Modern science is just beginning to scratch the surface of that master of biological mystery, DNA. One thing they do know for a certainty is that the hereditary code that exists in every living cell is as ancient as life on earth. (Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe it’s much older than that. ::smile::) All of our modern domestic animals have within them the genetic programming of their most ancient ancestors.
If there is one thing I have found myself recommending over and over again throughout the last fifteen years, to both cat and dog owners, it is play.
Do animals have feelings? Do they experience joy, love, grief, fear?
Those of us who have shared our lives with animals, if our eyes are open and our hearts honest, will say, “Yes”.
What can you do to help your wild neighbors get through these last few weeks of winter? I’m sure many of you already have been doing much of this all winter long, but right now, after having suffered for so long, it’s important to continue to provide. I know that getting out to change water and fill bird feeders when the temps drop below zero can be a pain (in more ways than one), but the birds (and their occasional dinner guests) will truly appreciate it.
One of the great joys we receive when we adopt a pet is the incredible privilege of learning all about another species. By educating ourselves as to their needs and behavior, we learn to see the world, just a little bit, though eyes that are not restricted to a human point of view. It is both our job, and our blessing, to learn as much as we can about the animals who share our world.