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In praise of pets and the people who love them

This year’s Pet Parade will be held on Saturday, May 17, starting at 2 p.m.

The town tradition, which goes back 78 years, will include dogs, cats, birds, horses, rabbits, chickens and other pets.

Whether the pet is big or small, hairy or hairless, kept in a stall or walked with a leash, whenever a pet parade is held owners are more than proud to show off their pets.

And indeed, residents should be proud of their pets.

When you let an animal into your home, whether it is adopted or through a pet store, they all bring joy and love into your home.

Some people think of them as their children, buying them toys, food and making sure they are healthy, sometimes spending thousands of dollars in veterinarian bills.

When you adopt a dog or a cat, you are doing a good deed because you are saving a life and bringing a member into your family.

This is why animal rescue organizations like the Little Guild of Saint Francis in West Cornwall should be supported for their mission of rescuing dogs and cats.

As for the Pet Parade, in this time of great political distress in the community, the parade should be seen as a comfort, when residents can take a few moments to celebrate their four-legged friends.

The parade should also serve as a reminder that, while town residents may bicker and battle (yes, like cats and dogs), there is still a lot of good in the world.

Some of that good in the world is in our pets and, no matter what anyone’s political party may be, this parade, and our pets, should be a reason to unite residents in the community.

Pets do not last forever. They are only with us for a brief time. Take care of them. Celebrate them. Love them, and they will love you back.

For more information about the Pet Parade go to the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wrpetparade.

For more information about The Little Guild of Saint Francis go to www.littleguild.org.