Fur The Love
“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”
― James Herriot , All Creatures Great and Small
Animals live faithfully beside us in cohabitation through our swirling, busy, and often chaotic lives.
During this prolonged change in our daily routines, our animals are now receiving their fill of our much-deserved attention. It is a time to honor and be grateful for our furry companions, who stay loyally by our sides no matter what is happening in our lives. They also offer us a few additional blessings; as we have an excuse to head out for dog walks to take in the fresh air and wave to other humans. They are there for extra cuddles when we feel a bit cut off from others.
There are so many sayings about the grace and loyalty of pets, but it is worth noting that in this time as we re-connect and ground deeply into our relationships with our furry family, we can observe ourselves through their eyes. We can try to be better humans; a bit closer to the way they see us with their constant beam of unconditional love.
I asked a few friends for a sentence to describe how they feel about their fur family companions during this time:
Hazel: “Hazel brings us comfort and gentle reminders of love and self-care; like taking extra-long walks in the sunshine. This time together is what matters most!” – Sarah H
Happy "Hap" (Haflinger) Max & Henry (Mini Donkeys): "It's good for us to be able to work and care for the animals while we also enjoy the outdoors." - John D & Dana Lynn P
Buick (Boxer Dog) & Boris (Cat): “We love our animals because they are part of our everyday lives. We watch them grow, with their own personalities. They are family, but they don’t speak too much. Only sometimes.” – Charlie P
“Animals are our friends. They listen and are always there for us. They keep us busy and, on our feet, so we aren’t just sitting around!” – Hannah
Harry Potter: “I just lost him a few months ago, but if he was here, he’d be playing in his pool and bringing me a toy to make me laugh. This time would be a blessing because any time with him was always joyful and uplifting to my soul.” – Deb R
Rue "Birdie," & Malcolm (Felines) Kamala (Gold Partridge Dutch Bantam Chick & Sarah Human): "They are soft, warm and tender friends! Being able to continue to care for and nurture living things is something I really need!" - Sarah P
Zoe: “It's nearly impossible to express in a single sentence what Zoe means to us—she is our first born, that which represents unconditional love, the saddest eyes you ever want to come home to, a protector and embodiment of humanity.” – Len S
Griffin & Sabine: "In times like these, they are my lifeline - someone to talk to, keep me entertained, and provide endless comfort and companionship." - Sandra W
Dakota: “Dakota is such a dear friend. He is my first dog, and it took him some time to train me. He is such a blessing now when I’m home during this quarantine.” – Nancy H
Pirate: “He is my demanding loving guy, so he forces me to have a schedule" – Ana A
Lucy: “She rubs against my legs at precisely the time for a neck rub and howls a bit to remind me she’s still there when I stop! I’m so thankful to have her.” – Meggie M
(Harper Spaniel & Lucky Cat): "Our fur family keeps it real! They have no idea we are in lockdown, and still require walks, food and cuddles. This allows us to stay present and not focus on the severity of the situation." - Christina U
Toby B (Corgi age 6): “I’m exhausted. Mom gets up quite early,
and Dad goes to bed very late, so I’m not getting my sleeps!” – Toby B
THANK YOU ALL for sharing your fur family photos & stories. xo
Love is always close; Molly Jo