Animals are so smart
What my pets have taught me has made a huge impact on my life. But I didn’t realize for quite some time, just how much these intelligent beings contributed to my life. How much do you REALLY know about your pets?
You have a pet, but do you know them?
I’ve had pets in my life since birth. And I’ve been an animal lover just as long. I could tell you their names, colors, breeds and when they were in my life, roughly. But for the longest time, I didn’t notice how they acted or if they had thoughts or feelings. I suppose that we pretty normal for the time, decades ago.
Things are different now. I’m not sure when, exactly, I started noticing, but I did. At first, it was seeing that my dog was scared of thunder or that my cat didn’t want to be picked up. I didn’t think any deeper than that.
After a while, I started wondering why they behaved the way they did. I wondered if I had anything to do with causing the behavior and if there was anything that could be done to “fix” it. Have you ever been there with your pets?
Now, I’ve come to the conclusion that 1) I have an influence on my pets and that 2) they have an influence on me. The more I connect with them, the stronger that influence is.
What my pets have taught me
My pets have taught me to look deeper than the surface. Instead of seeing color, size, or other features, I have learned the value of observing and connecting. If they are scared, bored, happy, whatever, it’s written all over them. All I have to do is watch and I’ll see it. Other areas in life are that way too.
Not all communication is with words. When I am with a dog, cat, or horse, I am much more likely to talk to them. And I have noticed that they will often seem to be paying attention, as well as responding, to what I’m saying. If my animals are happy, hurting, wanting attention, etc., they’ll show me with their actions. Have you ever noticed your pet staring at you intently and realized they needed something?
My way of thinking and approaching things is not the only way, or sometimes even the best way. Have you ever had an agenda for what you were going to do with your pet or what you were going to teach them? I surely have. But they don’t work that way. Each one has a slightly different way of thinking. One thing I’ve noticed is that animals rarely consider time as one of the important factors in solving a problem or performing a task. This more relaxed view of the world works better for me too, if I let it.
Pets nap when they want/need to. And if there is a sun puddle, they’re likely to nap IN it. I could really benefit from that one sometimes. I’ll have to work on it.
These are a few of the things my pets have taught me. For other things, read What my horse has taught me. What have yours taught you? Tell me in the comments below.