I fell in love Santa’s Little Helper, Snowball II and Snowball when they were introduced into the show. At first it was a little scary considering that Bart could do any manner of things to the animals. Santa’s Little Helper showed up in the very first Simpsons episode. He was the slowest greyhound at the tracks and his owner abandoned him. Bart and Homer were at the the track to earn some money for Christmas presents, but adopted him instead.
Over the course of our marriage we have adopted four animals. They each provided us with different blessings and unique challenges. They helped us to have so much joy and we also briefly experienced sorrow with them. Our current rescue is our American Labrador, Shady.
He is the embodiment of love and loyalty. The Simpsons taught me that life is better with pets. I am not sure how anyone lives without a pet. Since growing up, we have always had a cat or dog around the house. I love to walk him every day, besides the rainy and cold days. Shady helps me to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. He loves people much more than I do, in fact, he gets more excited about people coming to our house than about anything else.
Pets have taught me to be more hospitable to strangers and to pause at times and breathe In everything going on. Are pets a lot of work? Yes, of course so, but I think he is worth every minute of my time. Consider going to your local rescue to help out a pet in need. They might teach you a lot about yourself and make you a better human being.