"There is no denying the bond that can often exist between human and animal; especially those bonds that occasionally grow between creature and child. Studies undertaken over recent years have shown that pets can smell out illness, pain and impending death that exists within their owners.
This unique capacity to know what other humans can only suspect is what sets our pets apart from the undomesticated, wild creatures of the woods and forests that do not socialise with mankind. Not only are our pets able to hear higher pitched sounds that the ears of humans cannot pick up, but they are equally capable of picking up the signals of human pain, inner distress and changing moods in their owners.
Could this pet sparrow that the small boy rescued, saved and restored to health before befriending as a pet, truly sense that its child owner has a terminal illness and will soon die? Is this pup and kitten able to empathise with their girl owner's suffering from the terminal cancer she bears during moments of her pain? Does this dog hope that its prayers will cure its boy owner and allow them both to continue growing up together for many more years to come?
When children are privileged to grow uo healthily into adulthood, most may remember a favourite toy, but none will ever forget a pet they once owned and loved and who touched their life for evermore. A pet is for life!" William Forde : December 10th, 2013.