|Gidget, one of my Great Danes, and Callie. Typical sight of an evening.|
A funny thing about love and devotion is those qualities are not reserved to two legged creatures.
Observation, over the years, has taught me there is a strong bond of love and devotion
between animals. I know there is a pecking order among
animals (and between people, for that matter) and that's true whether they're
cats, dogs, horses, even chickens. There are animals that tend to draw together
in groups like horses and dogs. There is a lot of affection between pack
members of dogs and in herds of horses. Cats are a bit more solitary, but even
cats are affectionate toward one another, especially when large numbers live
together. If you watch they touch and groom one another. There is a greeting
ritual—certain sounds and body language. I suspect it’s a way peace is kept between them, renewing the bonds of
|Part of my pride of cats. Callie is in the right rear of the|
In almost every group, I've seen the buddy system. Certain personalities are drawn together and you see love and affection develop and when they lose that companion to death there is a true grieving period over the loss. Certain pairings who draw close to one another and spend time with one another. Where you see one you see the other. It's not exclusive to same species.
Something to keep in mind when you write about animals or if you write paranormal and you write about animal shifters it’s important to maintain some reality in the animal side of them and their interactions and reactions.
|Callie, as a kitten, about to groom Gidget's face.|
|Callie still grooms Gidget. January 2014|
|Callie as a three month old kitten.|
|Gidget, as a 2 month old pup. She's watching|
a bird fluttering around the bird feeder.
Isn't love something to behold?