This is a post about friends. Our friends provide us with stable place from which
to explore the world. With friends you are always safe because whatever happens,
whatever you do, they will be there for you, unconditionally.
Friends can have any number of legs – my friends are mostly 2-legged and 4-legged
(and I can’t foresee having any with 8 legs!). Friendship is often underestimated
and abused, especially those between animals and people. We are lucky that animals
are so forgiving, what would you think of a friend if they often force you to do
things you didn’t want to, only engage with you on your terms, or often push you
to do things you find scary? At the least it would make you lose trust in them but
we expect animals to put up with this and still be loyal, obedient and there for
I think it would do us good to heed the wisdom in the saying:
“Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit (Aristotle)”.
We should nurture our friendships with animals, gain their trust slowly rather than
expect them to befriend us just because we look after them.
To quote Elbert Hubbard “In order to have friends, you must first be one.” – let’s
go and be a friend to the animals in our lives today.
By Suzanne Rogers (Learning About Animals) November 2008