Animals Are People, Too

When we teach our children to love animals, we are teaching them to appreciate, respect Β and have empathy for other God-given forms of life.

Empathy is key.

It’s harder to hurt, maim, or kill when you have learned to develop feelings for all forms of Life.

And just see how adorable this lesson can be!

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24 thoughts on “Animals Are People, Too

  1. Awwww – adorable πŸ™‚ It s right to teach kids from day one on to have respect for all kind of living creatures & how to treat them right. But we also should never forget that they are animals – no plush teddies πŸ˜‰

    • Hey πŸ™‚ It s good to teach your kids how to treat the dog right, but you should never feed the dog first. The boss of a pack always eats first, the others have to wait til he or she tells them to eat. Otherwise the dog could think he s the boss of you & your family πŸ˜‰

      • Re: Frauke
        I’m such a pushover with my dogs, that I always feed them first because I feel like it’s not fair to eat in front of hungry animals. But I do have to remember that there are rules in pack behavior, which they are born to in nature. Thanx for the reminder! πŸ™‚

        • Believe me, it s so hard for me not to feed a dog first or not to talk to him all day πŸ˜‰ But packs have rules & everybody should respect that πŸ˜€

      • You’re so right!
        So many animals found temporary or permanent refuge at my place during the last few years, that I had to be especially careful regarding pack rules and rituals, or it would have been an absolute nightmare! (Not that it was easy, anyway…)
        And I’ve learned so much about their behavior and habits and needs! They’re a source of continuous amazement. πŸ™‚

            • Yessss! For example, Shaman knows I am the “leading mare”, so he respects that I go first & he should stop one step behind me, so that his nose stops at my shoulder. Also I can take away his food as I wish, even out of his mouth. If he doesn’t respect someone, he tries to bite πŸ˜‰

              The more we respect the rules, the more comfortable & safe the animals feels with us πŸ™‚

              Of course sometimes I m not that strict with everything, but I know him very well & trust him, like he trusts me. Example: Never try to gallop back home on a horse that have never learned respect. It will get out of control soon. I can let him race a galopp back home & he stops if I lift my toes a bit in my shoes & say “Whoa” πŸ™‚

              All animals need: Space to run/ play/ exercise, discipline & attention, yes, in that order πŸ˜‰ Often they only get love & attention πŸ˜‰

              Hugs, take care.

  2. “Dog is man’s best friend — then again, this is the dog’s problem.”
    (One more “wisdom” from your Greek wise@** friend)

    Don’t know which picture I love best — perhaps the one where the dog and the little girl take each other for a walk!

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