Dear Paws to Talk,

Last week, my humans went on a rampage through our house. They replaced all of my broken in toys with new ones. The madness didn’t stop there. As I went to turn in for the night, my comfy bed was gone. In its place was a pristine one with no muddy paw prints or  contoured nook like there was on my old one. I am still in shock.

I am upset that my possessions are gone because they had sentimental value to me. Last year, my humans gave me all of those things when they rescued me from a local shelter. I was attached to those things. Do humans care about sentiment? Is it always better to have new things?

-Buddy the Mixed Breed Dog

Howl Buddy,

Did your humans win the lottery and decide to spend their money on new canine supplies? If you see a large check as big as the front door on your house that might be a clue.

I believe in cherishing certain old things. For instance, I have a squeaky green sneaker that has been around for many years. I make sure to hold onto it at least once a day so the humans know it is special. That toy was passed down to me from my older brother Marty who is now in heaven. No other toy will ever be like that sneaker.

However, toys and beds can become messy. Your humans were probably just trying to upgrade your toy collection and sleeping accommodations. Humans like cleanliness.

You have every right to be sad about the loss of your sentimental items. However, what is most important is that you have humans who love you and want you to have a good life. For some reason, in their minds, that includes new gear.

It will be an adjustment but let yourself enjoy your new toys and bed. If you become attached to one particular thing then hold it close. Sentimental items are the most valuable ones.











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