I am a gigantic sucker for a sweet animal-saves-human story. Even the suspect ones where the animal was probably just doing what comes naturally. It probably all began in my early years – doesn’t everything? I watched quite a few cartoons as a kid that featured dog-human child relationships. The dog was usually somewhat feral or maligned by society in some other way. Almost every episode included at least one scene where the child was in danger and the dog came to his or her rescue. My favourite of all was called Belle and Sebastian.
Did anyone else watch that? I didn’t miss an episode. Here is a clip of the opening to jog your memory. Gosh, I miss that show.
Anyway, many of my childhood fantasies revolved around meeting some sort of wild animal in the forest and forging a bond. Sometimes it was a wolf, sometimes a tiger, sometimes the animal was more mythological in nature. I didn’t have an imaginary friend as such, but I had lots of imaginary pets.
To this day, stories of animals risking their lives for their human friends, and vice versa, give me the warm fuzzies. This is the main reason I had to share a recent infographic put together byMoneySupermarket.com. Animals have impacted all of us and sometimes that impact actually saves our lives. To me, it doesn’t matter if this was the dog’s – or pig’s or dolphin’s – original intention. What matters is that our lives are clearly connected. We have more in common with them than we think.
I hope it makes you smile as well.