Moose River Farm Blog

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Animal Affection

       Good Evening,
    Celebrating Valentines Day this week got me thinking about how my animals demonstrate affection.  Arguments have ensued for centuries about whether or not animals are capable of love; either giving or receiving it.  One has only to live with a dog or cat to believe that indeed they do. 
     When our Dachshund, Huxley, wraps his entire wiggly body around my neck in the morning, he is clearly gesturing that he wants to be as close to me as possible.  No other reason exists for this behavior.  When our West Highland terrier, Nina is distressed by thunder, lightening and the power clicking on and off, she leaps into my lap.  There she seeks comfort from my reassuring words and arms that hold her until the scary noises stop.  Our first pig, Noah hoisted himself up on the sofa to sit in my lap even after his weight exceeded mine. Quietly, he snuggled against me for an hour or so until bedtime.  
       These are just a few examples of affection displayed by the animals in my book.  The behaviors compliment the love that humans are capable of giving.  It is not important to contemplate the scientific origins of these behaviors.  The euphoria that exists in the moment of our mutual affection is proof enough to believe it.  And I do!

 Happy Valentines Day with kisses....

...from Fiona...
(Photo by Michele deCamp)

...Lilly...

...and Frankie!


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