Animal Attraction

In Love with Banana!

In Love with Banana!

I have always been interested in the science of love.  Why do we as human beings choose that one person over so many others?  What are the chemical or the subconscious reasons that signal us to pair up with particular person?  What creates attraction?  Some of it is evolutionary, some of it is purely physical, but is there more?  And how does this translate to the animals we choose to be our pet companions?  We all know we love them as much, and sometimes even more than our human companions…

I have worked at Wayside Waifs for over three years, and have loved every minute of it.  It has been fascinating to observe and learn from the dedicated staff here about their relationship with their own animals.  Of course, nearly every staff member here has one, two, three and a few of us even have upwards of six.  Because of city ordinances, I won’t mention where those folks live.   But seriously, what makes someone bond with that certain special animal over so many others?  Especially someone who may work or volunteer in an animal shelter who is exposed to so many different animals, each and every work day?

The New Best Friend!

The New Best Friend!

Our longtime volunteer photographer, Josh Solar, adopted his first dog at Wayside this past weekend.  Josh has looked into the eyes of hundreds, maybe thousands of Waifs at Wayside to capture many of the beautiful and emotional animal pictures you see on our website and in our publications.  So, after all this time, after seeing those beautiful animals, why this one dog?  Why was Banana the lucky one? 

Banana Just Understands Me

Banana Just Understands Me

I certainly don’t have many answers when it comes to the science of love, be it human or animal.  I am really just posing the questions for my own un-scientific poll.  What was it that first attracted you to your pet?  What made you follow through with your adoption?  What makes your relationship work, and your love grow?

 

Written by Marla Svoboda
Director of Development at Wayside Waifs


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