Learning to Love Another
A Pet

Consider adopting a homeless pet from a local shelter. Caring for a pet can teach you much about loving, and about taking responsibility. Loving a pet is more than petting and playing with him, more than the look of gratitude in his eyes when you feed him. It is walking him late at night in cold, rainy weather. It is cleaning up the messes she makes when she knocks over the trash. It is cancelling your vacation because you cannot find a neighbor to feed her while you are gone. It is having to pass up that great condo apartment because pets are not allowed. It means messing up your plans and disrupting your routine... to care for another. It means inconveniencing yourself, making sacrifices, and putting another's needs ahead of your own. It is a total commitment... just like a loving relationship with a woman.