Think about that for a minute: *You* are your pets' world. I don't know about you, but I often wonder if I'm worthy of that incredible honor. This past Saturday, February 20th, was National Love Your Pet Day, but at our house we don't need a special day set aside for that. It's celebrated in every single moment that we spend together.
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We don't start each day with breakfast; we start with playtime. Mudpie's favorite thing in the world is playing with her toys...so that's what we do. Those 15 to 20 minutes every morning spent with my little girl before I leave for work are so, so important to me. It's "our time" together that I look forward to and it remains with me as I go about my day. Those special moments are like chicken soup for my soul.
After I get home from work she's ready to play again, but during the evening she's typically ready for a little quiet time together. That's when we curl up on the couch to either watch TV or read a book (a delicious mystery or the latest tome from Chicken Soup for the Soul®, of course!). That's our special "cuddle time" together and she usually falls asleep quite quickly.
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Chicken Soup for the Soul is a family owned and operated business that gives back, too. A portion of all proceeds from the sale of their pet food goes to the Humpty Dumpty Institution to help support organizations that feed and care for animals in shelters. The royalties from their new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Very Good, Very Bad Cat (there's a dog version too!) will go to the American Humane Association. Their packages feature shelter pets from a local shelter and ones that have recently found their forever homes (stories about these pets can be found on the back of the packages). They are also the official dog food sponsor for the American Humane Association's Hero Dog Awards, as well as a sponsor of the Therapy Dog category!
One of the greatest lessons I learned in losing Truffles so young is to make time for those you love. How many times did she want to play or cuddle and because I was busy I asked her to wait. I thought we had all the time in the world. Now I'd give anything to have that time back with her. I won't make that same mistake with Mudpie. Whether you're parenting a pet or a child, the greatest way to show your love is to give them the gift of time. Set aside the distractions and be present.
Every moment matters. Every day is precious.
Show your pet how much you love them...today and every day.
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