Animals offer companionship, love and fun. They teach us the gift of kindness and acceptance. They can connect us to the world, slow down time and sharpen our senses in a kind of informal meditation. They can be good listeners, offering reassurance and devotion that steadies our self-esteem. They ask us for routine and consistency, to show a kind of resilience that is good for us.
“Your dog’s utter faith in your humanity will make you feel like more and more of a human, every day”
– Caroline O’Donoghue, author of ‘Promising Young Women’, shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards writing about the joy of unconditional from her Jack-Russell terrier, Sylvie.
“I feel as if I’ve been permitted a glimpse into the wonder at the very heart of life, led there by my dog”
– Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, author of Things My Dog Has Taught Me: About being a better human.