Do You Underestimate Animals as Friends?

Here are a two stories–one from Al Pacino–about surprising experiences that showed how powerful and profound animals can be in our lives. The message is that the things that nourish us, give us joy, and help us to live in our hearts take many forms.

“I made connection with a pair of eyes, and thought, ‘This is incredible; these eyes are penetrating me.” I went through the whole performance just relating to those eyes, giving the whole thing to those eyes. When curtain call finally came, I looked in the direction of those eyes, and it was a seeing-eye dog…I couldn’t get over it-the compassion and intensity and understanding in those eyes, and it was a dog.”
–Al Pacino, About a Theatrical Performance

Here is another story, by an unnamed woman:

“One of the first things I noticed when we moved into our new home was the birds. Every morning I woke up to the beautiful sounds of birds calling out their morning song. It was almost a year before I realized that their presence was really a gift from my neighbor, who had an elaborate bird feeder set up in her her backyard just a few feet away from my bedroom window. She died this past year, and the people who moved in never kept up the bird feeder.

“One day when I woke up, I felt surrounded by a cloud of sadness. I lay there for a while, trying to figure out what was causing it and finally realized it was because my morning symphony had flown. I turned toward my husband lying next to me, and he said, ‘It’s the birds, they’re gone.’ That day we went to the store and bought a spectacular bird feeder and set it up in the backyard. Our morning friends are back now.”

Take a little time right now to notice and be thankful for the comfort and support you are given each day by the animals that surround you.

Adapted from Practice Random Acts of Kindness, by the editors of Random Acts of Kindness (Conari Press, 2007). Copyright (c) 2007 by the editors of Random Acts of Kindness. Reprinted by permission of Conari Press.
Adapted from Practice Random Acts of Kindness, by the editors of Random Acts of Kindness (Conari Press, 2007).


marie Squire
Marie Squire3 years ago


Barbara D.
Past Member 3 years ago

My own companions, and all animals, are my best friends!

Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga3 years ago

i dont do that, but many do. all animals are my friends

Amber Beasley
Amber Beasley3 years ago

all animals are my friends! even little bugs =)

Gordon Ralph
Gordon Ralph3 years ago

i have had two great friends in my life as a small boy i had a Boxer Dog who followed me around and stayed in my room until the sad day when he passed away !. then as a teenager i had a cat who was my greatest friend she also followed me everywhere and much to my parent annoyance she slept on my bed too we were inseparable !!.she would always try and follow me of down the street!!oh how i miss my children and i are allergic to
animal fur in a bad way now!!!

Liling O.3 years ago

We always have had animal companions since the day we were born.
And the thing is, despite the strict parental warnings about possible transmittion of certain viruses or illnesses from all these kissings and sharing of beds, we do not care at all, and even kissed our dogs ,sometimes our tongues even touched!

I couldn't imagine the rest of my days for the rest of my life living without my dogs, turtles,and parrots. And not forgetting the lovely stray cats we would feed on a regular routine!

Val M.
Val M.3 years ago

Thanking the birds for giving me great pleasure by enjoying the bird baths :-)

Fi T.
Fi T.3 years ago

They're always for us to treasure

JL A.3 years ago

good reminder

Dale Overall

Nothing like the loud rousing purr of the sixteen year old blind cat that owns me.
Am now allergic to her not to mention pollen from birch, maple and other trees but who cares.
Her purrs keep me going when I feel alone and sad.