One animal is looking into my eyes. This animal has known love. He is playful, trying to egg me on to play with him. It is obvious he had a family. He is bald with a few wisps of hair. He was given away because he has a form of cancer. I see him as beautiful. His owners probably thought only of the ugliness and the medical expenses.
My little granddaughter is with me. Of all the ferrets the bald one is her favorite. She pats him and smiles and says, "How soft he is grandma," if we could all see through a childís eyes.
Did this ferret have a human child who loved him? Did he have someone that came home from work each day excited to open the cage door. Looking forward to playing with his or her best friend? How did this ferret feel when he began losing his hair and his owner begin to pay less attention to him? How did he feel when he found himself in a strange and cold place without his human family?
I am trying not to be judgmental. Sometimes there are legitimate reasons to give up a pet. I had to do it myself once. My folks were in their 80ís and could no longer care for themselves. We had to move across country to California to care for them.
We had animals that could not be brought across the border into California because they are illegal in the state. The sad thing is the border station had been closed - lack of funding. No one stopped us to look for fruits, vegetables, or animals. Illegal or not, I could have brought these animals into the state. For each one of my animals I found close friends that wanted them that would love them.
When I lived in the country I would often find abandoned animals that were just dumped on the side of the road. Once we found two golden retriever pups. They had been tossed in the road, one was still inside a paper bag, and he had been run over and killed. Another pup came running out from the weeds next to the road. He was a playful plump pup; beautiful and golden. We brought him home with us. He turned out to be the best dog we had ever had.
Jake a couple of weeks after we found him on the road where he was left to die. His brother did die, still inside the bag after being tossed from a vehicle. He had been run over by a car. Never run over boxes or bags on the road, you never know what is inside of them.
Every single pet we had back then had been rescued, they had all been abandoned. It makes me ill that people are too embarrassed or lazy to take animals to an animal rescue or animal shelter. I am a firm believer in pet adoption!
My son Robert Vincent Ruth and Jake, may they both rest in peace. At least they are together. This picture was taken on our lake in Northern Minnesota. Our house set up on a cliff. What a beautiful place to live.
If you are thinking about acquiring a pet, think about pet adoption, bringing a pet home from an animal rescue or animal shelter. I doubt if there is any rescue that doesnít exist for every animal there is. Look for ferret rescues, turtle rescues, reptile rescues, skunk rescues, bird rescues, parrot rescues, macaw rescues, you get the idea. All you need to do is add the animalís name to the front of rescue or shelter. Check phone books, check the internet, and check with local veterinarians. Please consider pet adoption first.
This article is dedicated to my son Robert Vincent Ruth who passed away at fifteen years of age. Also, to our wonderful dog Jake, who will be with Robert, forever.
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