THE WHIS­PERER

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - PETS - Anne Box­hall Email abox­hall@big­pond.com

SOME­TIMES a piece of writ­ing comes along that is so de­scrip­tive, pas­sion­ate and mov­ing it stops you in your tracks.

Oc­ca­sion­ally, the same thing can hap­pen with pho­tos.

Last week, it hap­pened twice, once with words and again with pic­tures.

Both were a beau­ti­ful cel­e­bra­tion of the depth and power of the bond be­tween peo­ple and an­i­mals.

For any­one who has ever loved a dog, the post on ABC OPEN on­line’s What’s Your Story, ti­tled Farewell to

a Crack­ing Dog, will bring you un­done.

Su­perbly writ­ten in a sim­ple, heart­felt style, it goes right to the core of the hu­man- an­i­mal bond and cap­tures the in­ten­sity of re­la­tion­ships and loss.

Kelpie- cross Ned is de­scribed as the cor­ner­stone around which writer Sue Pea­cock’s fam­ily grew up.

He re­minded them con­stantly what was im­por­tant – how to love un­con­di­tion­ally, how to ease lone­li­ness in an­other and how to fi nd joy in the sim­ple things in life.

The writer de­scribes her dog’s dy­ing mo­ments as “whiplash to her heart” and “even cat- loving friends ex­press their dis­may at his pass­ing”.

This pow­er­ful short story is well worth the read but be warned – you’ll need to have the tis­sues on hand.

Sim­i­larly, a new cof­fee ta­ble book called Mo­ments of Con­nec­tion uses pho­tos to cel­e­brate an­i­mals and chil­dren.

With seven of the fi rst 50 words chil­dren say likely to be an­i­mal words, the con­nec­tion be­tween chil­dren and an­i­mals is a spe­cial one.

The book il­lus­trates how com­pan­ion an­i­mals, horses and wildlife pro­vide chil­dren with un­der­stand­ings and skills around pa­tience, trust, life and death, the im­por­tance of play, and the of­fer­ing and re­ceiv­ing of com­fort.

Con­nect­ing with an­i­mals and na­ture re­duces lev­els of ag­gres­sion and hy­per­ac­tiv­ity in chil­dren.

Sales of the book will as­sist an­i­mal bush­fire re­cov­ery pro­grams across Aus­tralia and the An­thro­zo­ol­ogy Foun­da­tion.

It is avail­able for pur­chase through www.an­thro­zo­ol­o­gy­foun­da­tion.org or www.adore­an­i­mals.com

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