Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened

Sunday, March 28, 2010
Posted in category Just Stuff

I came across this on the web this week:

Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened

If I Didn’t Have a Dog… I could walk around the yard barefoot in safety.

All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture & cars would be free of hair.

When the doorbell rings, it wouldn’t sound like a kennel.

When the doorbell rings, I could get to the door without wading through fuzzy bodies who beat me there.

I could sit on the couch and my bed the way I wanted, without taking into consideration how much space Several fur bodies would need to get comfortable.

I would have money & no guilt to go on a real vacation.

I would not be on a first-name basis with numerous veterinarians, as I put their yet unborn grandkids through college.

The most used words in my vocabulary would not be: out, sit, down, come, no, stay, & leave him/her/it ALONE.

My house would not look like a day care center, with toys everywhere.

I would not have as many leaves INSIDE my house as outside.

I would not look strangely at people who think having ONE dog/cat ties them down too much.

I’d look forward to spring and the rainy season instead of dreading ‘mud’ season.

I would not have to answer the question ‘Why do you have so many animals?’ from people who will never have the joy in their lives of knowing they are loved unconditionally by someone as close to an angel as they will ever get.

How EMPTY my life would be!!!

I would also add that I would not be tripping over doggie orthopedic beds all day long, and my ceramic tile in the kitchen wouldn’t be turned into an all-day ice rink due to water spills from the dogs’ water bowl. Life would be so simple without the dogs. I could come and go as I please, save a ton of dough, and I wouldn’t have to base my decision to buy a car on what the dogs will find comfortable. I wouldn’t have my narrow hallway and entrance to the kitchen blocked when I am in a hurry. My backyard would not be adorned with spots of dead, brown grass from doggie urine. I would not spend a small fortune replacing the rugs in my house throughout the year due to doggie claws and hairballs. And I wouldn’t have $200+ electric bills in the summer because I have to leave the air conditioning on all day for the dogs.

And I love every single bit of it all. Life without dogs is not ever in the cards. My dogs are so incredibly high maintenance (especially when they get old), but none of it is “work” for me. It’s all fun and good and right. They are worth every minute of time, every fiat penny I spend, and every moment of ceramic tile slippage.

Here’s an article from 2003 about my love for dogs.

And remember this article from a Marxist, Carol Wade, who would like to see the money you spend on your pets to be spent on others … according to their need.

As a companion piece, see this unbelievable Purina ad shot at 1,000 FPS.


And lastly, here’s one of many reasons to love an animal.


This is my chocolate lab. That little red doggie that I bought from Pier 1 drove her crazy. She saw that thing as a competitor for her space.


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7 Responses to Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened

  1. Kristin Addison says:

    March 28th, 2010 at 9:12 am

    This is a great article! It rings so true for me as well. I often find myself clinging to the edge of the bed or lying in some other uncomfortable position, but I put up with it because I wouldn’t want to disturb the dog in his peaceful sleep. :-)

  2. Doug Newman says:

    March 29th, 2010 at 1:19 am

    Great article. I will pass it on!

  3. Shannon says:

    March 29th, 2010 at 2:11 am

    I feel this way about my pets. They love me unconditionally and because of that love, I will tolerate their shedding, obnoxious, behavior because where else will I find such companionship???

  4. mee says:

    March 29th, 2010 at 2:24 am

    Try white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide to neutralize the dog urine.

  5. Irene Bain says:

    April 26th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Great to know there people like you in the world! I am not alone….. :)I very much enjoyed reading this, couldn’t help but smile and bawl at the same time. I very much love my dogs. My cats are pretty good too!

  6. Stacy Tarr says:

    April 3rd, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    My dobe-shep was 7 yrs. old and my beagle was 5 yrs. old when I met my boyfriend. Both were rescues and since I don’t have kids, they are my children (daughters). Lucy, the beagle, sleeps next to me on the pillow and Clea, my dobe-shep, has always been very comfortable on her side of the bed. The first night my boyfriend stayed the night with me, we of course had the room to ourselves. But when it came time to go to sleep, the dogs took theirs usual position as they have every night since pups, and he “refused to share the bed with my dogs”…….So I explained that I’ve had my dogs for years and had HIM for less than one. He was given an option, and he choose wisely. Yes, he was allowed to join my “family” because of it. :)

  7. Ric says:

    February 6th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    This article is so true, I didn’t have a dog but I did have a bird and he meant everything to me. I would put up with seed mess, squawking at 5am, biting and damage to wallpaper from his pecking, however every single second of effort was worth it, he was there when I needed someone to listen and not talk, he was there when I needed someone to not judge me and most important of all he prevented me from ever feeling lonely.

    ‘Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened’

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