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A Pet Is A Life Long Partner
by chandra mathis
06/02/07
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What I am about to say may be a little harsh , but it is necessary in order to
open the eyes of those who are thinking about buying or adopting a pet.

Our local pet stores are filled with cute , little, adorable critters.

The little ones look at us with eyes that beg for our attention .
We are caught up in the moment without giving it a second thought.
Before we know it, we have bought a pet with no clue as to how we will care for it. You see there is a lot to think through before buying a pet.

If you are thinking about buying a pet, you must first be willing to spend
many years caring for it. That means there will be extra costs for food,
Vet. Bills, and housing. There is also the amount of time you have to spend with it to consider as well.

Some people do not believe that pets have emotions and feelings too. They may not convey them as we are able to, but they are capable of feeling many things , including pain.

Every year there are thousands of animals that are thrown by the wayside. Their owners become weary of them and neglect to care for them.

The animals become homeless , hungry and frightened. Not only that, I truly believe that
their little hearts are broken from rejection.

Pets , once adopted into a family become bonded to that family or person. They are totally
dependent upon their caregiver for all their needs.


There are many pets who face tremendous hardships. They are often abused in many forms.
All to often their fate is an early death.

In my own community , I have seen many animals starving. One particular case involved a three month old horse.

The horse was taken from it's mother when it was even younger by a person who didn't have any real knowledge about horses. The owner was just about as ignorant.

This man neglected to feed the horse till finally it became so weak it could not stand up.The horse was found by a neighbor lying in a mud puddle dying. He dragged the horse free then the owner came out and wanted to shoot the horse. The neighbor asked the owner , if he could have the horse. This man literally scooped the starved animal up in his arms and laid her in the back of his pick-up truck. He and his son took turns nurturing the horse back to health.

It has been a year now since the rescue took place. I am glad that the horse is thriving.
At least this story has a happy ending. There are many stories like this that do not end so happily.

I drive by countless homes in the rural areas of Mississippi . I see dogs, cats, and live stock
literally starving. Those who are infested with parasites and mange. My heart hurts when I see
these things. I wonder when will the cruelty stop.

Often folks get these animals knowing they can't feed them or support them. They can barely feed themselves or afford a doctor. Why get them, if you can't feed them?

As responsible pet owners, we should have our pets spayed or neutered. This will preventover population of unwanted pets. Have you ever seen dogs or cats who were homeless, sick,hungry and pregnant? This is no pretty sight.

I believe God gave us the pets in our lives to love and cherish . In Proverbs , It is written, A righteous man takes care of his animals.

Today , I live in a townhouse on the outskirts of my home town. I have two cats, one dog.I also have about twenty stray cats that come to my back porch each day to eat and receive love. That's the best I can do for them right now. At least they know that someone does love them.

Animals have feelings too!


If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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lauren finchum 12 Jun 2007
Amen. God gave us animals to love and care for. A lot of poeple think because animals where created under us that we can hurt them and it doesn't matter. Or leave them on the street. Not so. Animals have feelings, and I believe God is angery with the way a lot a christians treat their pets. After all they ARE God's creation and deserve to be treated well and loved. I had a cat that got sick and died from the sickness. But I cared for her while she lived and was sad when I couldn't do anthing about to her sickness. But when she was at the Vet and I came in to see her, she hobbled to me like I was her long-lost sister or somthing. It was so sad. Animals have bonds like humans do, and can even sence God's presents. My cat used to get relaxed and tap her tail (no, really!) when she heard worship/Contemperary Christian Music--but not my secular groups. It was so funny! Animals need to be treated like what they are, breathing feeling ,living mememers of God's creations. :) Loved your writting.




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