What with Covid-19, Asian flu, the hurricane season, property taxes coming due and a critical election ganging up on us all at once, tempers are flaring up much too quickly these days, and understandably so. It’s so easy to let life’s little annoyances blow up to the size of an erupting volcano without giving it much thought. Even as calm, cool and collected as I usually am, I’ve been just as guilty of this as anyone. With that said, my son is now ROTFL.
I’ve noticed myself being short and very short with other people, and at times even with my beloved furry companions. Dogs have always been considered man’s best friend, but that also goes for our kitty friends. The other day I had occasion to stop and contemplate what good friends my cats are to me. I discovered that my Jada likes the taste of the nutritional shakes I buy as snacks when she knocked mine over on the end table next to my bed and proceeded to lap up her “boo-boo” with great enthusiasm. I threatened to kill her in at least twenty places but did the same thing I used to do with my kids when they were small, and just walked away to cool off.
If you stop to think about it, our pets are the truest, most loyal, loving and compassionate friends we will ever have. They don’t care if you drink out of the orange juice bottle or leave your dirty underwear on the bathroom floor. They will not complain about your breath after that garlic bagel. They won’t turn their backs and walk away to avoid being the victim of the nasty mood you’re in after that late-night binge on beer, Vienna sausages and pork rinds, not to mention how bad you SMELL!.
So, dear hearts, the next time Fido accidentally leaves an acci-poo on the carpet, chews on your slippers, or you walk in on Miss Kitty playing shred-a-roll with the toilet paper, think about this: There isn’t a human being on the face of this planet who would tolerate your short-comings and put up with your eccentricities like your pets do. So, let’s all just try to be a little more tolerant and patient. And when you find yourself toying with the urge to kick some furry butt, just remember the times when your furry loved-one laid his/her head in your lap or gave your ankles a head butt, with that “I understand” look in their eyes. So, listen up all you chowder heads out there with hair-trigger tempers. Get hold of yourself and think BE NICE . . . THEY’VE EARNED IT AND THEY DESERVE IT!