February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day, and even though I doubt any of us pet owners need a special day to love them, it is pretty great to have a day to celebrate the special bond we have with our furry, feathered, or even scaly friends.
It’s an excellent reminder to show extra love and appreciation to the animals that bring so much joy, comfort, and love into our lives, because of course they are so much more than just animals; they’re companions, friends, and to many of us, members of the family.
I’d like to take a moment to give a little public love to my own furry family – Biskit and Teddie our spaniels, Rumble our cat, and Humbug and Peri our horses.
Each of these gorgeous creatures has a unique personality, their own quirky character, and of course a special place in my heart.
Like pretty much every dog, Bisk and Ted are as loyal and openly loving as they come, and it’s always great to come home to their waggy-tailed welcome.
Rumble is of course a little more aloof, but when she deigns to give you her affection, it’s all the more special for that.
As for the big boys – the beautiful intelligent beasts – they bring me a sense of peace and grounding whenever I’m around them. I’m not into meditation, but an evening ride across the fields as the sun is setting, is hard to beat for reminding me how lucky I am, especially on those days when life gets a little overwhelming.
So, on February 20th, let’s all take a moment to give our pets a little extra love and affection, and show them just how much they mean to us.