We love talking about how dogs give us unconditional love. While we don't ascribe such feelings to cats or other animals, it's there. Not in all animals, but in many.
Regardless of what pet you share your heart with, the honest truth is that dogs do give us love beyond measure and continue to love us even when we mistreat them.
And that's why I think unconditional love comes with conditions.
It's our job, our responsibility to take care of these creatures entrusted to our care. That they fawn all over us and wiggle their butts at us and go crazy when we return from the 3 minute walk to the mailbox, as if we've been gone all day... only shows WHY these conditions need to apply.
Our animals require food and water. That's condition one. Please provide the proper nutrition and a clean bowl of water, daily. IF your dog is outdoors a good bit during the summer, that water is a lifesaver.
Our animals require proper veterinary care. Yes, that means more than once a year. If you're lucky enough to have a pet that is healthy, and eating, and active, and as far as you can see, he is healthy...good for you! I congratulate you. However, some animals hide illness.