Pets are great for support

Published 4:32 am Friday, October 20, 2017

As human beings who have grown up in a human-controlled world, we sometimes need to be reminded not to be too hard on ourselves. We all must forgive ourselves for our perceived shortcomings. They are only perceived by us as shortcomings because humans, by nurture, not nature, are taught to be overly critical.

Nobody is perfect in this life. Yet we all are. Our natures are pure.

We need to learn to forgive ourselves and to then move on.

I believe a deep peace is constantly accessible to everybody who takes a mortal form. I believe that it’s the unconditional loving spirit of God or the loving universal energy. When we can master accessing this spirit or energy we can be blissfully at peace, we can live relaxed and happy, according to our true nature.

What other animals worry and fret, except the too-human Chihuahua dog that trembles on the veterinarian’s examining table? Most dogs, cats, birds, and horses live all of their days in peace, and simply being around them can do a lot for a human’s comfort. So, pet a dog or a cat. You will feel better if you do. And brush a horse if you have one handy. Or cuddle with your sweet, happy bird.

I have a parakeet named Bitsy B and a Labrador mixture dog named Ladybug, and I used to have cats and a horse. I think they are all just great big hearts. What more could you ask for in a companion?

And the people in your lives are there for you, too. Your beloved family and friends all would probably tell you that your perceived shortcomings are figments of your imagination. Like Ram Dass has said, we are all just walking each other home. Remember that when you feel the need to call on one of them, or when one calls on you. I believe that we are all meant to be here for each other, that we are one.

And so are the animals, and the towering trees, and the starry night sky. Do any of those images make you feel at peace? If not, what does? You alone can decide what works for you. So, make a list, and visit them, at least in spirit, when you need a respite from human anxiety. Pet your dog, nuzzle your horse, or cuddle your bird.

I do believe that we’re walking each other home, and I don’t know where I’d be without my like-minded support group. If you don’t have one, I highly recommend that you assemble one.

Marcelle Hanemann is a reporter for The Daily News. You can email her at or call her at 985-732-2565, ext. 301.