Endemic Birds of Splendor
As we start a new year, it is Animal Scene’s hope that we will all start a new way of living with our companion animals. They give us joy, after all.
I will keep an open mind about other pets.
I will not say “Kadiri” or “Gross!” when I encounter an exotic pet. Every animal has its own appeal, after all, and its role to play in this world. I understand that my pet is a lifetime commitment.
I will never throw away or dispose of my pet just because he or she is no longer trendy or cute. And I understand the dangers of dumping an unwanted fish into a local stream or releasing a non-local animal into the wild.
I will bring my pets to the vet when they are ill.
I will not let my pet become a sad abandonment or neglect story, ever, just because it was sick and I didn’t want to spend moneyand time taking him or her to the vet. I realize that if I have money for a purebred dog or cat, then there is no excuse! Same goes for rescues or adopted animals. They deserve the best love and care because a pet is a lifetime commitment.
I will give my pet love and care.
I realize that not all pets can be loved in the way a dog, cat, hamster, bird, or other traditional pet can be loved, but I will treat them with care.
It’s so easy, isn’t it? If we can tick off just one item from this list, we’ll have one great resolution fulfilled!
I will keep learning about my pet.
The best food, what not to feed it, how to properly care for it, what its common diseases and behavioral problems are—in an era where information is readily available online, why not take advantage so that you can become a great pet owner (or parent)?