Some of you may have been reading my thread about the loss of my dog Sophie (nearly 17 years old, with me her whole life).
I expressed at one point that my grief over my dog feels more immediate and profound than the grief I felt for my sister who died last year. At least one poster said he was disturbed to hear this and that my perspective was misshapen, essentially asserting that while yes, we care for animals and can feel sad, it is inappropriate to feel and care for them on a level equal to humans.
I disagree. I think that animals are, or can be, as deserving of our deepest love and affection as any human. I do not think that humans are “better” than animals, I think that animals are merely different, and they are creatures which can win my love and affection just as profoundly and meaningfully as humans can.
I would love to get into this more, but it is to start you all off, and I am still a bit too distracted to delve deeper at this moment.
I’ll be interested to hear whatcha all have to say on the matter.
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