We lost our Chewie at just 6 years of age. Why do we get pets?

Why do we get pets?
As if driven by an elusive need
We desire to keep them away from threats
A parenting instinct we must heed

With them all worries our heart forgets
We seek their acceptance their company
As if trying to redeem our past regrets
And we don’t want them to ever feel lonely

We watch them grow their nature is art
Adorable, curious, creative, playful
Like a beam of sunlight they play their part
Surprise us, treat us, and always grateful

They trust and search for our reassurance
Their soothing company, pure and innocent
Our love and care permeates their essence
Yet they remain eternally vigilant

Two different minds sharing one moment in time
Altruistic perhaps we expect nothing in return
Their reliance in us makes a rapid climb
Their presence makes a fire in us burn

So why do we get pets?
Towards them our actions are selfless
By now we have all placed our bets
And we assure them our bond is endless

While enjoying this feeling of belonging
We provide a home that is safe and warm
Too busy to see the blatant warning
That in the distance there is a storm

It’s an unstopable force, we’re made to connect
There’s something in our genes we can’t quantify
We overcome the walls of dialect
And our unique affection helps us get by

Then the tyranny of time comes to reject
This sweet embrace we learnt to rely
And leaves our hearts broken and wrecked
With its dark unexpected and aching goodbye

For Chewie
January 2013 – 11th of February 2019

Thanks for so many good memories, buddy. We miss you.

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