I have been an animal lover for as long as I can remember. We have had pets for my entire life and now, as an adult, I have 6 cats, 1 dog, and 2 squirrels of my own. Pets, for me, are a joy and I can’t imagine how anyone could feel differently, but that’s not reality. Unfortunately, not everyone is an animal lover and that is simply their perogative and I, we, must be respectful of that. Afterall, we all are different and that’s what keeps the world going ’round. Right?
So, in that spirit, I thought I should write a few tips on being a respectful pet parent. Check them out below:
1. Always keep your pet on a leash. Not only is it safer for your pet, it also keeps your pet from invading someone else’s space. Or, if your pet is small, like Prada, carry him or her instead.
2. Teach your pet basic commands, such as sit, stay, come, and down. Even as a pet lover I prefer for large dogs not to jump up on me.
3. Never bring your pet to someone else’s house before checking to make sure it is ok.
4. When you invite guests over alert them to the fact that you have pets and check to see if anyone has allergies, etc. You may need to seclude you pet(s) to a certain area of the house while you have guests.
Overall, it is a good idea to think of how other’s may feel and remember the Golden Rule – “Do unto others as you would have theem do unto you.”
So what do you think? Have you run into any situations where pet etiquette was missing in the scenario? Or do you agree with my tip above?