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The Real Reasons I “Waste” My Time Learning about Dogs and Cats

All I knew is that he would have died if it wasn’t for the companion by his side.

That companion was a dog named Honey.  

Honey was in the backseat of a car that had flipped over into a ditch. She barked from her cage while her owner, Michal Bosch, regained consciousness.

Pain surged through Michal Bosch’s entire body. The steering wheel of his car had fallen on his chest. Not only did the steering wheel cause extreme pain, it trapped him from getting out of his car.

Honey, however, freed herself from her cage and escaped out the door. She barked several times at Michal, who cried out, “Honey, go get help!” And immediately, Honey was off to find someone.

A problem arose: the street on which Michal had wrecked was in the middle of nowhere. Honey had to run half a mile to come into contact with someone. Once she did, she led this person to Michal. The person called an ambulance to rescue Michal, who survived without any terminal injuries.

The doctors who tended to Michal Bosch declared that he would have died if it had not been for Honey’s prompt success in leading someone to the crash site.

Honey’s story illustrates that dogs and cats are incredible animals. They’re amazing companions of human beings. Honey is one of many dogs who have saved their owners’ lives, and even if our dogs haven’t saved us physically, most are inseparable from us and our families.

This article is about three reasons why I “waste” my time learning about these amazing animals. They’ve done so much for us, and I think it’s very useful for us to learn a little bit about them!

1. “Happiness is a warm puppy.”

Charles M. Schulz was a cartoonist (widely considered to be one of the greats of the industry) who made the comic strip, Peanuts. One of his best-selling Peanuts cartoons was titled, “Happiness is a warm puppy.”

One of the reasons I devote some of my time to learning about dogs and cats is because I love my two dogs, Cooper and Gracelynn. They’re happiness in a nutshell!

Thus, I spend time learning about the best diets for pets, the right amount of exercise for pest, and the best pet supplies so that I can keep Cooper and Gracelynn happy on the inside!

That’s the first reason I devote much of my time learning about cats and dogs!

2. “The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.”

The above statement was made by William Inge, a playwright of the 20th century. I believe Inge meant two things from the statement: (1) you should want to learn not just facts but values, (2) and you should have a reason for pursuing a particular education aside from wanting to accumulate arbitrary facts.

Thus, in learning about dogs and cats, my aim is to become knowledgeable about values (ex: every creature is important) and also to implement values (ex: be a better pet owner). One of my ultimate aims is to teach others about how amazing dogs and cats are!

3. “Let us make mankind in our image…so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over…all the animals on the ground.”

Of course, reason three is taken from Genesis 1:26-28. Now, even if you aren’t a Christian, I think you’ll still be able to appreciate the beauty of that verse, in which God states that we have an obligation to care for all the animals that are on Earth, among them dogs and cats. That’s the ultimate reason it’s worthwhile devote time to dogs and cats!

I hope you are now encouraged to learn a little bit more about the dog or cat (or both) roaming around your house! They’re fascinating animals who can do a lot for us!

4 thoughts on “The Real Reasons I “Waste” My Time Learning about Dogs and Cats

  1. This was a wonderful, heart-warming story about Honey and I applaud your follow-up comments about owning and caring for a pet. If you give them the care and attention they deserve, you’ll never be without a loyal companion. I truly believe pets have a sense of things that can’t always be explained. Thank you for posting tender stories on Max and Maud… I love them!😘

    1. Thank you so much for your compliments, Mrs. Nelda! I really appreciate your thoughts on owning pets – they truly are very special. Thanks again for your support.

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