Animal Companions in our Lives - Pet Article 8

Articles about Animals and Pets – Animal Companions in Our Lives

It has been my experience that animals can offer us some of the most rewarding relationships and experiences of our lives. Much like our human relationships, choosing the right animal is just as important and life altering as choosing our friends. How do we know which one is the right one for us or our family? So many animals end up in situations that are harmful or detrimental to themselves or their human companions that it is essential to know what you are getting yourself and them into. It can be a challenging decision. Here are some tips to help guide you in the process.

One of the first things to consider is to realize the responsibility you will be assuming bringing another being into your life; after all you will be caring for it for its entire lifetime.

Perhaps you could ask yourself these questions to determine if you are ready and willing to make such a commitment.

Several years ago I brought home a baby bunny that I had rescued from a petting farm. She was suffering from an eye infection and her chances for survival weren't very good. For days I bathed her eyes and nursed her back to health and when the day came to bring her home I was ecstatic. We gave her a big cage, good food, toys to play with, free run of the kitchen and doted on her every day. She was our baby after all!

When my partner and I ended our relationship, I assumed Bunny would live with me in my new apartment. I had rescued her. I had saved her. I was the one who could “talk” with her. I asked her who she wanted to be with and I was stunned when she said she preferred to be with my ex and that she loved living in the house with him. I knew then that her bond with him was deeper than it had been with me. My heart ached as I now had to let both of them go. I understood though that she needed to be with him just as much as he needed to be with her.

Bunny taught me a valuable lesson, to always ask your animal what it needs and to allow it to be who it needs to be. Animals have thoughts and feelings just as we do and it is vital to respect their needs, wants and concerns.

Choosing an animal companion can be fun, exciting and rewarding. They can make us laugh, protect us emotionally and physically, and help us to understand ourselves a little better. Animals truly are creatures of comfort, joy and love, so choose wisely!

Written by Stephanie: Articles on Animal Communication