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Question of the Week: Do you have a pet?

What kind of a pet or pets do you have? Or what type of a pet would you like to have? I think this is an important question, because so many animals need homes, and so many homes need pets. Pet parenting is a huge responsibility. But they pay you back by the company, comfort, and love they provide. 

Do you have a pet
Cleo the cat

My family and I have a spoiled rotten medium haired domestic cat named Cleo. She brings us hours of pleasure. Our older son jokingly tells our younger son that she has more toys than they ever had and that we have more pictures of her than of them when they were small. The toy part isn't true, but the picture part probably is getting close to being true. 

As much as I think a home needs a pet, the responsibility part needs to be taken seriously. They need to have their annual vet visits as well as any necessary vet care (cuts, stings, changes in appetite or mood, etc.) as needed. They need to eat properly. They need affection too - whether that's grooming, bathing, petting, cuddling, brushing, walking, fetching, etc.

More importantly, an elderly person may need a pet as much as anyone, but match the pet to the age of the person and the care they are able to provide. Domestic animals such as cats and dogs, possibly some birds can live 15 plus years, where the person may not actually live that long. Perhaps a short-life bird breed or a hamster would be more appropriate - as long as the person or a willing helper is able to take proper care of the pet.

If you have a pet, give it a nuzzle right now. 

Blessings,

Patricia

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