I recently overheard a phrase that stopped me in my tracks and it got me thinking about the special bond that some humans have with their animals.
Whether it's a dog, cat or horse, many humans choose to share their lives and interact with four legged animals. There is no real mystery to this - non-human animals are sentient beings, and I suspect are capable of a range of emotions we are only beginning to understand.
I see evidence of this bond when I'm out at a stable shooting an interview. When I'm setting up the equipment, I'll catch someone in an unguarded moment, talking to their horse and kissing its muzzle. There's a bond there and it's wonderful to see. And there are two types of people. Those who get this, and those who will probably not experience this.
Back to my elusive point, which is the phrase that stopped me in my tracks. I overheard someone pose the question "Is your horse worth it?" They were referencing how much money they were considering spending on a medical treatment for their horse. Yes, of course, it is worth it. If your horse is in pain or uncomfortable, you have a responsibility to take care of them.
A day away from Thanksgiving, I'd suggest giving thanks for having the furry quadrapeds in your life. Yes, they can be a pain in the ass and ornery, but how often do they leave you smiling? I know when I come home and my two bulldogs come out to great me, unfailingly I smile. My wife and I do everything possible to keep them healthy and we're thankful that they're in our lives. I have friends who have horses that are troublemakers and mischievous, but truly wonderful companions. They smile too when they see their 1,200lb furkid. Enjoy them while they're here and have a very
I just had to include the gratuitous bulldog photo below - see, you'd smile to if these two rescued goombah's greeted you everyday!