I am reminded every day how different and yet how similar the world of animals is to ours. This morning our two orange boy cats Oscar and Felix were in their usual spot on the kitchen counter as I prepared their breakfast. This is their routine and they’re sticking to it. Felix rubs, chirps, purrs, talks and walks back and forth with progressive excitement the closer I get to being finished. Oscar sits quietly on the near-by cat tree glad to let his brother create all the fuss…I haven’t missed a morning feed yet and he knows it. He waits patiently.
When we first brought these two darlings home from Helen Woodward Animal Center our gentle lab Sophie (who has since passed) said with urgency “These are my babies. I will take care of them.” And that she did with a tremendous heart and dedication. They never knew anything but pure doggy-love from the moment they arrived. Her sweet nanny behavior allowed them to grow up to be the characters they are today. How very similar to a human family they were…their bond was a prime example of the profound emotional similarities between the animal world and the human world….it seems we all express love in the same way whether we are two-footed or four.
Their relationship with Killie, our senior cat was also characteristic of human sibling dynamics. Fight/ play, love/ hate, share/compete. In a rare moment of napping bliss a few months before Killie passed away, I caught them all sleeping in a comforting mound of orange and brown tabby fur.
Animal communication is so much about just finding the similarities between us and them.