“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” –Anatole France
I use this quote in my email signature. It is so true. I’ve seen people completely transformed from experiencing the love of an animal. I’ve seen people who were hard and cold suddenly become soft and loving after having a dog for a while.
There is something about sharing heart with an animal that changes a person. Look at the success of programs that utilize the caring for dogs by prisoners. And the enormous triumphs with autistic and special needs children after they’ve spent time with therapy horses. More and more hospitals around the nation are instituting animal therapy for their patients, using dogs and cats. That has to tell you something.
There is an awakening of the heart and soul that is unmatched in these programs, dramatically moreso than in any other arena. The takeaway: loving an animal is good for you!
I’ve always said that I like dogs more than I like people and that’s essentially the truth. Dogs make wonderful friends–they don’t lie or deceive, they don’t judge, and they don’t hate. They love unconditionally. That is something you cannot get from another human being, I don’t care how much someone protests that they can love another person unconditionally. Not possible! There are always conditions between people. Period. But not so with dogs (and other animals). Their love is pure and absolute.
So if you haven’t experienced it already, do yourself a favor and love an animal. Your world will be better for it.
Have you witnessed someone change for the better after bringing a pet into their life? Do you believe that one’s life can be improved just by introducing an animal into it? Have you experienced the special love shared between people and their companion animals? If you haven’t yet experienced this, what’s stopping you?