To the lot of you that have pets roaming your household, you are animal lovers. I am no different than other animal lover people, however, when you have a 14 year old child who thinks we should own every animal on the planet, it can get a little pricey in a bad economy. What those children don’t understand, when those pets we love so much get sick it can cost as much as a human that gets sick who doesn’t have medical insurance. There are States that have pet insurance, but sometimes it cost more than Human Insurance. If you can’t afford Human Insurance, then you definitely can’t afford Pet Insurance.
I’m not blaming this all on my daughter, I am just as guilty as she is, allowing myself to bring in rescue animals. Every single animal I now have has been rescued, except for one 17 year old cat that my veterinarian gave me as a wedding gift. How can you say no to a wedding gift gracefully, even though I tried with 3 other cats I already had? That doesn’t mention the 3 parakeets that other people caught and didn’t know what to do with, but singled me out, when they didn’t know anything about birds. I didn’t see bird specialist written on me anywhere, but I learned fast about birds.
What I have left is 2 tiger cat sisters that my kids and a neighbor child, that broke into an abandon house and rescued, without asking an adult prior to their burglary. (NO charges were pressed) I hate when they don’t consult a parent and just do what they want. However, the kittens they brought home are good kitties, though, each of them looks like one of my children and they bonded with the one they look like.
Through all of this, my daughter has brought home, hamsters, rats, and a guinea pig. I will leave the 20 gallon fish tank out of this, that is now empty, that she left me to take care of for 4 years. It’s up for sale at the moment.
As the story goes I ended up rescuing a 4 month old Ridgeback dog, which the owner insisted I take her Pit Bull Puppy as well. Not knowing the background of the Pit Bull and having young children I just had to refuse. I had a next door neighbor’s Pit Bull attack another neighbors German Shepherd in my front yard. The Pit Bull tried to jump my fence as puppy when my very young children were in the backyard playing.
However, my new Ridgeback, that I was told by a Vet, was a German Shepherd mix, which wasn’t anything other than a full blooded Ridgeback after a thorough investigation with an expert. She’s an awesome dog. She has had her moments potty training as a puppy (I have tile floors, which didn’t bother me at all, but I put in a doggy door that took her less than day to use) with her wanting dominance over her family. That doesn’t even mention her health problems she has had. I think it’s those health problems from a pure bred dog that gets to me the most.
Right after her first birthday the protective Ridgeback, of her children, was barking at someone walking down the alley. That person in the alley threw a piece of wood, that had a nail in it, into my backyard. Unfortunately my dog stepped on that nail cutting her foot while she trying to protect her property and “her family” which caused her to get tetanus. She lost the muscles in her head, but was put on meds and recovered. Everything was fine, until my cousin, who worked for the Humane Society called to tell me they were putting 2 six week old puppies down because they were over crowded and had no place for them. I was irate over it. I wanted to take both of them, but the Humane Society wouldn’t let me, so I had a verbal out loud tantrum, which prompted a man, who is now my friend, to take the other puppy. They were both males and had been neglected, fed with scrapes of food from the table and had other health issues I had to pay for meds to fix on the one I took.
The people who originally owned them turned them lose on a busy street at six weeks old. A woman almost hit both of them in her car. She stopped her car and ended up taking them to the Humane Society, that was already over-crowded. Those puppies are now 2 years old and healthy and happy with their owners. They have become family members.
The point of this post is to make others aware of the fact that taking on any animal can and will cost you money that you don’t have, those animals become your children, while you have them. They need love and give love, they need affection and give affection, they also need to be financially supported, just like Human Children, because they are also your children.
If you have to leave your home because of weather, don’t leave your animals behind. You are their best friend and only family.
I’ve been through trials with everyone of my animals. I am thankful that my teenagers take on the responsibility of covering for me when I’m not home.
If you love your animals as you would your own children, then you need to beware of underground rodents that dig up your property. Those rodents carry bacteria and other diseases, that should your pet try to kill or kill can do more harm to them than you can imagine.
My 4 year old Ridgeback, protector of her family, could no longer stand the gofers digging in her backyard so she dug the gofer out of the ground and killed it, then left it in my daughters room as a gift. My bubble-headed daughter didn’t get it. Unfortunately my Ridgeback got a bacteria and has been on 5 medicines for the last 3 months. It’s just as hard to see your pet suffer as you would your own child, if you really love your animals.
It’s also hard to make your other animals understand, especially another canine who thinks of the older one as a parent.
My Ridgeback is better, but not fully recovered, as of yet.
If you love your animals as much as you love your own kids please watch them and protect them as if they are your children. They are actually smarter than your kids. Humans need to pay more attention to with what is going on around them, their children, and their animals.
If you don’t love your animals as you would your own kids then you don’t need to have animals.