This weekend (thanks to NBC Evening News) we heard news of Barney's death. Barney was the much loved pet of President G.W. Bush. This was overshadowed by the Super Bowl, and was after all a short news bite.
Politics, put aside economic factors and rederic , a beloved pet is a beloved pet. Whether you’re homeless or a millionaire, the pain is the same. We saw Barney come on the scene while then President Bush was in the Oval Office, and although there was a national announcement, that was the size it (letting us know that Barney had passed). We saw the presidential pets playing and running to the helicopter. We hold our pets in high esteem and show our feelings in a madiray of emotions, we love our pets.
Pets come in all different shapes, sizes and species, from dogs to snakes, tortious to cats and so it goes. The most important thing to keep in mind at this point is that whether our pet is an AKC registered Golden Retriever or a street mutt picked up by the local pound for lack of proper tags; they all love the same. They will do things for our family we never thought possible. Rescued pets seem to share their love in a brighter light than pedigreed and purchased pets, Perhaps that has to do with our feelings and esteem which has to acknowledge all the good we do. Personally, many believe it is love and people worship seems to come from their wanting to thank us for their salvation.
Would we have been less quick to acknowledge Barney had he been any other kind of dog, no, would he have seen less public attention if he had been a street dog, no. Barney' attention came from being a Presidential Pet.
Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Bush ‘Thank You’ for sharing Barney with us. And please show the nation and pet rescues your dedication to the pet world by adopting from a rescue when it is time to move on in your love affair with pets. I hope all of us will consider a rescue also.