This Friday my wife and I put our Royal Standard Poodle, Rocky, down. We purchased him from a breeder in Montana and had him shipped to Phoenix, Arizona nearly twelve years ago. Rocky was a great pet. He was gentle, kind, loving and incredibly intelligent. The word pet, according to Dictionary.com, means any domesticated or tamed animal that is kept as a companion and cared for affectionately. Rocky was more than a companion; he was my best friend.
I had a couple of people say, “He was just a dog.” What makes pets so difficult to lose is that they love unconditionally. Man is not able to love unconditionally as we are supposedly gifted with reason, which produces judgment. We need to give our pets all the love we have merely to match their love for us. When I see a pet suffering from abuse I want to see the perpetrator punished equal to the pet they abused. The problem is that it is illegal to treat a human the way many humans treat their pets.
Many people say that when they die they want to come back as our pets. People should not own pets if they are not doing so to learn to love the way they do through the experience. We have had fish, birds and dogs and have treated them all as well or better than they would have been treated in the wild. I never want to treat an animal worse then my father in heaven treats them. God is tied directly to animals and I have learned a lot about God through my pets. If you want to know if you are a great ambassador to the pet world remember…
Your Life is PERFECT!
Dr. Randolph Ek, Mpsy.D.