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Being a Pet Parent

By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views

My husband says the pecking order in our house is cat, kid, and him. I really believe cat and kid rank as equals. My husband is super intelligent, and I keep on telling him that it would hurt the cat’s and the kid’s feelings if they knew he topped the list.

This is Earl Gray.

Having a cat in the house is as important to me as breathing. I can’t imagine life without Earl Gray. He has been with us for almost 15 years. He turns 20 later this month. We found him a number of years ago—a week after one of my cats died. I wasn’t planning on getting another cat right then. I wanted to wait a few weeks—go through a grieving process.

A week to the day that my other cat passed, Earl showed up on our front porch with a badly broken leg. It was an internal break, and he stunk. He obviously was eating garbage. But when we opened the front door, he hobbled in with his tail curled upright. He claimed the house as his own.

The following weeks meant trips to a specialized veterinarian. My vet, whom I adore, said he could fix the leg, but it was such a rare break that he felt better sending him to a specialist. Earl healed quickly, and he sits on my desk when I write.

Yes, this house is busy with kids and husband and friends. Yet, having a cat who really cares about you is a gift.

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25 comments to Being a Pet Parent

  • Heidi

    I have a similar pecking order in my house too.

  • Luce

    I love when you tell personal stories Michele. You are funny. The pets in our house are also at the top of my list.

  • MaryAlice

    Fun post Michele! Our pets are treated like royalty, and that is the way it should be.

  • Judy

    Funny, and true. My pets come first.

  • Nancy

    My kid ranks as number one in the house, followed by a close second are the pets, and then the hubby. He is great too.

  • Yvonne

    You know that cats rule–at least they do in our house.

  • Orly

    It is a privilege having pets in my house.

  • Carrie

    Nothing beats having a pet in the house. I just can’t image my life without a pet either. I agree with you!

  • Rory

    For me, it’s horses. We have barn cats and a dog, but the horses are at the top of my list, and we love them all.

  • Marilyn

    For people who don’t have pets, they just don’t know what they are missing. I know they are missing a lot of joy.

  • Esther

    Life would not be as beautiful without a pet.

  • Irene

    Thanks Michele! Being a pet parent is a joy. And it keeps us healthy too. Happiness increases the endorphins, which keep us healthy.

  • Jody

    We love our dogs, and they teach our kids about being responsible and caring!

  • Larry

    Dogs give you so much unconditional love. Being a pet parent is work, but it is so worth it. You get back 100 fold what you put in.

  • Caitlin

    I’m glad a few of your readers mentioned the health benefits of having a pet. It is so true. I am a happier person because of my pet.

  • Anne

    We have the same order in our house–well the pets are tied with the kids, and my husband and I deeply love one another.

  • Thanks Luce, It helps to have an understanding spouse.–Best, Michele

  • Sounds like your Earl Gray zeroed in on your pain of losing your cat and came right over to your rescue and adopted you one week later 🙂 ! What a WIN/WIN for both of you! I could not imagine life without my two furry kids. They definitely come before anyone. When I lost my fiance in a vehicle accident almost 9 years ago, they literally saved my life. My Princess purred me to sleep at night with her tummy vibrations and my Prince made sure I put my feet on the ground every morning. Walking through my front door was one of the most painful things I ever had to do and I am grateful that they were there to greet me and help me over the threshold. Truly, I don’t know what I would have done without them.

  • What a moving story Judy. I’m sorry for your loss, and am glad that you had your cats to help you. They really are jewels.

  • What a beautiful story, Michele. Please post more of those! It’s wonderful to share your life with Earl Grey. 🙂

  • What an absolutely beautiful post. I just loved it. Sharing! And Earl Grey is so cute!

  • Thank you for reading it Barbara! Earl is going to turn 20 this month.–Best, Michele

  • Thanks Daniela, Always good to hear from you. On the 20th of this month Earl Gray will turn 20! Best,–Michele

  • Kirsten

    I completely agree…I don’t know what I’d do in a catless house. I love my kitties Whiskers, Pesty and Gingersnap!

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