I’ve been watching my animals a lot lately, mostly because we just got two kittens and it’s been a chore to train them to be inside cats. The things is, though, there are some lessons to be learned from watching your pets, so I thought I’d give a try at listing some of my favorite lessons I’ve learned from my pets:
- Doesn’t matter how big you get, you can still be a lapdog. Yoshi, my fifty pound Terrier Mix will still come sit on our laps and enjoy the position of being a lapdog no matter the fact that he is fifty pounds. The lesson learned here is to be unconscious of my weight or my appearance, just get close to my loved ones. If they don’t want to snuggle, they’ll tell you.
- The elbow is the best place to land a kiss. Yoshi again. He enters the room and the first thing he does is plant a kiss on everybody’s elbow. This is annoying sometimes, but it teaches a great lesson. Always greet your family with a kiss. You never know if or when you’ll see them again.
- Be persistent, even if it’s painful. Little Felix is our rescued barn cat, and as such came to us a little malnourished. Since coming to us he has grown quite a bit, but his favorite treat is cheese, because we have given him some to help fatten his little body up. Every time the cheese comes out he circles our feet meowing until we give him some. If we continue to ignore him, he will jump up on our leg and sink his claws into our sensitive inner thighs. Believe me, this is no fun when you’re wearing yoga pants! What does this teach me? When I’m working on a project that requires the approval of someone who may not want to give it to me, be steadily persistent. Although I may not be as painfully persistent as my little Felix, lol.
- No one can resist warm hugs. My other rescued barn cat, Oscar, loves to wrap his body around your neck and purrrrrr. Giving you this warm hug every time he wants attention gives you the feeling that you’re the only one he really loves. What this teaches me is that you can never have enough hugs in your life.
- Tummy rubs are for Kings. My Bishon Frisée is the lover of tummy rubs. He will lay on his back getting his tummy rubbed with his tongue sticking out with pleasure on his face and it almost looks like he is smiling. This teaches me it is the simple pleasures of life that create satisfaction in life.
- Love is Unconditional. All of my animals love me without questioning. I am convinced I can do anything to them and they would stay loyal to me. Unfortunately many pet owners do do horrible things to their pets and yet their pets rarely do anything against them. If only humans could love like their pets know how to love.
- You are important. There have been times when my heart has been broken and I have been crying and my dogs have come up to me full of concern. They want to know that I’m OK. I’m important to them. Only God can do a better job than pets to show that kind of importance.
- Personal Space isn’t Necessary. If you watch a dog or cat you will notice they are not interested in keeping a bubble around themselves. They only want to be close to their loved ones. So they snuggle to their loved ones, they play within each other’s bubbles, they push into your bubble. They press in. They are brave. They are genuine. They are transparent. Authentic. So this is the most important lesson from our pets. Be authentic. Be genuine. Press in to your Loved Ones. Be brave and communicate.