Animals in our lives are a mark of time. Their all too short lives intertwine with our moods and existence. i’m sure each of you can remember moments of difficulty or joy that you shared when they seemed to “know” your mood. C’mon, Haven’t you ever had a dog look you in the eye and you knew what they were thinking. I’ve experienced this awareness in the Dobermans I’ve held in my arms from puppy to adulthood in my lifetime.
I’ve easily come to know their moods and can recognize when they are in need of reassurance, love, play or simply want to be wherever you are. And how different are any of us than the desire for those simple needs. We’ve all managed to complicate our lives to the point where we keep everyone at our phones distance.
When texting and online communication keep demanding more from us – I believe that the animals and pets that adopt us are sent by God to help us withstand life regardless of our own personal distractions. Life in it’s unending disappointments and overwhelming joy and our limitations to sometimes help us take the time to even enjoy life.
We are reminded that our adopted animals need our care and that we should take the time to appreciate their time on this earth. Reminders, are everywhere but we usually don’t listen. We usually pay attention when the end of our time is short or just at hand. You never hear anyone say “gee, I wish I had spent more time at work”. Well I did that – I worked all the time and when I look back at the animals that spent their lives waiting on me to come home or pick up a frisbee or just throw a fucking bone, I feel ashamed and embarrassed from the missed opportunities. If there was ever clear motivation to make the most of the time we have available it rises from that perspective and becomes more important every day. Do it now.