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宠物教会了我们什么?

时间:2011-09-15 18:20:01  来源:  作者:

在1979年当我成为一个狗主人后,我有绝对的信心说宠物有神奇的能力能教会人们从任何人那都学不到的东西。如果你愿意让你的宠物成为你个人发展的一部分,你会从它们那学到很多。
True Unconditional Love

Dogs are especially good at teaching us what unconditional love is. They love you no matter how much money you make, what kind of car you drive (or lack of one), how bad your hair is and what kind of day you’re having. When you come home, they are always glad to see you. They are always going to be with you no matter how rough life gets (in contrast to many humans unfortunately).
无条件的爱
狗狗会教会我们什么是无条件的爱。它们爱你,不管你挣多少钱,不管你开什么车(或者没有),你的发型怎样的糟糕又或者你过了怎样的一天。当你回到家,它们总是非常高兴。它们只是想跟你在一起即使生活很艰难。
This is true unconditional love.
这就是真正无条件的爱。
Even if you accidentally hurt them during a grooming or nail clipping section, they always forgive you. All they ask for in return is food, shelter and attention. Dogs in particular, give you tons of love back and personally, I think us humans get a pretty darn good deal out of this arrangement.
即使如果你在为它们剪毛或者指甲时不小心弄伤了它们,它们还是会原谅你。它们的小小要求只是食物,住所和关心。特别是狗狗,如果你满足了它们这点小小要求,它们会以数倍的爱来回报你。以人类的思维方式,这当然是一桩不错的买卖。
Teaching Us Responsibility

Pets in general are great teachers of responsibility, especially for children. When a new pet arrives at home, very soon the kids will learn that there is a huge responsibility in pet ownership. That cute puppy or kitten is not like a stuffed toy that can be left alone when you are finished with it. Instead, it makes noise, it pees, poos and barfs. It also rips things up and requires a lot of consistent training.
关于责任
宠物是教会责任的最好的老师,特别是对孩子来说。当家里有了一只新宠物,孩子会很快学会作为这个伙伴的主人的责任。那只可爱的小狗或者小猫并不只是像那些没有生命的玩偶,当你玩累了就丢在一旁。它会制造噪音,撒尿拉屎,甚至生病呕吐。它也会把东西撕得到处都是,需要你不断地训导它。
Failing to realize this responsibility has unfortunately resulted in many unwanted dogs and cats left abandoned at the animal shelters. This is a real tragedy. I personally think that all prospective pet owners should be educated on pet ownership before taking in a live pet.
The successful households with pets who do learn a lot about how to properly care for them will be immensely rewarded. The kids who actively help in the care of pets will likely grow up to be responsible adults too.
如果没有意识到这种责任,会造成更多不幸的猫猫狗狗被遗弃在宠物收留所。我个人的认为那些想要或将要拥有宠物的人应该在有它们之前先上一堂宠物主人的课。那些拥有宠物并懂得如何关心爱护它们的家庭应该得到奖励。并且那些积极帮助关心宠物的小孩长大也更可能成为有责任心的成年人。
The Tough Lesson Of Compassion

Interestingly enough, we also learn about compassion through our pets but unfortunately, it is always a very difficult lesson as it is taught near the end of our beloved friends’ lives. I learned this lesson especially hard with my first dog Pepper.
关于同情心的艰难一课
有趣的是,我们同样也从我们的宠物身上学会同情,但是不幸的是这也总是很难的一课,因为当我们学会时,挚爱的朋友的生命也接近尾声。我尤为难受地从我的第一只狗狗Pepper身上学会这一课。
Pepper’s health was plunging pretty fast in his 15th year due to Cushing’s Syndrome. A specialist vet recommended against surgery because of Pepper’s age. Pepper soon became quite uncomfortable as he started to yelp on a frequent basis. I didn’t know what to do as I was confronted by this situation for the first time in my life. I was also too hesitant to put him to sleep as I thought that his discomfort would just be temporary.
Pepper的健康在它15岁之后消耗得非常快,因为它得了库欣氏综合症。一位兽医专家建议因为Pepper的年纪比较大了,已经没必要动手术了。Pepper很快变得很不舒服,开始频频地发出呻吟。我不知道该怎么办因为我第一次面对这样的情况。我非常犹豫要不要让它安乐死,因为我不断说服自己它的不舒服只是暂时的。
In fact, my own reaction was so bad that I actually got mad at him for being so noisy. Then one morning when I got up, my other dog Max was waiting for me at my bedroom door. This was quite unusual as my two dogs were usually together somewhere. I found Pepper in another part of my home as he had passed away during the night.
Then I realized that my hesitation and delay in putting him to sleep, caused my precious friend unnecessary suffering. In fact, this is one of the very few regrets that I actually have in my life. I should have taken the right action as soon as Pepper was hurting.
而且事实上,我自己的反应也很糟糕,我被它呻吟发出的噪音弄得烦死了。有一天早上起床的时候,我的另外一只狗Max在卧室门前等我。这很不寻常因为一般我的两只狗狗都是形影不离的一起玩。我在房子的另一处发现了Pepper,可是它已经在夜里去世了。然后我才意识到我对让Pepper安乐死的犹豫和拖延给我的朋友带来了如此多不必要的痛苦。这是我一生中极少非常后悔的事之一。我应该在Pepper被病痛折磨及时采取正确的行动。

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