Critter Corner: What We Can Learn from Critter Corner Pets in 2020

Dear Magic,

I have really enjoyed reading Critter Corner over the years. The pets at the Farr Law Firm sure are knowledgeable about things related to aging, elder law, estate planning, and special needs planning. I was wondering if you and some of the other pets would impart your wisdom about life lessons, especially as it is the start of the new year. Thank you for all of your sage advice!

Les Sonns-Frommpetz

Dear Les,

Thank you for your kind words. Many don’t realize this, but there is a lot you can learn from your pet. As such, each of the pets at the Farr Law Firm would like to share our favorite life lesson. As the spokesbunny, I will share first!

If you want to see our pictures and learn more about us, read our bios here:

Magic: “Live in the Moment”

Pets, such as bunnies, live each moment to their fullest. They don’t think about yesterday or about tomorrow. They listen to their main needs in the moment. Whether it is to cuddle, sleep, or eat, they enjoy what’s happening in the moment and they make it count.

Angel: “Forgive others”

If you refused to give your pet a treat because he or she begged you too much, would he or she be mad at you the next day? Probably not. Your pet is already back to happy only a few moments after you made him or her a little unhappy. What about you? Do you hold hard feelings for a long time after someone hurt you? You have two options. Hold grudges or forgive. Choose to be happy and forgive! Life is beautiful.

Bebe: “Take care of yourself”

The independent nature of cats extends to all aspects of their personality, and it’s fair to say that they hold their own well-being in the highest regard. They understand that taking care of themselves comes first. People, especially caregivers, should make themselves a priority. You can’t care for others if you don’t care for yourself!

Rune: “Show enthusiasm”

When well treated, a dog is enthusiastic and gets excited really easily. They really enjoy the small things: going out for a walk, playing ball, and eating. This reminds you to leave your negative thoughts behind, think more positively, and enjoy the little things in life.

Hayek: “Be loyal”

Dogs truly are man’s best friend. Even when you think you have lost everything, your dog will always be there by your side with a friendship that never dies. What does that teach you? Loyalty is essential to build a strong friendship. It is an important trait that needs to be developed, but also very important to look for when choosing a friend. You want to be able to have friends that you can trust and that can trust you for the long-term in return.

Oakley: “Life is short. Play!”

Life is short. Have fun! Your dog doesn’t care whether he’s a puppy or a senior. As long as he or she can still play, he or she is happy. Similar to your dog, your body needs to exercise and keep moving throughout your life. Playing can include doing an activity such as biking, running, hiking, or walking. It can also include playing with your children or grandchildren, traveling, trying new things, and taking chances. Not only is “play” good for the body but playing is good for the mind and soul. It is part of what will help you remain young at heart throughout your life.

Ernie and Jannette: “Love Unconditionally”

True unconditional love is when someone loves you no matter how you look, how old you are, whether you’re having a good or bad day, and no matter how rough life gets. This is exactly how your pet loves you. Do you love the people close to you with such warmth and kindness?

On behalf of the Critter Corner staff at the Farr Law Firm, we’d like to wish you a very Happy New Year. May 2020 bring you much joy, success, and love! Spend lots of quality time with your pets this year and be sure to come and see us!


Magic (and the other Critter Corner pets!)

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About Renee Eder

Renee Eder is the Director of Public Relations for the Farr Law Firm, and gives the voice to the Critters of Critter Corner. Renee’s poodle, Penny, is an official comfort dog who she and her children bring to visit with seniors who are in the early stages of dementia at a local senior home once a month.