Pet lovers, how did you come by the animals in your home?
One recent, fateful afternoon, my wife and I came home from work to an extremely motivated small child. She had produced a written document meant to motivate us as well.
We quickly learned the shelter had been visited and the kitten had been selected: a tabby with white paws.
Also, she had been named: Sweetie.
We said OK, adding on a couple more terms like making your bed and keeping your room clean.
Mommy and I knew we were in for a lifetime of care for a small creature. We’ve been in for this before. (* See Exhibit A: Small child.)
Before long, Sweetie was at the vet, preparing to make her home with us.
We’re still working on that.
Having a pet is good for a small child. It teaches responsibility, and the companionship is beneficial too.
Signing on for a pet means signing on for years long past the small body with big ears and big paws phase, though.
Even this grumpy, sleepy, hungry guy was a cute little kitten once.
We’re still honoring our commitment to love him, too.
Well, welcome, Sweetie, and here’s to a great life.
And since it’s never too soon to start planning for the future, Sweetie, how would you feel about going off to college with this kid?