Have you ever noticed that all animals can bring on friendships and make even the most introverted people more open? All animals, pretty much regardless of species, can bring that out in a human.
This is one of my favorite qualities of animals. All animals enable you to open up yourself to others and to open up yourself to animals in a way that many people just CAN’T with other people. They simply make things better. I mean, dogs are used as service animals to comfort as one of their tasks. They use dogs because other people simply can’t bring that out in another human…but dogs can!
This is how they break barriers. Even the shiest kid, or adult can open up and become more socialized when there are animals around. I used the picture of me competing years ago on Cocoa, the Wonder Pony. I was waiting for my turn to start and hanging out in the shade and the young girls just couldn’t resist. Soon enough, Cocoa and I had ourselves some new friends! When humans see something cute and furry, their world suddenly opens up, which allows for people to do the same.
What is it about animals that does this for us? Is it because they are furry and comfy looking? Perhaps it is that they DON’T speak, making us feel at ease about not having to start a conversation. Maybe it is the way they look at us, really LOOK AT US in a comfortable, “I see you” kind of way, making us feel like everything is going to be ok. I mean, just petting cats and dogs is supposed to lower blood pressure because they DO calm people and reassure. How cool is that?
Modern medicine should be writing prescriptions for “animal petting as medications” to cure our problems instead of taking all these freaky, major side-effect medications that the world seems to be addicted to anymore!! Think about it, even though animals are addictive, it’s a “good” addiction that won’t cause you to sell everything you own and live on the streets, trying to score a “petting fix”! LOL I don’t know what it is about all animals that gives us even better feelings than any drug, but I certainly am such a better person with such an unbelievably enriched life because of what all animals give me that I can’t think them enough.
If you have an animal, any animal, or know someone who does, be sure to thank the animal today for how they have opened us up to so many more people, friends and great moments than we ever could have on our own. Something about that fur (or feathers, or scales…) that folks simply can’t resist. I think animals should be considered to be, “People Ambassadors” because they have done so much good for society.