A friend messaged me the other day and she mentioned how she loves pets and don’t mind which type of pet to have, but she doesn’t have a pet, and not anytime soon either.
Actually her restraint arises over how unbearable it can be to let pets go, for example, when they die.
A pet lover who’s just lost his or her beloved pet will undoubtedly experience a deep sense of loss when their pets die, unlike anyone who hasn’t had the emotional connection with their pets, who will never know of this life experience.
To a pet lover, a pet is their companion friend and means much more than anyone can ever describe fully.
To anyone else, it’s just an animal, where they go on thinking that if that pet dies, just go get another one.
Of course they wouldn’t know just how individual a pet’s character is, and just as variable as your schoolmate or office colleague, a pet has its own unique set of characters and personalities that truly makes them one of a kind. That means there’s just no replacement for a loss of pet.
BUT is that a reason to not have pets? To avoid that emotional attachment? If there’s a word for it, I guess that it’s called Petlossphobia?
SO would you go through life, living devoid of emotional attachments, just for fear of losing it someday?
WHY would anyone wanna escape that?
A pet provides more than just mere ‘living toy’ but rather a companion to cherish and hold.
It makes you laugh, amuse, angry and annoyed but overall, it gives you unparalleled companionship, like a best friend that never smokes, drinks, or complaints.
It’s privileged indeed to be a part of their little lives, and Petlossphobia is all, but a minor dip in the currency of enriched life experiences.
Indeed, a loss of pet is hard to bear, but to go through your life without a pet friend is even harder to bear.