If you pay attention and learn well, when the journey is done, you will not be just a better person, but the person your pet always knew you to be the one they were proud to call beloved friend.
I must caution you that this journey is not without pain.
When the time comes, and the road curves ahead to a place we cannot see, we give one final gift and let them run on ahead young and whole once more.
“Godspeed, good friend,” we say, until our journey comes full circle and our paths cross again.
Fairly early in his career – with the publication of numerous tall tales, comic essays and the novels Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain earned his reputation as one of America's greatest humorists.
But it wasn't until after his death in 1910 that most readers discovered Twain's darker side.We borrow them, really, just for awhile, and during those brief years they are generous enough to give us all of their love every inch of their spirit and heart, until one day there is nothing left.The cat that only yesterday was a kitten is all too soon old and frail and sleeping in the sun.You will come away changed forever, for one soul cannot touch another without leaving its mark.Along the way, you will learn much about savoring life’s simple pleasures jumping in leaves, snoozing in the sun, the joy of puddles, and even the satisfaction of a good scratch behind the ears.And you will have to find the strength and love to let them go.A pet’s time on earth is far too short especially for those that love them.You will learn the true measure of love the steadfast, undying kind that says, “It doesn’t matter where we are or what we do, or how life treats us as long as we are together.” Respect this always. The look in my dog’s eyes often made me feel ashamed. She saw not some flawed human who could be cross and stubborn, moody or rude, but only her wonderful companion.It is the most precious gift any living soul can give another. Or maybe she saw those things and dismissed them as mere human foibles, not worth considering, and so chose to love me anyway.Composed in 1896, "The Lowest Animal" (which has appeared in different forms and under various titles, including "Man's Place in the Animal World") was occasioned by the battles between Christians and Muslims in Crete.As editor Paul Baender has observed, "The severity of Mark Twain's views on religious motivation was part of the increasing cynicism of his last 20 years." An even more sinister force, in Twain's view, was the "Moral Sense," which he defines in this essay as "the quality which enables [man] to do wrong." After clearly stating his thesis in the introductory paragraph, Twain proceeds to develop his argument through a series of comparisons and examples, all of which appear to support his claim that "we have reached the bottom stage of development." I have been scientifically studying the traits and dispositions of the "lower animals" (so-called), and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. For it obliges me to renounce my allegiance to the Darwinian theory of the Ascent of Man from the Lower Animals; since it now seems plain to me that the theory ought to be vacated in favor of a new and truer one, this new and truer one to be named the Descent of Man from the Higher Animals.