You love your pets too much but does your pet love you back? Recently a life event made me think about whether we are giving love to our pets or getting love from them. Do they need our love or do we need their love?
A new addition to the Pets family
A family in our circle that has a lot of animals – dogs, ducks, pigeons…decided to add 1 more member to the pets family. Since the new member was a tiny newborn puppy, they requested another family with teenage kids to keep the puppy for 2-3 months. The purpose was that he may gain some size & may not require extra care to protect him from other full-size animals.
That other family was not having any experience with pets at home earlier, but they started caring for him like a baby. As it happens, within 2-3 days every member of the family got too involved with him.
All the time everybody was petting, playing with him & soon he became the center of attraction for everyone. They made special sleeping arrangements for the puppy, as it was the winter season. However most of the time, he was in kids’ laps.
During the night, kids were on vigil & remained near him, even arranging a bed nearby. Regarding such proximity, while sleeping they told that if nobody is there at night near him, he starts weeping!
Apart from a regular diet, they started purchasing dog food. They prepared and served it the way mentioned on the packet. Means, caring for him in every possible way & he also seemed to enjoy their company a lot.
Shifting of the puppy
2-3 months passed & he became a little 10 kg. dog and they shifted him to the real owner’s house. By this time, kids & other family members became much attached to him. They decided to visit him often so that he may not feel alone or sad. They also gave them new packets of his favorite dog food.
As the Little dog reached the real owners (the family with lot of animals), he became very happy. He strangely started barking & pushing other big dogs. In no time he was playing with them as they (big dogs) also perhaps accepted him as a kid & tolerated all his nuisance. Teenagers who went to drop off the puppy were also happy as the other animals accepted the puppy.
The Real Drama
Next day, when they visited him, he met them just for a few minutes. Then he got busy with his routine chores like – keeping all the pigeons on the roof (he didn’t allow them to sit on the floor anymore) & playing / friendly fighting with other dogs.
Do Pets love us?
This situation surprised & in fact shocked the kids, as he paid no heed to them. And yes, the dog group (including him) found those special dog food packets kept somewhere at night & eaten RAW, without any boiled water & all that…Now came this question – Were they giving love or taking love from the pet?
Do pets love their owners?
Have you ever thought about it when you see pet lovers sharing their pets’ pic in different poses on social media? They care for their pets & enjoy their company, they wait for the evening to reach home & meet their pets. You also must have seen people demanding others’ pet pics on social media to cheer up their mood! But what does the pet think about its owners? Does your pet love you just because they have no other option?
What the pet itself wants, your company or their breed’s company, or both? I would like to add that I also had a very lovely bonding with my pet dog & it remained the same till he left the body. From my experience, I can say that pets do understand our love. Further, they also know how much whom can be trusted for their different problems. However, they may enjoy other friendly animals or their breeds’ company equally.
Do dogs understand love? What happened later?
I know, some pet lovers must be curious about what happened later. Well, now within a few months, he has developed into an almost fully grown dog. Since both families are in touch with each other, the caretaker family regularly meets the dog and now the dog also gives them special attention on their visits.
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The possible reason for his earlier behavior may be that the real owner’s house is a big one with a lot of grass, open space, and other animals. While the caretaker’s house, where he lived as a tiny puppy, was a comparatively small one with no grass and open space.
Featured image credit: Zigmars Berzins from Pixabay
2 thoughts on “Giving love or getting love from your pets?”
That’s an interesting one..I don’t quite know- I think two animals is the perfect amount, so even when you leave them for work, or even for playtimes, they have each other.
I’ve always felt a special bond with my two dachshunds; like we were really made for our souls to be together. Whenever i’m gone too long, they’ll evidently miss me; if I sleep at someone’s house, they’ll go check or hover in my room searching for me, or they’ll prefer to snuggle my blanket instead of on my mother, and other things like that.
That’s great, this way they can get the best of both worlds.