“One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”
My feelings about animals and their welfare were molded at an early age. It never occurred to me there was any other way.
I was drawn to the dogs, cats, even horses that no one else wanted. The pick of the litter was shunned for the runt, and it was the mutts who moved me the most. So many schools of thought exist on the real nature of our animal counterparts. Yet no one could possibly address all of the dimensions of our individual relationships with the animal kingdom.
Kind of like our relationships with each other. They are that deep, that personal, that primal.
For me, it has always been about helping the ones who need it the most. My mother said “we can’t save them all”. I know that. But each one we do save represents hope. A hope for a better life for all of them. To proclaim they act on instinct alone is folly. The lives of animals bear an indisputable likeness to man. They think, reflect, and plan. And they are loyal and faithful companions capable of deeds so noble as to give us pause.
We have domesticated them. They are our responsibility. And it is just as important how an animal dies as how it lives.. they shouldn’t be alone, or afraid or hurting. It is just not right.
To my mind, the scales will never be balanced. I have received far more than I could possibly have given.. each animal has added another layer of enlightenment and enriched my life for I have learned who I am and what I stand for through them. And I am always humbled.