by Terri L Mooney-Hooker, Administrative Coordinator
If you have ever owned a pet or are a current pet owner, you already know what joy pets can bring to your everyday life. April 11th is National Pet Day, and the month of April is National Pet Month. Our fur babies deserve to be recognized with love and appreciation too.
When I lost my first kitty to heart problems after only 10 short years of loving companionship, I really didn’t think I would be able to handle becoming an owner of any other pet; the heartbreak of losing this type of family member was way too hard. However, as time passed, I missed having a little one there to greet me when I came home; snuggling on the couch; and hours of entertainment helping them to play with shiny, squeaky toys.
Several years passed, and I couldn’t help but look around at the different animal shelters to see if any animal in particular stood out. There was one little kitty four months old, who looked so precious. I made my way to the shelter, and sure enough, there he was, an all-black fur baby with green eyes. When they let me hold him, he licked my finger and looked up at me. That was it! Where do I sign? He had to be mine! Oh how I sure missed the warmth and playfulness of a sweet animal.
A few years moved on, and it seemed that my little kitty needed a friend. The search started. Low and behold, there was another darling kitty at a shelter who seemed like he would be a perfect fit for our little family. He was homebound! The two kitties hit it off after they were introduced to each other. Some years later, both animals developed health issues. One had developed severe stomach issues, and was hospitalized at the emergency vet clinic for several days. The other had gum inflammation and eventually needed to have all his teeth removed. Just like our human counterparts, our pets need medical attention, and we have to be prepared to take care of them.
In times of illness, it’s always good to have insurance. We insure ourselves with home, auto, life, and medical, in hopes we never need it but we have it, just in case. Pet insurance is available, and I highly recommend it. Here are a few items pet insurance may cover depending on the carrier:
- Hereditary and Congenital conditions
- Alternative Therapies
- Behavioral Issues
- Chronic conditions
Never stop loving your pet; cat, dog, gerbil, rabbit or whatever your pet of choice may be. Show them your unconditional love, as they do for you. We can only hope that we outlive our fur babies, and hope that we give them as much joy as they give us. Happy National Pet Month!
Terri is the Administrative Coordinator at MAX. She performs all administrative duties, and helps out in other areas of the company when needed. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband, her children, two cats, and her extended family and friends. She is huge movie goer and an avid animal lover.