Human-Animal Bonds

Watching Tears Form in My Friend’s Eyes

My friend is one of those women who manage to address life directly.  Trained as a research scientist, she is clear-headed, quick to analyze a problem, look at data, evaluate options, and carefully track the progress of possible solutions.  She has a brilliant mind and a memory that can embarrass the rest of us.  She bites into life, eager to experience all it can offer and moves on with grace when loss or pain might make others flinch.  In the [...]

An American Eskimo Puppy Melted Her Grieving Heart

Kathy was drowning in pain.  Her mother had just died and her husband had been diagnosed with cancer. Her dog of fifteen years was gone. All around her, her world was crumbling as she struggled to let go of one lifelong love and needed to face the challenging road ahead with another. Her husband was in the hospital the weekend that she spotted the ad  When she told her girlfriend, Amber, about the puppies, her wise friend insisted that Kathy [...]

August 1st, 2016|Categories: Attachment, Human-Animal Bonds, Loss|Tags: , , |

Mysteries of Communication in Long-Distance Loving

When David and I began our long-distance romance in March of 1996, neither of imagined that our future would knit us and our lives ever more closely together.  Like vines that learn to grow around each other, we have brought each other new people, pleasures, passions, and processes for dealing with conflict, and we have  grown closer as the years have passed. Perhaps the most astonishing thing that we have brought to each other, or a gift that has been [...]

May 30th, 2016|Categories: Human-Animal Bonds, Intimacy, Romantic Love|Tags: , |

The Roots of Empathy Lie in Temperament and Attachment

To the best of my knowledge, the mother of six week old twins took the video below, documenting empathy, without the help of Photoshop or any other video-altering aid. I cannot imagine it as being staged.  Six weeks old babies simply would not tolerate being tinkered with in such a manner, even to please the one who provides their care.  I found the video remarkable because, at an age in which learning is mostly about how to recognize caregivers, smile as [...]

A Service Dog Supports his Companion

Sasha the service dog snuggled into the arms of his temporary guardian, Richard. The ten year old bichon had come to the hospital with his companion, Jefferson, who was there for tests that could determine whether he was a candidate for a surgical procedure that could measurably improve his quality of life. My heart melted as I petted Sasha, scratched his ears, and looked into his big black eyes. Luke had died four years ago this month after seventeen and [...]

April 30th, 2016|Categories: Caregiving, Character, Human-Animal Bonds|Tags: , , |
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