1. If someone you care for ( but maybe are unsure about ) says something to you, like: "Well, It's me or him" You're bonded to your dog, if you look up, smile push that someone's things off the dresser and then make room for the dogs things:) ( no need for small talk here).
2. If you are at an outdoor concert with an empty seat next to you and minutes before the show someone sputters ( holding a chili cheese dog in one hand and slurping on a straw from their drink ) : "Oh hi there, excuse me ( attempting to push their way toward you from the narrow, crowded isle ) "is that seat taken?" and you reply ( with a smile ): "Why yes, by my Doggy, here baby jump!" - you're bonded.
3. While your out walking the dog, if someone approaches you from the opposite direction and makes the mistake of trying to come in between you and your dog instead of walking around you and you close the gap so they can't get in-between you and your canine friend - you're bonded ( to your dog:).
1. You're bonded to your cat if on Friday night you ask her what's coming on -trusting that she has had all day to thoroughly check out the TV listings and take notes:)
2. If the ( new ) Vet Tech at your Veterinarian makes the following statement while performing the preliminary exam before your kitty see's the doctor: "Gee your cats testes are huge isn't he neutered" and tries to reach for them, then chuckles and you come back with: "Yes, they are larger than most men I know and you pull your kitty close to you - so your cat won't get fondled, by the ( suspect ) Vet Tech - you're bonded:).
3. If you're cat makes him or herself comfortable in a shared closet because they feel safe there and has not ruined any item and remains in one dedicated spot and some one you share that closet with makes the statement: "Not again! I told you to keep that F@#$%^&* cat out of the closet, it's me or the cat" and with one hand you sweep their things from the closet to the floor look up smile and say: "Meow" - you're bonded ( to the cat:)
1. If your neighbor comments over your shared fence:
"Yoo Hoo - hi there that horse sure makes a lot of, well you know stuff - I hear horses are very popular on the international meat market?" while they offer you a sinister smile, you are bonded to your horse if you look over your fence in the direction of the petulant voice and reply "inquisitive neighbors fetch a high price too:)"
2. If you hear your horse start his broadcast of his evening talk show: "For Animals Only - Talk about, Hair Fur, Paws and Pads" and you don't think this is odd behavior, then you rush into the kitchen, turn on the radio, grab a cold drink, sit down to tape and enjoy the broadcast - you're bonded:).
3. If you are walking with your horse down the street and she is trotting happily close to the curb and someone approaches you, waving dollar bills: "Hey you with the horse! how much for me and my kids to to jump on the old mare and go for a ride" and you reply still feeding your Horsey Honey a few of her favorite sugar cubes: "The same amount for us ( me and the horse ) to jump on and ride YOU", you're bonded:).
1. If a visitor to your home ( or office ) comments on and points to the small black raisins they see on your floor and or other surfaces around your space and asks "what that is?" and you respond with a smile and in all seriousness: "Oh don't worry it's just Rabbit poo it won't bite you ( and you wipe the counter "dust" off ( dismissively ) with your hand or kick the poo out of their way ) your bonded ( to your rabbit:).
2. If you get a call from a neighbor: Hello I was worried I looked toward your house and thought I saw long ears jumping up and down and....." and you reply: "Thanks for calling! no worries it's just a few hundred of my Pal Joey the Rabbit's off spring meeting, mixing and dancing for joy" ( that they found a home - your home ) your bonded:.).
3. If when your driving with your best Rabbit friend and you ( accidentally ) rear end the car ahead of you because your friend the Rabbit screams: "OMG, look! a Rabbits foot hanging from that rear view mirror, what nerve!" ( then you concur with his reaction and don't feel bad or concerned about the damage to your vehicle or the one you just hit - you're bonded:).
The animals in our lives affect us on many levels, somewhere deep in out brains we understand that we are connected to them in ways we can't always articulate. Yesterday evening, when I sat at the kitchen table and did not hear Mrs. Parker and Fricke I stopped on the middle of the staircase. In my mind I could hear them running up and down - one of the wonderful house memories I have of them. I went back down stairs to speak with the kitties about the new silence which had found it's way into our home. The kitties ( who initially jumped for joy that the dogs were away at school ) and I realized how much we missed the sound of Mrs. Parker and her dog Fricke in the house, whoops I have to go now. I have to to get the Sweet Potato Pie I made for Mrs. Parker and Fricke out of the oven. I will be in the vicinity of Four Paws Academy tomorrow afternoon and I will pay a surprise visit to the school. I can't wait to see my babies, you could say I am bonded - to them:)!
How are you bonded to your Pawed Hoofed or Winged Friends?