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