“Just being with any animal is edifying, for each has a knowing that surpasses human understanding. A spider can taste the world with her feet. Birds can see colours we can’t begin to describe. A cricket can sing with its legs and listen with its knees.
“A dog can hear sounds above the level of human hearing and can tell if you’re upset even before you’re aware of it yourself.
“Knowing someone who belongs to another species can enlarge your soul in surprising ways.” ~ Sy Montgomery.
Sy Montgomery is a naturalist, author and scriptwriter who writes for children as well as adults. She is author of more than 20 books including The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, and How to be A Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals.