How do I love thee...let me count the ways. So begins an age-old poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. She speaks of deep abiding love. Her words are full of passion and desire. She is most often quoted on Valentine's Day, I think.
And she is speaking of a man's love for a woman, or vice-versa. Human love. Person to person.
I am speaking of the love our pets feel for us - as demonstrated in this amazing story from Psychology Today. I am speaking of a bond of love that transcends anything humans can conceive of. We are so limited in our desires and warmth. Oh, I have experienced deep love more than once and more than once it has come back to bite me in the...well, to break my heart without remorse. Let's just say that.
We humans are so flawed, are we not?
Animals are not like that. Animals offer unconditional love. Our dogs and cats, and many other pets, become trophies for us, too often. When, in their hearts, we are the sun and moon and stars.