Sunday, October 26, 2008

Why I love animals

Often in the course of conversation I am questioned to why I have so many pets. JANE, HOW COULD YOU POSSIBLY HAVE SO MANY HAIRY, DISGUSTING ANIMALS IN YOUR HOME? My could you not?

I have walked the walk of an animal lover since I was very small. I would bring a lost dog home only to be told by my parents to take it back where I found it. Animals and I have always had a connection and I find that they are the purest form of unconditional love in this often loveless world. I have looked into the eyes of countless homeless and abused animals and have seen such need for a simple kind touch or kind word. Pretty simple by anyone's standards and so easy to fill this need. This is why my question to you would then could you turn away from those needy faces and worry more about some dog hair or dirt on the floor?

My need to help these helpless creatures of God is about love...simple, unconditional, unselfish love. Yes, my house is probably dirtier than yours; yes, I have more hair blowing across my floor; but I wouldn't trade any of this for a perfect house. Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder. Nothing more beautiful than one of my cats sleeping in the sun on my table or the excitement I see on my dogs' faces when I return from a quick trip to the store. Few humans have ever shown that excitement whenever I walked into a room.

Contrary to popular belief, I do love humans too. But it's not a contest...I can love humans and animals equally. I thank God every day for that wonderful gift. Amen.

1 comment:

Lilla said...

Amen, Janie! What an appropriate first entry for you to post, and so YOU. Now, see how easy that was? What took you so long?