I’m going to start this post by saying that I’m not a pet person. I mean I don’t hate them, but I like to think that I’m always awkward with them. I don’t know how to react around them, especially around dogs because they’re always barking/sniffing and somehow leaves me feeling uncomfortable when they do that.
Anyway, we now happen to have a housemate that has a pet. Her pet is a small dog named Emo. Everyone in the house likes to call her an old lady because Emo is apparently old. I remember the first day I arrived at the house. I met everyone and there was Emo too. I immediately felt awkward but to my surprise, she didn’t do anything. She didn’t bark, didn’t sniff around me. Instead, she just froze and stared at me with the cutest eyes.
Since then, there were moments when I was alone at the house during the day. I usually spend most of the time in our room or on our little patio, but we have a communal kitchen so I always meet Emo when I cook. At first I was, again, awkward. But then I realised that Emo seems to be as awkward as I am! Most of the time she just stared at me and never try to come near me. As days go by, I let down my guard near her and sometimes decided to pet her. It seemed like she enjoyed it, but again she never asked for more. You know how dogs like to “ask for more” when humans pet them? That never happens with Emo.
So, I began to fell in love with Emo slowly. It wasn’t until last week when our housemate was away and she asked our favour to look after Emo. She left some instructions so I basically had to take care of Emo for a week! I learned how to feed her, how to take her on a walk, and I spent more time with her.
During those days I fell in love with Emo more because she is just the most adorable dog. She accepts whatever we gave her and never asked for more. She has this expression which made me believe that she was listening to me, and she has shown that she can be a great company.
As for now, our housemate has come back from her vacation so I no longer have to take care of Emo. In fact I haven’t seen her since she’s back and I came to realise that I miss Emo now 😦 but if you ask me, I don’t think I’ll be adopting any pets soon because I’m not sure if I can handle the emotional bond. Anyway, I think I have Emo to thank because she made me less awkward with pets.
What about you, how’s your story with pets?