Other than my sister, most of my companions when growing up were animals. They were my friends and my teachers, and really, still are.
Through my years I’ve learned a lot from them, and I believe that’s one of the reasons they were given to us in the first place. As it says in Job:
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth and it will teach you,
or let the fish of the sea inform you.” –Job 12:7-8