I was very surprised when to see all the comments that I received on Facebook when I spoke about our cat that we sadly had to put down. Clearly there are many of you out there who feel the same way about animals.
I just knew there was something wrong with him already a few weeks before that. I would just be sitting and he would come to me for reassurance or comforting. I realised he was not feeling well and that he was trying to tell us something.
I believe every living creature in this world is receptive in some form or another. Especially animals that have been cared for by humans. We cannot hide what we feel from an animal, they have a sensitive radar. They know, they can feel us. Animals play a very important part in our lives. The love they give us is absolutely amazing almost indescribable.
I had two border collies many years ago. They were not allowed to be sitting on the sofa, but if I was not feeling well, they would ignore that and jump up onto the sofa to sit next to me and rest their heads on either shoulder to comfort me.
When I was 14 or 15 years old I had a budgie. I felt he could not stay in his cage all the time, but that he could go back to his cage for rest or privacy. He was one of the family. He was so funny and would entertain us. As a child I also kept chickens and they became my friends. They are very curious creatures. It gave me so much having them to take care of.
One thing that stays in my mind was the time I accidentally killed a small bird as a child. After that it has been a thing taking care of or rescuing birds. That act opened my mind even more.
I remember a horse who had lost a foal when giving birth to it. I talked to that horse, without realising it. She put her head on my shoulder and did not want to move. She just wanted me to keep on touching her head. She seemed to recognise something within me that gave her comfort.
Another time I went to a place called Kew gardens in London, a peaceful place with plants and species from all over the world. Suddenly, as I put my hand out a bird landed on it at the same time a squirrel ran up to me and sat by my feet. It was magical. It certainly is an overwhelming feeling when animals come close to you like that and invite you into their world.
Animals have so much to offer the world and us humans, but they have rights too and they need to be treated with respect. That is my belief and I think most of you feel the same way.