Greetings, Pet Owners and Lovers:
While I have no pets of my own, I do care for dogs and cats and have cared for bunnies and guinea pigs in the past. I'm working on an essay with an 11-year-old student, and the subject is symbiotic relationships and how humans learn from their close interaction with animals.
Here is a portion of the reference material under study:
"Pets teach us more about love than any person or thing. We understand
the true nature of unconditional love without expectations. The true
nature of forgiveness is forgetting and letting go of grudges. We
learn uninhibited, unreserved affection by giving our full attention.
Understanding love is a feeling and doesn’t require words. Love is
felt in the heart by making eye connection, being in someone’s
presence and through physical touch."
Your thoughts and personal experiences are welcome.