On a very hot summer’s day, companion animals....
Lie on the cool kitchen floor, directly in front of a fan
Sit in the pool in the shade of an umbrella
Take a looong cooool drink of water
Make like an ostrich and shut out the world
Find a soft bed of straw amidst lots of green foliage
Play in the dirt with their brothers while mom sleeps nearby
Show curiousity about cool things
Make themselves a grass skirt
Walk among the daisies
Treat themselves to a mud bath and then have a snack
Chill out with their friends
Sit in cool water and chomp on a straw
Find the coolest, dampest, yummiest section of pasture and lie down for a belly rub
Have an afternoon nap in a favourite chair.....
Or a favourite bed:
Sit under a tree
Lose themselves in work they enjoy
Or take a leisurely, solitary stroll
But people? People, on the other hand....
Wrestle with heavy, rusty metal farm stuff, grind it apart to cram it all into the car, and haul it off to the recycling bins at the hot, smelly dump;
Haul uncooperative hoses around in the hot, dry pig yard filling water bowls and pools and creating mud holes for piggies;
Weed whack the never-ending, always-growing green stuff growing where it’s not supposed to grow;
Stand in a scorching hot pasture trying to capture pictures of piggies;
Run around the neighbourhood searching for a neighbour’s llama which broke loose last night when confronted with a bear;
Hang up laundry and take it down, in the heat of the day, in the middle of the back yard;
Re-sand a picnic table they stained yesterday because they didn't like how it turned out;
Nearly give themselves heat stroke because they hate wearing hats, didn’t stay in the shade, and forgot to drink lots of water.
Next life, I'm coming back as a companion animal.