Life Lessons from Our Furry Friends

Brodie died. I’m sure that for all pet owners, the death of a pet is never easy. I don’t know if you could ever get used to losing an innocent creature who loved you unconditionally, trusted you more than anything else in this world, and gave you so much joy. Most people don’t know this, but Brodie was my first pet. We never had pets growing up and I got him just a few years after college. In some ways, I feel like I had a bit of a unique experience raising Brodie because everything was new, everything was a lesson, and I experienced it all through the eyes of an adult - not taking anything for granted and always seeking to understand. I didn’t anticipate how many insights about myself and life lessons I would gain from taking care of Brodie. My hopes for this article are a bit layered. First, I hope that you take a moment to truly appreciate the people and creatures in your life. Death is around the corner for all of us and we never know when it could happen. So, please give an extra hug to someone and to your pets. Show a little extra love today. Next, I hope that my first-time experiences and lessons in being a pet owner in adulthood will translate to your life – whether you have or haven’t had a pet.   Patience When I got Brodie, I was scared and determined. I was terrified that I would [...]

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