In my circle, pretty much everyone knows this. Cats, dogs, anything you can interact with and create a bond with, are never just anything.
You can tell the quality of a person by how much they love their pets. Are their pets overweight? Are their coats dull? Are they bouncing around happy to see people? Do they hide from company? Were they allowed to develop their own unique personalities? Each of these is a clue to the type of person you are dealing with.
The closer they are to their pet, the more likely they will be someone you can trust. Not always, but I have found it to be true from my own personal experience.
Think about it: you have to go away for two weeks. You ask a friend or an employee if they wouldn’t mind watching your place. They say sure. You go over to drop off the keys and you see their cat. Which option would make you feel more comfortable?
a) the cat’s fur is shiny and he’s purring and entwining himself between your legs. Nearly causing you to fall, because he is still a cat.
b) the cat is hissing, filthy and frothing at the mouth.
Which one of these people do you want to give your keys to?
My point is, if you are someone that thinks it’s “just a pet” – think again. Pets are clues to the inner-workings of humanity. They are also amazing, and everyone should have one at least once in their life.
There is a true bond that can be created between an owner and their animal. It’s a place of trust that you cannot achieve with another human. It takes courage and understanding to take on something that you know you will adore and eventually lose forever.
There are also those that have pets for all of the wrong reasons, and it will always show in the pet. A benefit we get at the pets expense. They are a blessing to those with good hearts.
It’s never just a pet.