“Animals are reliable; many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful, and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.”
-Alfred A. Montapert
Pets. You got ‘em? Had ‘em when you were little? Wish you had ‘em? Wish you didn’t? Glad you do?
We have a cat named India. She came to us on our son Phoenix’s fifth birthday. Synchronistically, she is 5 too.
I grew up with four cats and a big dog, all of which were strays my sister brought home. Our mom took care of ‘em. Oh, we said we would, my three siblings and I, but Mom did all the work. She’d occasionally threaten to take Chief, our big dog, to the “glue factory” when we weren’t helping. To this day I don’t know what that meant, or if there’s even such a thing as a glue factory, but it would scare me enough so as to motivate me to take better care of our dog.
So when I wanted to adopt India, I understood what my husband was talking about as he reminded me how much work a pet is, how it all falls on the parents and how our plates are already full with five kids, ages 2 to 14. My mind understood. My logic agreed. My heart spoke louder.
I made that adoption happen with a lot of help from the Universe, which synchronized events and circumstances so that my husband couldn’t say no, and in fact he agreed it was the right thing to do.
Now, only a short time later, it’s as though India has always been with us. She’s a part of our family and our children adore her. So do we. She’s a “dog cat” (waits for us by the door, comes when called, follows us everywhere, super affectionate, super playful, etc), which my husband loves. She’s a gift.
Do my husband and I feed her and clean the kitty litter? You bet.
Do we care? No.
Some things, like love, can’t be measured and aren’t logical.
Have the best day ever!
Taylor Wells, M.A., M.Ed., RYT, owns Prana Power Yoga, Inc., super-mom.com and Prana Super-mom Consulting. She is also a Boston Herald columnist and blogger, United Nations Yoga Peace Ambassador, activist, and happy Super-mom of 5 kids.