According to a survey of more than 2300 pet owners, the kind of animal you own says a lot about you. Snake owners, for instance, are the most likely to earn 6 figure incomes, while bird owners claim the most job satisfaction. Check out the article in its entirety over at The Daily Brainstorm.
I once rented a house from a guy who was one of the founders of Century 21 real estate. I assumed from his background that he would be a stickler for paperwork. Instead, he said that in all his years as a landlord, he did better by trusting his gut feeling after a casual conversation with potential renters. He said he could tell more from a person’s eyes than from any paperwork. He also confided that his favorite type of renters were single women with cats!
I currently own fish, even though – according to the survey – writers are more likely to own reptiles. Of course, I’m not going to rush out and buy a python any time soon (although I wouldn’t mind earning a 6 figure income, either) but I really, really, really want a cat in my life again.
I like what Christine Louise Hohlbaum wrote towards the end of her post:
“Truth be told, animals always go at their God-given pace.
Why shouldn’t we?”
I found that statement quite comforting, actually. My recent struggle with fatigue has made me think a lot about maintaining a healthy pace, keeping balanced and using one’s energy wisely. I still catch myself feeling like I can’t keep up with the speed of life, but I suspect it is an error in my expectations more than anything else.
To read more of Christine Louise Hohlbaum’s thoughts, check out her blog: The Power of Slow.
Do you own a pet? What are your thoughts on the importance/unimportance of human/animal connections?