Have you ever stopped and thought about all the animals that share your world with you?
Oh sure, you have a companion animal, be it dog, cat, or other animal friend.
But what other animals do you share your life with? Do you even notice them?
I share the place I live with chipmunks.
A whole host of birds: blue jays, mockingbirds, sparrows, wrens.
Nearby lives an owl. I’ve never seen him, but I’ve heard him often in the early morning hours.
A opossum has visited once.
And there are a variety of insects.
Funny how we all live here in harmony, yet we live separate lives. I don’t feed them, and they typically don’t bother me or Rumpy, though the squirrels will sound the warning to the others when we enter the backyard.
Most of us don’t even consider those animals, unless they annoy us. Then they aren’t living things. They’re a nuisance. Vermin. Pests.
We break out the chemicals to kill them. Or hire exterminators to do it for us.
Because, after all, it’s OUR place. And we have a right to live free of their terror.
In the process, we also poison the earth. The ground water. And ourselves.
Sad, isn’t it?