Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Unconditional Relationships

Outside of human relationships where in this world do you find unconditional love? Answer: relationships with our pets…dogs, cats, hamsters, etc.

Our pets don’t know the meaning of the words “friendship” or “love.” But they freely give both unconditionally. We can reprimand them too harshly and they still come to us as quickly as a BFF when we call them. We're late refilling their water supply and they still exchange love with us in their ways.

We had a hamster at our house for a while; in a cage, exercise wheel and all. One night the nocturnal little sweetie escaped from his confinement and started a tour of the house. Everyone but the hamster was in bed asleep. When he finished the stairs and found that he had roaming space, he raced across the room and slammed into a closed door. He apparently backed up and tried the door several times.

The door was to our daughter’s room; the hamster lived in our son’s room—upstairs. Being directly over our daughter’s room, we were awakened by her screams. As the hamster continually bumped into her door she thought someone was breaking into her room. Her daddy took off downstairs turning on lights as he went. As soon as he saw the hamster he assured our daughter all was well then shouted for our son to come down and catch his “varmint.”

When both our children were young, a stray cat showed up in our garage. I couldn’t let it go hungry—could I? So I put out food and water. The cat stayed and the kids named him Clyde. It wasn’t long until we had to change the name to Clydina!

The children are grown now and we have no pets. I miss pets being around. Especially Monica, our fourteen-year-old Cocker Spaniel who died in 2008 as her old body finally quit on her. We haven’t replaced her. The pain of her loss remains raw and is something I choose not to go through again.

What pets live at your house? Any incident with your pet you’d like to share?

"Animals are such agreeable friends--they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms." --George Eliot

Till next time ... keep on smiling.


  1. Hi Jo--
    Loved your post as I (we) are animal lovers in our home; mostly dogs and cats, but we've had turtles, hamsters, white mice, canaries, rabbits, chickens etc. I agree; I think the Lord sometimes uses our love for our pets as a reflection of the relationship we have with Him; He loves us (as we love our pets) but they can be rebellious as we are, too. Nice post.

  2. Pat, thank you for your comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. You're right; the love we share with our pets is a reflection of the kind of love we share with our Lord.

  3. How true! I do believe that the love we share with our pets are a reflection of the kind of love we share with our Lord. When it comes to dogs, I don't think it's a coincidence that dog spelled backwards is God. It's so appropriate. No matter what we do (neglect them, forget to spend time with them, put others things before them) they never ever hold it against us. They greet us and love us like it never even happened. Just like our God.

  4. Kara, I like your analogy. Thanks for your insightful comment.