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What We can Learn from our Ageing Pets?

Posted on: August 28, 2008

Pets come in our lives like a season of spring. Spreading joy and happiness all around they make the best companions. John is a big pet lover. From birds to fishes, or dogs to kittens, John have them all. To him nothing is more pleasurable than watching his angelical pets loitering here and there in joy.

John believes that everything has a purpose, so does the moments we spend with out pets. Their whole life is a lesson, its just that we need to learn.

We all are supposed to grow old! I know how difficult it is difficult to imagine when we first adopt our lively and rambunctious puppy or kitten that he or she will one day grow old. Our animal companions live far shorter than we do, and the time we spend with them seems to fly by. One day, they are full of vim and vigor, fun and mischief, joie de vivre and exuberance – within a relatively brief period of time, they grow into adolescence, then evolve into perhaps a mellower and sedate adulthood, and eventually become mature and ultimately old.

As they become old, they may experience physical as well as mental and emotional limitations and weakening. They may experience many of the illnesses, disabilities, infirmities and diseases that we may confront. So many of our beloved pets endure the pain of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart conditions, etc. as well as receiving medical treatments and medications that are comparable to those used to help ease or cure these conditions and improve the quality of our lives.

There are many lessons we can learn from our furry, finned and feathered friends, as they grow old. We can see them experience the effects of the passage of time that are so similar to those we experience as humans. We come to realize that these signs of aging both mirror and mimic our own. If we are wise, we can derive great rewards by caring for our aging pets – for example, we can learn from their stoicism, endurance and their ability to “Keep On Keeping On.” We can learn to “live in the moment”, as they do, with joy and spontaneity and not to dwell on the past or to fear the future.

By respecting and caring for our aging animal companions, we can learn to age gracefully and with dignity. From them, we can learn respect for and increased appreciation of our elders. We can emulate their steadfastness and patience. We can also view the opportunity to care for our beloved aging pets as a means for us to grow in compassion, wisdom and insight about the purposefulness and significance of all living beings.

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