Wednesday, June 4, 2008

true colors

there is much joy in seeing the way children interact with animals. I believe that when children are comfortable around animals we are able to get a glimpse into our true colors.

cyndi lauper sings true colors (1986)

photo: petit fleur sharing her ice cream with m's dogs - 31 may.

8 comments:

d. chedwick said...

kids focus with animals--they experience a dog or cat, and want to hug it. My friend just got a teenaged lab retriever -- a very rambunctious dog who knocks her toddler daughter over every few hours. And her daughter assumes what is true--that the dog is trying to hug her, to show its love for her, so she recovers quickly, even if it hurt a bit. She interacts with this dog differently than anyone else in the house--never tells it what to do, never yells at it, but thrilled to have her very own dog, sees it as this marvelous friend who is always available.

jude said...

i was just thinking the same thing. my next door neighbor's little girl is so little (2) and they have these huge mastiff dogs and it is just so wild to watch this little girl romping and riding on these gentle beasts while the other neighboring grown ups are running for cover...

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

I think old people and animals are a pretty good combination as well.

TheElementary said...

He looks like a very loving dog. I would share my ice cream with him.
Dogs have a different attitude toward children than they do adults. I think so anyway. They seem to trust children more, at last the ones I know.

Chuck Pefley said...

This one makes me smile ... a whole bunch!

Bob Dylan said...

Great Capture!

Lee's River said...

just noticed petite fleur's haircolor - is this your orange post?
Mine will be one day late then, since I was planning to post it at the end of this day now starting over here.
My Theme remains: Saving the Tibetan Orange.
Have a good 'un, mouse.

Ernest de Cugnac said...

And now I rain on the parade. I think dogs are ace, and have two german shepherds. But mouth contact with a dog is not a great idea because some of the parasites transfered that way are pretty dangerous. Some roundworms (e.g. toxocara) end up in the "wrong" place, such as the eye and can cause blindness in children. Tapeworms are common too, since fleas are an intermediate host. If the dog bites the flea it can have the intermediate larval stage in its saliva, and the "wrong" place in humans can include cysts in the brain, eye, or other internal organs. Sorry!