Of course, we also talked about animals, extensively. What’s not to love about animals? One lady said goodbye to her beloved dog recently. She only realised when her furry friend was gone how much it really meant to her. If you live alone with a dog, they really are your best buddy. They’re in on everything and it’s easy to chat away to them.
I went for a walk with my sister and my dog recently and she asked me if I always talk to him that much when it’s just us out for a walk. I was too embarrassed to say that I talk to him even more than that at times. It’s so easy to chat away to a dog. While they can’t talk back, they do know when you’re upset and they’ll try their best to comfort you. They’re fantastic companions. I’ve never had to say goodbye to a dog, and I can’t imagine how painful it will be when the time comes.
One of our regulars said that she can’t have her own dog as she wouldn’t be home enough to look after one. This is a common problem for a lot of dog lovers. She had a fantastic solution, though: volunteering her time to take two guide dogs out once a week for a bit of free time. I’d never heard of this before but it sounds marvelous. It’s a chance for these hard-working dogs to get a break from their duties and just be dogs. One of them got to go to the beach for the first time recently and had an amazing time. What a glorious adventure that would be for a hard-working pooch.
Another lady had an even better way of getting to spend time with other people’s pets, and see the world at the same time. If you sign up for Pet Sitters International, you could look after a dog, or a cat, anywhere in the world. You pay for your flights and enter into a contract with the pet owners, but you get to stay in their home for free and look after their pet. What a fabulous way to see the world. If you have a pet of your own, there is also the option to swap places with your international friends so your animal gets the same care. Win, win.
Horses were also mentioned briefly at the end of the meeting, as well as our opinions on bald cats. One attendee reminded us that all animals have different characters, which may be a small part of why we love them so much.