Firstly, I would like to introduce myself and my work as Nature’s Pet owner, if you don’t know me yet. Pets and human connection is an important value for my work as a holistic veterinarian educated back in Brazil. Today my business is called Nature’s Pet, Natural Pet Care, and Products created as a result of my long-term desire to offer a natural line of products for our beloved furry friends.
Let’s talk a bit about why we love our pets so much. What’s the background for it? Dogs and cats are the most popular pets today. The question is, why do we make pets part of our family?
Probably, in my opinion, it’s given our ability to feel empathy and compassion for those so cute furry friends. Empathy brings us the quality to feel what the other is feeling and compassion is what moves us to make something to help the other in some way.
We also have to talk about unconditional love. It’s a human need. Someone who loves us for who we are. Who has zero expectations? Who is always happy to see us, no matter what. We crave unconditional love. In human relationships, this precious commodity is hard to find. But not with pets. Animals touch the most intimate parts of our hearts: our need to nurture and protect, our need for companionship and love. But it seems that animals have a unique ability to bring them out from us.
Pets inspire us to reveal these deep human needs, which we might otherwise keep hidden. It proves that we have a deep capacity to love and care for others under the right circumstances. So, then we found a precious gift, our love, and care for animals free us to be human.
Dogs are with us when we go for long hikes during gorgeous sunsets. They stand by our side when people break up with us. They comfort us when loved ones pass on. They stand in support of our children's companion needs. They are trained to be therapy dogs. They turned as a powerful symbol of family, love, and support.
Cats are great too, I am a cat lover also. My oldest pet is 21years old, Shiny, a stray cat that I adopted after she was left at the vet school in Brazil, I have to say, she is part of my life. I am very thankful to have her companion. We also have a wonderful Australian Shepherd miniature puppy called Luna, full of life and energy. Our Golden retriever, Fava, who came from Brazil to live with us unfortunately passed in 2018.
Animals teach us not only about their lives but about our mortality. They die earlier than us in most cases, and they remind us to live our own lives to the fullest. Even though they are pets and we love them, they are still other species different from us humans, they are more close to nature then we are in essence, so I think we should respect this and do our best not trying to turn them into human babies, but loving them as being pets the way they are. Keep their simple care needs for exercise, their social needs, open space, sun, quality food, less artificial life for a more natural way to live. In this time of social distance is a great opportunity for all of us to learn with our pet’s simplicity and enjoy them the most!