Every day we are privileged to see a pet be adopted by someone who wants to give that animal a great home. Sometimes we forget that the animal is adopting his human as well.
They take care of us when we are sad. They protect us when we are in danger. They also give us a purpose. When you wake up in the morning the first thing that you do is take your dog outside. Then you feed him. Then you think about where he will stay while you leave for the day. You say your goodbyes and go off to your job or school and go about your day. You come home and take your dog outside. You feed him, play with him, maybe give him a bath and then go to bed ready to do it over the next day.
It’s easy to get into a routine and sometimes forget everything they give to bring more joy to our day. They bring us smiles in the midst of a work day at the thought of that unusual spot he used for the bathroom or the nuzzle she gave you with her head underneath your chin. They bring anticipation to get home to see those tails fly in all directions. Most importantly, they give you love and trust.
There are rewards in life given to us every day. A raise or promotion, maybe a new car after graduating college. Most of these things don’t last. An animal’s trust will. When he looks at you and turns over to show his vulnerable belly with those eyes piercing your heart, it is the greatest feeling you can know. The most important thing to get from my little ramble is this: We give our animals care and attention every day, and in return our animals give us the self respect and motivation to be better people. When an animal who has been left out in the cold for years without a kindness from any human looks at you with his sparkling brown eyes and puts his head on your lap for five minutes of rest, trusting you will not let anything happen to him, it is the greatest lesson of faith I’ve ever known. If these animals can find a way to trust us, then we have the duty and the responsibility to trust and respect them, and most importantly each other.
Matt Crickenberger is an adoption counselor at the Richmond SPCA. To read the biographies of our regular bloggers, please click here. Before posting a comment, please review our commenting guidelines.