Pets Feel Everything Humans Do

Elio Delgado Legon

HAVANA TIMES – Over the past few weeks, I have read some articles that advocate for the proper treatment of animals, and I would like to raise my voice with theirs, as I believe that pets do have feelings, which are sometimes even better that some humans’ own.

I know stories about dogs who have saved their owners’ lives, and others who have been loyal to their owners until their dying breath.

In Havana, we have a true story of the latter about a woman who had a very loyal dog, and when the woman passed away, the dog followed the funeral procession to the cemetery and sat there waiting, very sad, in spite of the efforts of the deceased woman’s relatives to take him home.

People say that he was brought food every day, but the dog refused to eat and was there until he himself died, never leaving his owner’s side.

Cats are also very affectionate and intelligent animals and I have my own experience of these which I would like to share with you.

Some time ago, a young cat came to my house, who used to hang about the backyard door while I ate my lunch, but she never came in. She would wait there until I finished eating lunch and I would take her a little bit of food, which she would eat and then she would take a nap in the shadow cast by the house.

At dinner time, the same thing would happen, and so on. Over time, she became quite trusting and would even come in to the dining room, but she wouldn’t ever come near the table while we were eating. She would patiently wait for me to finish and I would take her food out to the porch. I have left the table alone many times, with food on top to see what she would do, but she never tried to jump up onto the table. She would sit waiting for us to take her some food. She would spend the night somewhere else, outside a neighboring building.

She recently gave birth to two kittens, I don’t know where, but she brought them to my house and put them on my porch, sheltered and under a shelf where we keep some vegetables, where she felt protected from the stray cats who would bother her and could kill her kittens.

After two or three days there, where I used to put food out two or three times a day, a male cat came wanting to harm the kittens and she defended them with her claws, so ferociously mind you, that the male cat took off at once, but she didn’t feel safe after that and she soon moved them inside the house while they were sleeping.

She checked out two or three places and when she found one that seemed safe, she went out and carried her kittens to that corner in the kitchen, between the water pump and the wall, but it didn’t seem like a safe spot to me because when the water pump kicked in, it could hurt them.

I picked up the kittens and took them outside to another refuge, which she herself had used at different times, but she didn’t think it was safe for her children and as soon as I came back into the house, she picked them up and took them back to their original hiding spot, under the vegetable shelf on the covered porch and she has never tried to put them back inside the house, which speaks volumes to her intelligence, as this is a safer spot than the one I chose to put them in.

If only all human beings could act so sensitively and intelligently.

I had thought about writing about another species: the eagles that fly around the US president, but I thought I’d leave it for another time, as I thought it would be more interesting to write and defend pets, who are a lot more dignified than those who only think about harming entire nations, using lies and false arguments.

Elio Delgado Legon

Elio Delgado-Legon: I am a Cuban who has lived for 80 years, therefore I know full well how life was before the revolution, having experienced it directly and indirectly. As a result, it hurts me to read so many aspersions cast upon a government that fights tooth and nail to provide us a better life. If it hasn’t fully been able to do so, this is because of the many obstacles that have been put in its way.

4 thoughts on “Pets Feel Everything Humans Do

  • April 29, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    If only it was only the dissidents rather than the community at large that were mistreated! Back to Winston Churchill:
    “The inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.”
    Churchill was referring to democratic socialism, communism is a lot worse and two more words could be added to his wise ones: those words are: “and repression”.

  • April 28, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    It’s good to know he has sympathy for cats despite his lack of sympathy for dissidents mistreated by his wonderful revolution.

  • April 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    For once I have sympathy with Elio Delgado Legon. The ill-treatment of animals in Cuba is widespread, with innumerable feral cats like the one adopted by Elio, and dogs either roaming the streets seeking food, or tied up in backyards to oil-drums as the equivalent to a kennel, but frequently exposed to the rain. Misery is their lot, and most Cubans busy concentrating on finding ways to feed their families, have little regard for these poor curs which whimper when wet and shivering, and howl as part of a chorus at night along with the crowing cockerels and squealing pigs. Few tourists have ever seen those backyards that lie behind many Cuban homes and where the urban livestock particularly pigs, exist in squalor. Government concern at municipal, provincial and national level is zero, similar to lack of concern about garbage littering streets, parks and public spaces. Such is the reality, and it is good to see Elio recognizing the needs of such animals. Let us hope that he encourages the PCC and Poder Popular to address the disgrace of animal treatment in Cuba. Maybe some of the Propaganda Department hoardings, Granma and TV could run a joint campaign for improved animal treatment?

  • April 24, 2019 at 6:45 am

    Great story: informative, funny and moving!

    Jack E. Savage
    Oklahoma City

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