“So much of language is unspoken. So much of language is comprised of looks and gestures and sounds that are not words.” ~Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain

I came upon Megan and her Danny Boy one recent sunny afternoon, and all I could do was smile. The deeply affecting bond these two share clearly trumped all other distractions in the park that day and reminded me yet again of why we love our four-legged friends so much. They live to be our loyal companions and as anyone who owns a dog knows, they ask nothing of us in return. That’s the very reason why we must throw them a bone both literally and figuratively as often as we can. According to animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell, author of For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend,  the most effective way to demonstrate our love for them is through play.

MEGAN 2AWhat other two different species on the planet will risk their lives for the other? I argue the relationship we have with dogs is a biological miracle.”  

Having been the owner of four dogs myself (now only one) I would have to concur with McConnell—a biological miracle and our friends till the end.