“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France
For all of the animal lovers out there (whether it is a dog, cat, ferret, goat or llama), have you ever wondered why you love your pet so much? They can’t speak in words, they don’t help with chores around the house, and they certainly don’t add to the bottom line.
Unless your “bottom line” is based on love, not numbers set off with $illy $ymbol$.
The answer to why I love my dogs and cat so much is very simple. But it’s simplicity also reveals a truth about all of us that defines our world. When we know this truth, it really does set us free.
When you fall in love with an animal, you will see to its care with a happy heart. You will overlook the messes or the hassle of the litter box and see only love in their eyes. How can a heart so small be filled with so much love?
Let me share a poem that I wrote several years ago on this very topic. After reading it, please hug your pet and kiss it for me!
By Kathryn Eriksen
Patiently waiting to be with me.
Hours spent chasing rabbits in the mind.
A switch flips on
And pure love pours out.
My day falls away
As my arms fill with furry joy.
Laughter spills over
As my face is blanketed with
a cascading love letter.
Patiently listening while I review my day.
And frustration grow dim and fade away
As I gaze into his face of
Constant and infinite.
Who knew that God would choose
This heart, small enough to fit into my hand,
But big enough that it fills
My world with His love?