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Human Animal Interaction Human Animal Bond and Amazing Animal Stories

With the welcoming in of spring just days away I thought I would continue writing about animals discussing the human animal bond and human animal interaction. I remember as a child begging my father for a dog. I was an only child and I was lonely. The desire for companionship far outweighed the desire for any material thing and when I realized he couldn’t produce a sibling for me on his own my most persistent arguments were about having a pet. There is something truly magical that happens in developing a bond with an animal, which I believe is much more than an emotional relationship. Learning to read and respond to an animal’s behavior whether they are domestic pets or wild animals requires using instincts and intuition. It’s an area in our life where we do this naturally. And when animals respond it reinforces these kinds of euphoric subconscious interactions.

In this blog I want to share two more amazing animal stories; one about Phoenix our Maine Coon cat who seems to literally understand much of what I say to him and the other about a phenomenal interaction my friend had with a family of foxes that lived for awhile in his backyard.

We discovered that our cat Phoenix loved pipe cleaners when my children were younger and we were doing a lot of art projects together. I stored art supplies in the bottom kitchen cabinets so they were easily accessible. As I recall we were stringing beads for bracelets. One of us decided to give a pipe cleaner to Phoenix. We’ve always had fun making toys to entertain and stimulate our animals. It’s fascinating watching them explore these novelties. Phoenix seemed utterly delighted picking up the pipe cleaner in his mouth and carrying around like a bird he’d proudly hunted. After we tired of the art project all of us pitched in and carefully cleaned up making sure there were no loose beads on the table or floor for the cats to accidentally swallow. I gathered the unused pipe cleaners and placed them back into their cellophane package. Putting them away in the cabinet we set off for an outdoor adventure. When we returned I headed into the kitchen to get snacks and found a brand new unfolded pipe cleaner lying in the middle of the floor. I was certain I collected all of them before we left. I opened the bottom cabinet and found that the cellophane package had been tampered with.

Phoenix has dewclaws on both front paws and can open cabinet doors. “Did you help yourself to one of these” I asked him? “These are for art projects. I already gave you one” I told him. I took the pipe cleaner package and placed it in the upper utensils draw thinking they would certainly be out of reach there. He couldn’t possibly open a drawer! As pet owners there is a point in time when we realize our devoted, affectionate, and comical creatures have minds of their own.

Later that day I came back into the kitchen. Not only was the package of pipe cleaners lying on the floor, but Phoenix had emptied it in entirety and sprawled all of them over the kitchen floor… I truly do not know how he accomplished this. Did he open the bottom cabinet, climb in and somehow push the upper drawer open from underneath? Or did he stand on his two back legs and grab the lip of the drawer? He is a huge cat and when he stands upright he’s about three feet tall. What is also astonishing is the drawer was closed! Phoenix came and found me in the kitchen looking mind blown. Pleased as punch he walked by and swished me with his long fluffy tail…I can only imagine what was going through his mind something to the effect of “Bring it on… Cat’s rule”!

My friend discovered a mother fox with two kits in his backyard. Apparently she had given birth to them under his deck. He was thrilled having these beautiful wild animals in such close proximity. Gingerly one day he opened the back door and tiptoed barefoot to the edge of the deck, where he sat down. The mother eyed him but didn’t startle. Taking clues from their mother the babies remained and continued playing. My friend started sending the mother fox thoughts to reassure and convey his peaceful intentions. He desperately wanted to get close and touch her, but of course refrained from approaching her. Suddenly the mother fox got up and started towards the deck. Remaining still my friend wondered what she was going to do next. Would she bite him? She didn’t seem distressed. She meandered over towards the deck, looked at him and licked his feet! Then turning she ran back to the other side of the yard.  Did she pick up on his wishful thinking and take it upon herself to befriend him?

Over the next few weeks the foxes feeling quite at home began to wreak havoc on the yard, trampling and eating the plants. My friend’s wife and daughter were in Japan and he decided to wait it out so they could see the foxes before he called animal control to come and safely remove them. After the girls returned and had this pleasure my friend decided to go outside and tell the mother fox what he intended. He spoke directly to Mother Fox, “It’s time for you to leave. Your children are big enough to make it in the wild. I can’t have you destroying my backyard. I am going to call Animal Control tomorrow morning” he said. Within minutes the mother and her two kits jumped his fence and were gone. A few days later my friend’s wife opened the back door. A dead intact rat lay at the threshold. They have not seen hide or hair of them since!

“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals… In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth”. Henry Beston, Writer-Naturalist

What a wonderful concept that animals are other nations, like countries with unique cultures and mores, languages and social structures.  I hope as a society we will move closer towards developing this inclusive, holistic appreciation and respect for animals…

If you have amazing animal stories you’d like to share please email them to me at Stephanie@of2minds.com. You can read more about me and the services I offer by visiting my website: www.of2minds.com

Fine-tuning your intuition safeguards your future and open doors to the extraordinary”. Stephanie Rachel Alt

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3 Comments

  1. Marcela on the Mar 19, 2010 remarked #

    ANIMALS ALWAYS HAVE A SPECIAL WAY TO COMMUNICATE WITH US. The best therapy ever is the closeness to them, you don’t need to say much, but you feel that comfort that keeps your mind sane.

  2. Stephanie Alt on the Mar 19, 2010 remarked #

    I totally agree that animals are are source of comfort and joy!

  3. Julio Toribio on the Mar 19, 2010 remarked #

    I believe that animals can feel your fear just as much as they can feel your love toward them. Therefore they will act accordingly.

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