By Jackie Kellum
This past December The Pope declared that animals do go to heaven. Those of us who have had animals in our lives already knew this. Our pets bring us joy, loyalty, compassion, unconditional love and teach us lessons in how to live a fuller life. However, at times they do not give us a perfect life lesson when they chew thru our computer Internet wire or literally kill our [computer] mouse. But they cannot always be a purrfect role model.
Our cats and dogs can also teach us about humanity. If they are a rescue animal, they have seen both the worst and the best of humanity. Despite the negatives, they seem to forget and forgive [most times] those who have done them harm. Our pets celebrate life to the max, by living in the moment and treasuring every small event in their life. We live life so fast that we often forget to get excited and celebrate the good times because we’re already on to the next thing. Often we do not pause to look around at the surrounding beauty, take a risk, break out of our routine and discover or do something out for the ordinary, or appreciate true friends. Life at times is short, enjoy the moment you are in.
Cat and dogs know who they are. They do not try to make themselves into some one else’s version of perfection, instead they relish their own distinctive characteristics or life. Enjoy being you.
Have you ever noticed a cat or a dog at times approaches some individuals with caution? They have developed an instinct about their own safety. Animals don’t care about words. They recognize what’s really going on beneath the surface. Many of us have lost touch with this all-important instinctual part of our natures. By paying attention to nonverbal cues such as body language and energy, we can learn more about our friends, some good, some not so much, and ourselves. Trust your instincts.
Our animals communicate directly. If they want a treat they go straight for that ‘statement’ without an around-about conversation. They do not have private agendas or gossip about their fellow pet housemates or others. They make judgments based on their own experiences. Humans at times rely on other people’s opinions which might be slanted or biased for their own self-serving purposes about things and others. As humans we can learn from animals. Be courteous, respectful, honest and direct in communications.
When we are sad, feeling alone or troubled, not having a ‘good day,’ our pets seem to know this. They do not have the ability to use words to comfort and console us at these times. They use what comes instinctively to them. They give you a lick, touch you with a paw, listen to you, or just sit next to you. Their mere presence is comfort. When we have a friend who is having a hard time and words of comfort are difficult to find, follow your pet’s caring lesson – just be there.
Support our two lakeside spay-neuter organizations: Operacion Amor and Operacion Compacion. By assisting them it helps reduce further pregnancies of unwanted puppies and kittens. It will also indirectly benefit our local shelters who have been at capacity for several months now with many abandoned, abused and unwanted animals. Anita’s Animals is a cat and dog rescue sanctuary in San Juan Cosala. It is open 10A – 2PM and 4P – 6PM Friday through Tuesday. Donations of pet food is greatly appreciated, as well as money donations to help cover the cost of daily care, vaccinations and spaying-neutering. Anita’s website: www.anitasanimals.com has PayPal available for donations as well. Enjoy the moment and life’s little pleasures!
For more information about Lake Chapala visit: www.chapala.com