February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day

Animals are my all-time favorite thing in the world. Don’t get me wrong, I love having money and enjoying a great meal like the next person, but you can’t really cuddle with bills and food without people calling you weird.

 

Growing up, the only animals I could give my love to were other people’s pets that I just so happened to be visiting. We never had any dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, or the like when I was younger and every fish that I owned met its quick demise.

 

 

I’m allergic to cats, but that never stops me from burying my face in one’s fur and giving them eskimo kisses with my nose (cue the non-stop sneezing, itchy eyes and difficulty breathing). One time, while visiting a family friend, her cat booped me and I was instantly in love.

 

But on St. Patrick’s day of 2018, my mom texted me a picture of a dog and said, “Meet your new brother.”

 

 

I had to sit down because I was crying.

We named him Oliver and he is such a mama’s boy. For the next month, the only way I got to interact with his was via Facetime with my mom, and he was always a little goofball whenever the camera was on him.

 

 

Throughout the months, I became obsessed with my pupper and began noticing how his personality was different than other dogs I had been around. For one, he’s extremely quiet. The only time he barks is if someone barges into the house or if he’s having a great time playing. Another thing we just love to document is how he sadly watches us as our cars drive away.

 

 

Oliver loves to chase bunnies in our yard, which I thought would be a problem when I brought my rabbit, RD, home for Christmas, but the two pretty much hit it off (minus the fact that Oliver got very riled up and made RD burrow into my arm).

 

I got RD this last December from a friend’s sister and he is currently the love of my life. It didn’t take long for me to gain his trust—which you can read about in a previous article of mine—and since then, he’s displayed his attitude towards everything. I have to say, it’s been quite the adventure trying to figure out his personality over the last few months and I wouldn't exchange it for anything in the world.  

 

 

This article wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the sassy Setti, who is practically my nephew.

 

He’s been spending a lot of time at my apartment with his fur-mama (who also is one of my best friends), and his existence just proves that animals can have a very prominent personality. From him trying to break out to shooting poop out of his cage, living with this little nutball sure is an adventure.

 

 

So, on February 20th, love your pets with all your might and give your love to the pets that aren’t yours but practically are.