I am human and I love dogs. I have been this way my whole life, but right now, I am not in a situation that allows me to have pets. That is probably good for now, considering I may not have the energy to properly care for a pup. That doesn’t staunch my desire at all, though.
I think that there is a part of me that wants to take care of someone else. I want to be the caregiver instead of the cared for. I suppose I would love to see myself in the stronger roles in life. Still, this isn’t the right time, so my dream will remain a dream.
So many people I know with chronic illness or pain have a fuzzy companion and I think part of it is also just having a companion that never tires of your voice and loves snuggles. Humans are wonderful, but sometimes my neediness is too much for them. I suppose a dog would enjoy me talking to them since they would have my full attention.
Forging relationships and trust with animals has always been easy for me and I just miss having that comfort. As a child life was unpredictable and often frightening, but there was something about the dog that was reassuring. He offered and reciprocated love and compassion. A love untainted by annoyance or anger. Dogs are such precious gifts. Cats are too, but I need more attention and affection than a cat is often willing to give.
Either way, I have to wait until I get situated in my own place again. Then I can go down to the pound and rescue a doggie!
I am no doctor, nor am I a scientist, but I can tell you that your support system can also include the animals that help bring you peace and calm. People are a wonderful blessing and a valuable resource when it comes to major life changes, but they are human and no person can take on everything. Having a pet that helps to cheer you up or make you feel loved and safe helps bring balance to many lives and I think in the future I will benefit from this. For now though, I am going to dream of the lil guy who will someday get 30% of my snuggles and love!