Animal Lover's Learn Lessons For Life

Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509

Like many people, I always loved animals and had many different pets to teach my children valuable life lessons. In this photograph you see my daughter hiking in the Swiss Alps. On her trails she was greeted by a Seedenhund, one of many Swiss Mountain Dogs. She has a way with animals that are always positive. They connect easily. As a family, we traveled to many places and always seemed to discover new life lessons about animals. Here are some of the life lessons you may have also learned. If you have more, I would love it if you shared:  


They say the early bird catches the worm. It sings at the break of dawn when the sun is just about to rise. It eats only what it needs and spends the rest of the time flying in the sky, usually coming down from tree to tree. If you come to a crossing light, and you notice a storm is coming, you'll see a row of birds on an electric line. They are distancing themselves for an easy wing take-off. When the weather is hot, you'll find a bird cooling off wherever there is a water source. But don't be fooled, even when it is the coldest weather, they need water too. A bird has cognitive abilities to build a nest using their beaks as tools to pick up thin sticks, dried grass, and animal fur too, to line their nests. As we know, birds of a feather flock together. When there is seasonal change, they fly in V-formation following the leader. What are the learning lessons?

1) Make a routine and get up at the same time
2) Eat moderately
3) Give others their own space
4) Stay hydrated
5) Use cognitive skills wisely
6) Build a home for your family
7) Be social
8) Respect the leader who successfully leads

The bird in the photograph was taken when I went with a group of local people to do some bird watching in nature. For me, it is easier to spot a bird in the sky than a tree. This was a lucky day!


When it comes to dogs, society has changed for the better. There was a time when dog catchers took stray dogs off the streets and took unwanted dogs to the pound to be killed. Today there are dog rescuers and pet shelter. Many dogs are saved regardless of age or health conditions thanks to pet adoptions, vaccines, and animal shots.

Because of war veterans and violence, PTS (Post Traumatic Stress) is now recognized and many rescue dogs are trained to provide support. They do things to assist their owners in tasks that otherwise would be impossible or dangerous. We no longer say a person lives with a dog but rather the dog accompanies pet owners. For many dogs, a doghouse is an owner's investment in property. The benefits of both are greater than one might imagine. 

A dog has an automatic alert instinct. They know when there is danger. There is enough testimony to prove dogs rescued people from fire, stranger-dangers, being lost in the woods, or to keep intruders away. A dog can sense good from evil, animal lovers or abusers. There are Police Dogs and other working dogs that have a keen sense of sniff and bark to keep communities safter.

Thanks to animal protect laws, there are healthier dogs and people. Today there are less worries about disease, fear of rabies, and safer products on the market. People who own dogs are always testing food products. Veterinarians are better trained, and some are better than others. Bad products are reported and people are aware of harmful ingredients. When it comes to dogs, Landlords must now comply with the law. Lessons learned?

When I visited my son last year, and the rest of the family was working or going to school, I stayed at their home reading a lot of books. My granddog adapted quickly to my life style and never chewed up a book or anything else. Dogs make great first impressions and companions, even to Grandma from out of state!

1)   Today, more dogs are rescued and saved 
2)   Good health and nutrition saves lives (human and animals)
3)   Did you know it is a fact that many dogs detected cancer in their owners?
4)   Did you know if a dog licks him or herself there is a problem?
5)   Did you know if an owner has a serious fall, they will be there for you?
6)   Companionship between humans and dogs are a healthy choice
7)   Dogs can be trained and drawn by instinct to protect and to serve
8)   Dogs can be trained to obey commands
9)   Sometimes a dog knows a human better than they know themselves
10) Dogs have a keen instinct and smell to know who is good and who is bad
11)  Dogs and people who coexist are often happier and safter too 
12) Dogs do not cry but know when people are emotional
13) Dogs respond regardless of language or type of communication
14) Dogs respond favorably to love and attention
15) Dogs respond unfavorably to aggression and cruelty
16) A natural bond forms when there is mutual trust, respect, & understanding
17) Dogs reduces loneliness
18) A dog lets you know when they need food, water, or a walk
19) A dog doesn't care if you need a bath or if you look good
20) A dog accepts you for who you are
21)  A dog will stay if you are good; if not they will run away
22) A dog nudges you when you sat too long behind the computer
23) A dog understand humans at the simplest levels and is loyal
24) A dog knows when a woman is an an abusive relationship
25) A dog provides companionship and lots of TLC
26) A dog makes you walk around and move out of your chair
27) The best exercise is when you do it with a dog who is not judgmental


Cats have an intelligence many un-cat people don't understand. Those that do understand are better owners. Cats are independent thinkers. You never know what is on a cat's mind. They are not needy, but they need human intervention when instinctively they know it. If they want to be touched, they will touch you first. When they are done being petted, they are done. Bribery does not work. They let you know when they want to be left alone. Stimulation helps cats to view the world from a distinct perspective. Cats need stimulation and a view, or they get bored easily. A human cannot force a cat to be petted, or to play with a cat toy, or to eat fancy food the owner thinks they will enjoy. Cats are finicky eaters.  What they like today, they many not touch later or ever again. Unlike humans, they don't have a favorite food. To a cat, restaurants, brands, and cost does not matter.  If they want to be entertained, they will hang around and play longer. Cat eyes, no matter the color, breed, domestic, or stray, their eyes are spellbinding. Lessons learned:

Meet Lucy when you visit The Rockvale Writer's Colony. She loves people. Is very entertaining. She does not come indoors. She will keep you company if you let her. She takes great photographs! Lucy was the first creature that greeted me every day in Tennessee. 

1)     Between a cat and a human there is no such thing as a copy cat
2)    A cat's brain is unique and not all cats are alike
3)    People seem to need cats more than cats need people continuously
4)    Cats meow - Dogs bark - People make all kinds of raucous
5)    A cat benefits by stimulation and chooses to their liking
6)    Cats are independent thinkers
7)    When it comes to food, cats can survive without humans
8)    If you try to outstare a cat, you will lose.
9)    Cats are like magic, you never know what you're going to get
10)  Cats can lower a person's stress
11)   Cats are low maintenance
12)   Cats keep mice away
13)  Cats catch insects when they come indoors
14)  Cats are quieter than humans
15)  Cats reduces loneliness
16)  Cats can live with or without humans
17)  Cats don't mind if you use a computer but will walk in front of your screen 
18)  Cats understand when they need food, water, or to be let out
19)  Cats cuddle when owners are sick or injured
20) Cats know when you or they need some extra loving
21)  Cats don't care if you're wealthy or not
22) Cat's don't care what you look like or what your size is
23) If you feed them, care about them, and love them, they will come
24) Cats are not judgmental


Pets make life more interesting for Real Estate Agents. Every REALTOR® homeowner, and pet are different. Dogs may be friendly when owners are home. They are rarely, if ever friendly when a REALTOR® shows property. When an owner says, make sure the cat doesn't run out the door, the cat will probably run out the door. When owners say, don't pet the animals, invariably someone will try to pet the animal. Renting a property can be very challenging to people with pets and those that own makes the house rules. 

I met a lady at a class last week and we started talking about the Marriott Hotel in Flower Mound. She said it was the worst hotel and she would never stay there again. I asked her why? She said because when her pipes froze and had no heat, they tried to book a hotel, but the Management does not allow dogs and they had to board their dog. The woman was furious and would never stay there again.

I told the lady, I understand how mad she must have felt; however, I don't think it is a new rule, explaining to her that a long time ago, in a different state, I tried to book a hotel with my son and dog because we had a house fire. No hotel back in the 1990's would allow a dog because of liability to other guests. Did you think about that, I asked the lady? She did not answer. 

Animals and people were born with a brain. Understanding how the brain works and how people think is always interesting. The brain is complex. People are too. Sometimes I think dogs and cats understand people better than people understand themselves. I would love to know what you think! As for me, I'm still learning!

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Comments (11)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What a wonderful post, Patricia. As you know, I'm all about cats and dogs (especially my own cats and dogs). But I love them all. 

Jan 27, 2023 09:05 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Nina Hollander, Broker - thank you! There is something very special about domestic pets and wildlife too. I am fascinated! I love to learn and take pictures too!

I do know how much love you give your pets. You are a great dog and cat mom!

Jan 27, 2023 09:18 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

We have had numerous Dogs through out our entire lives ! We are foster parents to our first two cats ( left behind by our Daughter when she moved -lol) 

Jan 27, 2023 09:23 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Michael J. Perry - Life is wonderful when dogs and cats become part of the household. I understand you completely. You're a great family man.

We had a Cocker Spaniel. My daughter took responsibility for him but when she went away to the University in another state after graduating High School, that dog was mine and my son's complete responsibility and we loved him, nonetheless. He was family!!!

Jan 27, 2023 09:31 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

As you know Patricia in having followed me a while.  Since my Halley left I have had a huge piece of my heart missing.  Just now, 2 years later getting better.  She taught me so much and gave endlessly.  Pain in the ass as  This pic is one of my favorites of her because it was also a favorite time for me.  Early mornings when I was getting ready.  She would follow me out, no matter the time, and sit quietly pretending not to be all that interested but knowing my every move.  Darn if not a bit misty eyed.  Mark

Jan 27, 2023 09:26 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho - May you be consoled knowing, you are not crying alone. Your comment went straight to my heart! I think Halley would approve if you got one of her breeds or another dog. As they say, man was not meant to live alone. 
She looks so beautiful and almost human in that photograph. She knew your every move and waited patiently for you to return. The first dog I had after moving out of my parents home was an Old English Sheepdog. He was amazing and more lovable than my spouse, if you can imagine. When the dog passed away, I was terribly sad for years. One day while cleaning up the backyard I noticed with a pair of binnoculars a bird's nest in my tree. The nest had pieces of my dogs fur. I was so happy to know that life goes on, and for that bird to recycle my dog's hair to lay her eggs and create new life restored my happiness. I really that at my time in life. 

I did not know Halley passed on. I'm sorry for your loss. 

Jan 27, 2023 09:43 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

When we got married we wanted Jackie our dog in the ceremony, however the hotel had a no dogs policy. But, the banqueting manager winked and said it is an emotional support dog right, and we cannot ask. So Jackie was at the wedding, stayed in our room for three days and everyone in the lobby loved her when we took her out for walks.

Annie and jackie

Jan 27, 2023 12:58 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Hi Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - Jackie is a beautiful dog and your wife is a beautiful woman! You hit the jackpot! Jackie looks so cute all dressed up for the wedding with the flower wreath around her neck. Clearly, your wife is attached to her and obviouslyshe  makes a very good wife. I wish the three of you all the happiness you deserve. 

The Banquet Manager clearly wanted Jackie there too. I'll be the wedding was absolutely beautiful, fun, and great in every way! Best wishe for a happily ever after. 

Jan 27, 2023 03:30 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

this is the sweetest, and I know will be much appreciated by all the animal lovers here on AR (which there are many .) I love all the precious photos too

Jan 27, 2023 01:05 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Lise Howe - Awe, thank you, so much!!! I hope others would comment and agree with you. Thanks for letting me know and for your friendship here on ActiveRain!

Jan 27, 2023 03:25 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia that is one big puppy in the picture with your daughter!!!  ☺️

Jan 27, 2023 02:21 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

George Souto - Come to think of it, you're right! The dog's size is huge compared to the size of my daughter. But she is happy and it looks like puppy was too!

Jan 27, 2023 03:24 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

George Souto - come to think of it, that dog's head is larger than my daughter's head! 

Jan 27, 2023 05:58 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Patricia:

What a clever and thoughtful post with some good lessons from the animal world. I had to laugh about what you said about cats - so true. No doubt your post will bring a smile to any pet lover who reads it!


Jan 27, 2023 04:18 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Jeff Dowler, CRS - thank you! I was hoping this was a fun post for everyone. I put a lot of thought into it and I'm glad many replied and enjoyed it too. 

Jan 27, 2023 05:57 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have never been much of a pet guy myself but don't mind seeing how wonderful the pets of others are.

Jan 28, 2023 04:08 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I love this post, and also the photos!

One thing to add to the dog section:

Supposedly, dogs have been known to detect illness such as cancer in their humans.

I find that so interesting.

The other thought of this morning is perhaps dogs and cats understand people better because everything is at its simplest levels. A pet will let you know when they need food, water, a walk, or some loving. What else is there? Maybe if we simplified things as humans we'd get along better. :-)

Jan 28, 2023 06:16 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Kat Palmiotti - thank you! I took up your suggestions and added a few more to the dogs and cat list! As I was adding more positives, I realized sometimes people think they can't afford a pet but then they spend a lot of money on alcohol, drugs, eating more than they need, and risk getting depressed or heart attack. 

Jan 28, 2023 07:14 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Patricia loved your post and we have now one dog and two cats, needless to say there were times we had more.... the bottom line is they are family and we prefer them over people:))Endre

Jan 30, 2023 10:35 PM