them meet those needs. Pets need exercise food and water for example.
They, at least dogs and cats when they mood moves them, need or want affection and kind words. If you can’t spend time being kind to your pet, what is the point, and if you regret having to walk them or get up and let them in and out, then why are you getting one?
Pets are not a toy, and children do not automatically need one, nor does their desire to own one, mean they or you know how to properly care for that pet.
Before you add a pet too yoru home, know yourself, and be honest, can you really given your current lifestyle adequately look after the pet?
If the answer is yes, learn as much as you can about the animal or being you are about to include in yoru hoem. A trip to the local library or a pet shop can help. Find out first and avoid regret and possibly drastic reactions.
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