Most of us have pets, so you are certainly familiar with what is a pet and what their purpose is. During my life, I had four pets. Yes, four pets, and I am still young. Here is my experience with them and what I learned during the process.
When I was about 7, I had a hamster. This was my first pet and I absolutely loved him. His name was Grigio (which means grey in Italian) and he taught me a lot about pets. He was filled with energy and always down for playing or having a stroll through the house (don’t worry, I supervised him).
He taught me to understand the fact that pets need attention and affection, because every time I would not play with him, he would be restless in his cage and eat through his plastic house from the interior of it. Grigio also taught me that pets smell. I know this is obvious, but they really do smell bad.
The last thing he taught me was the art of letting go. He lived two years and once he was gone, I was devastated. I loved him, and now I am crying again, but I loved him with all of my heart, and it was very hard for me to let him go.
My first dog
My first dog was a Cocker Spaniel and he brought me a lot of happiness in the year that I had him. I had always wanted a dog and I was very content to have finally gotten one.His name was Azorel and I had him for only a year, because he was robbed when me and my family were away from home.
He taught me to have patience, because he was very hard to deal with. When we would go for a walk, he wouldn’t move from our front door, he would be scared of everything outside our garden (eg. cars, trees, pillars, sometimes even rocks). It took me a while to make him accommodate with his surroundings and with our daily walks.
Unfortunately, he was stolen from us and I had to let him go too. It was hard, but I got past it.
After the incident with my dog, several years went through until I got some fish. I had fish for 4 years and let me tell you, it was hard.
I had to feed them every other day, I had to change their water once a week (which took me about 30-40 minutes), I had to give them vitamins and so on and so forth. During the first year, everything went well, but then the fish started dying and the aquarium began to smell. This smell persisted until all my fish died and we replaced them. This happened twice, and the second time we decided to get rid of the aquarium once all the fish died.
My second dog
My second and actual dog is a beautiful Golden Retriever named Lucky. He is the one that makes my day better and the one that relieves me of any stress.
From him I learned to be patient and loving, since, when I trained him, he would get distracted very easily. I understood the fact that dogs respond better to a loving and warm voice, rather than a brutal and strict one.
I also learned how to live in the moment and not get lost in the future or the past. This happened when I tried to capture every moment with Lucky through photos and videos and realised that I wasn’t living in the present, but rather preparing for the future (since I was taking photos to look at when I got home or to show to my friends).
After I realised this, I stopped photographing him and it made my life so much better. Now I don’t have to worry about not capturing the right moment. I can finally have some real fun with my dog and this made our bond so much stronger.
Lucky is the best dog I could ask for and is the one that changed me into the better, more loving and positive person that I am now.
Pets are so important in our lives, and I have to admit that I wouldn’t be the person I am now without them.