I wanted to share my thoughts on International Animals’ Day, which we celebrated this past Wednesday. This topic always touches my heart because I’ve been an animal lover for as long as I can remember.
My fascination with animals started early in life. I was captivated by the diversity of species, and I had an insatiable desire to learn everything about them. My childhood weekends were often spent watching Saturday evening animal documentaries, eagerly absorbing knowledge about different creatures. I devoured animal books, immersing myself in pictures and facts about these fascinating beings. I even had a habit of rescuing injured wild animals like birds and squirrels, bringing them home in an attempt to help, even though looking back, I realize it might not have been the smartest move.
As I grew older, my passion for horses emerged. The time I spent at the stables became my sanctuary. Being around horses, observing them, and building connections with them brought me an unparalleled sense of safety and inner peace. There were moments when I felt a deeper understanding of these magnificent creatures than I did with people. Horses became my refuge, a place where I truly felt at ease.
The existence of a special day dedicated to animals serves as a poignant reminder that we need to raise awareness about their well-being. It’s an acknowledgment that there are areas where we fall short. This day compels us not only to care for our beloved pets but also to extend our attention to farm animals and wildlife. It’s our collective responsibility to create safe spaces for animals to thrive.
We must be vigilant in speaking out against animal mistreatment and altering our behavior to ensure the welfare of both animals and the environment they inhabit. Our world is a shared one, and we mustn’t act selfishly. We’ve constructed this world around humans, but we must also carve out room for animals to flourish in their natural habitats.
Effective communication and training for our pets, and animals in general, should be based on mutual understanding, not dominance. They sense our energy and interpret our body language. How would you treat a friend? That’s a valuable question to consider when interacting with animals.
So, I kindly urge all of us to strive for a better world where every creature finds a happy and safe place to live. Let’s make this world a more compassionate and harmonious home for all beings.