We all need love, both man and beast, and the power of this need is stronger than DNA. But, why do we love who we love? Is love a primal need of all sentient beings and so a loving bond between an odd pair is only odd to us humans who are too smart for our own good?
Take a look at this short video for a sweet minute of inspiration and a possible answer to these questions from an animal odd couple, Kate and Pippin.
A Great Dane named Kate has adopted an abandoned baby deer, now named Pippin, and the two are devoted friends.
From the GrindTV blog:
“What surprised me the most is when they started to play,” Springett said.
Indeed, as you can see, the dog and deer play together just as a dog would play with another dog.
The strange friendship between a dog and a deer isn’t the only odd couple featured in the PBS special Wednesday night. A goat and a horse have been fast friends for 16 years. A dog and monkey, and a dog and leopard are also among the animals featured.
Isobel Springett is Kate’s owner and describes the bond between the odd couple as, “a loving relationship.”
So, if animals can do it, why can’t we?! Is it easier for animals to see past our differences and just answer the call of love?
In an article titled, What’s love got to do with it? Astrology, science and swamis explore relationships, we learned that it’s often easier to see the expression of emotions in animals because they have no ego through which to filter their natural instincts, one of them being love.
In this article, Marc Bekoff, Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, reports:
It’s sometimes easier to see and understand emotions in animals than in humans because animals don’t filter their emotions. What they feel is clearly written on their faces, publicized by tails, ears, and odors, and displayed by their actions. Animal emotions are raw and out there for all to sense — to see, hear, smell, and feel. Anyone can tell.
Love is chemical and divine
Why do we love who we love? Is it chemistry, karma, astrological compatibility, fear of loneliness, or a genuine heart connection of true love? And, does it matter? Isn’t it enough that we just love and the reasons for it irrelevant?
Astrologer, Martin Schulman in Karmic Relationships, says:
“Loving another person is the greatest mystery of life”
One of the greatest mysteries of life is the experience of loving another person. For eons, people have tried to define and understand the depths of love’s simplicity.
We know the intimate love of one person to another. We experience a love for nature. We have a love for material things. We feel the love for family and children. We have been enveloped by the love for God and for life itself.
These are all different forms of love and yet in subtle, intangible ways, they are all the same. A thread of continuity links all forms of love together, so the differences are based more on the love object and the quality of love itself rather than in the basic essence.
We know that when one person feels love for another he is able to feel love for other things in the universe because the love center is open. When an individual feels a great love for life, he is capable of loving all things – for loving anything is the foundation for loving everything.
Scientists suggest it’s chemistry:
Because of its role in addiction, dopamine has been studied extensively. At ideal levels it plays a vital role in feelings of cheerful anticipation, healthy appetite, and may also be connected with motivating us to make rewarding choices.
At higher levels, it is behind cravings, uncontrolled behavior, unrealistic thinking, and thrill-seeking. Because of dopamine, “drugs of abuse produce the same exhilaration, excessive energy, sleeplessness, and loss of appetite that are characteristic of individuals who report being ‘in love.’”
Whether chemical or divine, we all need love.
One of my all-time favorite odd animal couple videos is this one from a few years ago with a kitten and a deer.
Follow this link for more moving moments between unlikely combos in love. Yahoo News has another great slideshow of odd friendships at this link.
This final link isn’t about odd animal couples, but it is without a doubt the most adorable two minutes with a lab puppy named Tugger vs. doorstop! Send it to someone who needs a smile!
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