Hav­ing a soft spot for an­i­mals

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

There’s one es­sen­tial qual­ity Mr Right must have and that’s a love for an­i­mals. There’s some­thing se­ri­ously wrong with a man who doesn’t like an­i­mals. Veg­e­tar­ian friends ac­cuse me of hypocrisy in call­ing my­self an an­i­mal lover, but that’s another con­ver­sa­tion.

I’m talk­ing about pets. Friends said a fi­nal good­bye to a beloved fam­ily pet re­cently. I wept when I heard the news. He was a good age and had been with his fam­ily from puppy days. I will miss him.

You could not want for a more friendly, loyal and gen­tle dog. He was a dog who knew how to smile. He was also an an­i­mal with a re­mark­able abil­ity to qui­etly sit with you when you were up­set. There are few peo­ple who know the right things to stay in times of sad­ness. This dog knew that just be­ing there is what’s needed.

I’d looked af­ter him oc­ca­sion­ally when his own­ers were away.

He’d slowed down a bit in the last year, but be­fore that he would swim and chase sticks (and of­ten cats) for hours.

How could I pos­si­bly want a man who didn’t want to share such joy?

● Queen­stown’s Sin­gle Girl is look­ing for true love. Ad­vice and po­ten­tial can­di­dates should be emailed to mir­ror@stl.co.nz

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