Lessons From Pets

Lessons for #PetServants

Yes, Pet Servant. Let’s face it, that’s what we are and we love every minute of it. Whether we’re being woken at the crack of dawn to a hungry cat standing on our chest, or stopping at every single tree on the daily walk, we’re all about serving our furry companions. While they may own us (and the house they just let us live in), it’s not all take. Our pets give us so much more in return: love, companionship, and many lessons we can carry with us.

Let’s look at a couple of the more common pets: Dogs and Cats. Whatever team you’re on, when you have one of these animals as pets, you’re getting not only a great companion, but a great messenger as well. Each have specific qualities that will pop up when you search for either as a totem or spirit animal. Look them up and learn how they can bring important messages to mind. In the meantime, let’s look at a few things we can learn just by watching our own.

The thing that has always been striking about these animals is their complete honesty. If an animal doesn’t like you, you generally know it. They won’t pretend, or hold back their excitement to look cool, as a lot of us tend to do. When they’re happy, they completely embrace the experience and have zero shame.

A more specific lesson they can teach, as illustrated by one of my own, is selflessness. We had two at the time, and they’d each get a rawhide bone sometimes as a treat. The smaller dog would always wait until the larger one had softened the bone enough, then take it for herself. Not once did he growl or do anything to take the bone back. He just moved on to the other (which would also be stolen later).

Forgiveness is another lesson to take from our pets, and something I saw in action. We also had two cats. One of those cats would try to get on the small dog’s nerves, constantly doing things that would make the poor dog nervous. The other accidently scared her while they were playing. Despite this, the little one would hover over the cats if they were getting sick or just looked unhappy for whatever reason. She would cry, and watch over them the whole time, assuring herself they were okay.

When watching my cat spread out on the bed, looking completely shameless, I’m reminded of the importance of getting plenty of rest, and just enjoying the moment. Not everything has to be a race, and you don’t have to pack a hundred things into your day to make it worthwhile.

When she suddenly gets the urge to play with her toys or go running around the house randomly in the middle of the night (fellow cat owners, you know what I am talking about her), I’m reminded of the importance of movement, and how we need to have fun.

And those times when I find her getting into spots she has no business being able to fit in, or obsessively investigating a spot we just cleaned up, rearranged, etc. we’re reminded of how important it is to be curious, to explore, and seek adventure.

There are so many other things we can learn from pets. What is your pet teaching you? If you take the time to observe them, you never know what might come to mind.

#petservice #pets #dogs #brooktyn #nyc #dogwalking

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