My Life With Pets

I honestly trust animals more than humans. I would even go as far as saying I would probably be more comfortable in a room with a carnivore than some of the fake people I’ve met in my life. In hindsight, it would be a ridiculous suggestion because I would be torn to shreds but at least I would perish in dignity.


I’ve loved animals ever since I was a child. My first pet was a dog called Jessie. She was a black Staffordshire bull terrier with the most beautiful face imaginable. I would join my grandad at the weekends to take her for walks around the woods and lakes. Such peaceful times. I miss them badly.



My second pet was a rabbit called Rosie. However, we only had her for a couple of years before she died because a virus in the area killed many of the pets in the neighbourhood. I was absolutely distraught when my mum told me. I remember coming home from school and breaking down in tears. How can something so sweet and innocent (even though she was quite a vicious little thing!) suddenly be taken away. You begin to have thoughts in your head of it being in pain, why wasn’t I there, what could I have done etc.

I really struggle when I lose a pet. Rosie died when I was 8 so it’s quite traumatic to cope with death at a young age for the first time because you don’t understand how to control your emotions. Yet when I was 21 and saw my cat Millie die in my grandad’s arms, I broke down just as bad as I did when I was 8.


I also had 4 cats in my 20s – Millie, Sid, Tabby & Patch. My grandparent’s back garden was like a pet sanctuary. All 4 cats came from nowhere and none of them was microchipped. We assume they were abandoned but we certainly gave them a life full of love and joy afterwards. We lived by the woods so I’ve seen all types of wildlife in the garden throughout the years. I’ve also witnessed a fox catching prey and it wasn’t pretty – luckily it wasn’t any of my cats!


Growing up with pets teaches you many different life skills that can be used both personal & professionally. The most important is responsibility. Other skills include compassion, empathy, respect & patience. I don’t want to sound morbid but having a pet also teaches children about the meaning of dying & bereavement.


My childhood is full of happy memories mainly due to growing up with animals. I hope to share the same experiences as I did with my future children one day.



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