There is something extremely uplifting and inspirational about the way in which people connect with their pets, and it is an aspect of life worth focusing on and celebrating every once in a while. There are so many bad things happening in the word today, and sometimes it can feel like us humans have lost our compassion for one another and other animals that we share this earth with. Thankfully however, you only have to look at the way that millions of people love and care for their companion animals to see that there is love and compassion in abundance!
Why Stop at Household Pets?
Anyone that has a household pet understands just how intelligent, interesting, beautiful, and fun animals are, and we would do anything to help out our pets if they were in danger or needed medical attention. Purchasing pet insurance, paying for vets bills, buying the best food available, and getting our lovable companions toys and treats is seen as part and parcel of owning an animal, and because we love them so much, we will do what we have to care for them in the correct way whatever the financial cost. Many of us help out abandoned dogs and cats by donating money to charities and shelters, and by giving these animals a chance of a better life with a new home.
So why does this positive and compassionate outlook towards our pets have to stop at our beloved dog, cat, gerbil, mouse, guinea pig, rabbit, ferret, or horse? Why can’t we extend this great feeling towards other animals that we would not usually consider to be a pet? Why is one animal loved and cared for and another considered to be different in some way? What a about a pig, or a donkey, or a cow, or a goat, or a chicken, or a lamb, or even a lama? Why don’t we care as much about these animals as the ones we take into our homes and shower with love?
The truth is that some people do extend their circle of compassion beyond the limits of ordinary pets, and these people are making a positive move to help all kinds of animals that require just as much love and attention as dogs and cats. The logic is that if you are an animal lover, why not love and care for all animals in need, not just the ones that we traditionally see as our companions and friends. Pigs, goats, cows, donkeys, chickens and turkeys are just as intelligent and loving as dogs and cats, and they are also in need of our help. There are some fantastic places in the world, such as Farm Sanctuary and Edgar’s Mission, where people are helping out all kinds of animals which have been abused, abandoned and mistreated. They have the philosophy that all animals are equally important, so why not try and help them all?
Share the Love
If you consider yourself to be an animal lover, why not share the love with all animals of this world? Did you know that pigs are as intelligent as dogs, and they can actually learn to sit, follow, and roll over in just the same way as dogs can. They also learn their names and come when they care called. Sheep are clever enough to remember the individual faces of every other sheep in their flock, and will remember these individual flock members even after two years of being separated. All of the animals on this earth deserve to be treated with the same love and affection as our beloved pets, and if we can share the love beyond the boundaries of our homes, the world will be a much more beautiful place.
The connections we share with the animals in our lives can be a wonderful thing for everyone, giving joy and pleasure to us and them. From the smallest guinea pig to the largest elephant, we should show compassion and love to all animals on the planet. As creatures of the earth, we should look out for each other and try to help out those in need whenever possible as this will only make the world a better place for all to live in.