To all the pet owners, pets are considered blessings from God. They tend to bring out the most tender sides of a person, and turn the most carefree person into a responsible pet owner. Studies have shown owning a pet reduces stress levels, and even helps with depression. Pet owners always have several anecdotes about their pets, they are ready to tell anyone who is willing to listen and has a few hours at hand.“I cannot even imagine what I would do without my dogs. They are the best part of my life,” says Sumaiya Shamim, when talking about her five dogs. Most pet owners react the same way when asked about what they are most grateful for in life. Here are some sweet stories about pets shared by their owners or 'parents' as they like to be called.
“I was a very angry kid and would often try to harm myself. No one could approach me because I was so aggressive. My dad bought me a dog one day, hoping that I would bond with it and get a little better. It worked! Within a few weeks, I was playing with Gollu outside and had even made a few friends. My dad was stoked! Gollu is what kept me going in my darkest hours. I love him!” says Shoumik who has had Gollu for eight years now.
Tanisha jokes, “I cannot stop talking about my dogs. Even if I am on a date, it is probable that I will throw in a few stories about my pet, and by a few, I mean they will definitely dominate the whole conversation. Some guys say it is cute others find it weird but they will just have to deal with it because my pets are the most important part of my life.”
“I was coming home very sad one day after getting my results from school. I was properly depressed and nothing was helping, but as I entered my house and my dogs came running towards me wagging their tails, I instantly began feeling better. No matter what is going on in my life, my dogs help me go through the bad times and not give up. I love talking to them and I feel like they understand me better than most people,” Taifur says about Snowy and Hulk, his two dogs.
Mahabub has four cats, and says he sleeps best when they are all cuddling him. “It immediately brightens up my day when I wake up to find them fast asleep on top of or beside me. Cats have a reputation of being horrible pets, but mine are the very best. It is very tiring to keep cleaning up after them all day but they are worth it. Nothing calms me down or even cheers me up the way my cats do after a long day. The best part of my day is definitely spending quality time with them.”
“My cats follow me everywhere. While some may find that annoying, it actually makes me very happy. Both my parents work and it is just me at home after school; my cats keep me from feeling lonely. I love it when they follow me around or cuddle me,” says Tahseen, a seventh grader who has two cats named, Kalia and Whitey.
“I take my cats everywhere with me. Most cats do not really like to be around too many people. But mine are very comfortable around large groups of people and try to show off their skills. They are always seeking attention and are quite needy which is not very typical of cats, however mine are just that way. My friends love pampering them so much that I am told to make sure my cats attend all the parties along with me!” says Zubaida Bashir.
Other pet stories
Tasnuva Siddiqui says, “I had a turtle once when I was a child. I don't think I ever parted from it; I would take it everywhere. And, that is how I lost it too. One day I went out to play with my friends and took Turty with me to the field, unfortunately I forgot to bring him back. I was devastated but my parents say they found it mighty funny because of the irony of the whole thing. I wouldn't leave Turty alone in fear of losing him, but taking him everywhere with me is what made me lose him. Guess that makes for a good story about how we shouldn't hold on too tight eh?”
Achol Chowdhury has an aquarium full of fish. She says, “I tried to train them from the first day. It was hard because fish aren't really the kind of pet you can train. But, after much trying I got my fish to follow me around in the aquarium every time I walk by it. I know it doesn't seem like much but it took me such a long time to get them to do it! The first time they did it, I was overjoyed!
“I have a lovebird. They are really small birds and the only kind my mother will allow me to keep. Every time I enter the room, Lovey starts singing. She does it only when I enter the room. Once, I went away to my grandparents' house for a while, Lovey did not sing for the entire time period. I love how she does it only for me. Makes me feel so special!” says Samita, an ardent bird lover.