The Big Picture: Everyday Life Lessons Your Pet Teaches You
If we were to take cues from the animals we know and love dearly, would we all start to act a little wild? Or would we simply be kinder and more compassionate?
It’s possible that the answer is a little of both, but instead of talking about funny (or questionable) feline and canine behaviors we experience, let’s consider the countless ways pets influence our lives and make them more meaningful.
Whether you realize it or not, your pet teaches you life lessons that can be applied to your own journey, and The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are keyed into this powerful and magical relationship.
The famous veterinarian and writer James Herriot wrote many books full of quotable phrases, including one of our favorites: “If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”
Without a doubt, the pets we share our lives with have seemingly endless sources of love, loyalty, and gratitude. In turn, we can apply those valuable traits toward ourselves, close friends, relatives, and the world at large. If your pet teaches you nothing but these three things, you’re already better off for it.
To look at other lessons your pet teaches you about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness (or at least acceptance), consider Eckhart Tolle’s idea in his book Guardians or Being: “While a dog loves to chew bones, the human mind loves problems…Every animal has important lessons to teach us if we would only stop, look and listen.”
Observe your pet. Chances are, they’re wrapped up neatly in the power of the moment. We humans aren’t always great at taking stock of the moments that pass us by. Instead we’re captivated by the past or worried about the future. When you pause to consider all that your pet teaches you, you’ll be more likely to stay present in the moment alongside your four-legged best friend.
Things Your Pet Teaches You
While you’re “in the moment,” you might realize there’s no better time to play and enjoy life than right this instant. Of the many things your pet enjoys, playing with you is at the top of their list. When you stop your busy life, shut off the screens, and throw a ball or catnip toy around, you’re learning one of the most important lessons your pet can teach you.
Love and Trust
Your pet greets you when you come home, cuddles with you on chilly nights, and comforts you when you’re feeling down. Applying these traits in our own lives is fulfilling. Living without self-judgment or fear, remaining close with your own personal “pack” or tribe, and maintaining sensitivity when others are experiencing pain or loss are amazing attributes in life. Your pet is a mighty mentor in this area.
Our lives are enriched by the animals in our care. Not only does it feel good to guard someone else’s health, wellbeing, and happiness, but when we realize the relationship is 100% mutually beneficial, the bond only deepens.
Please let us know other ways your pet teaches you important life lessons. The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are always here for you, and we look forward to seeing you and your pet/teacher soon!
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News & Events
We Are a Toys for Tots Drop Off Location!
Now through December 15th we are collecting for Toys for Tots! Please feel free to bring in new, unwrapped toys (no stuffed animals or toy weapons, please.)
In addition, we are also collecting new/gently used pet toys that will go to our rescue partners and animals in need.
Collection bins are located in our lobby and can be dropped off during regular business hours. Thank you!
Holiday Hours & Closings!
Holiday Party & Adoption Event!
Join us for our annual Holiday Party & Adoption Event on Sunday, December 10th from 11AM - 2PM! Bring your pet along for $5 photos with Santa! There will be animals available for adoption from local rescues, raffles and more! All proceeds benefit our rescue partners.