The love we feel for our pets is incredibly special, but, after two decades working with animals, I believe that it pales in comparison to the love they have for us.
Global – A Professor, also known as a “SuperVet” shared a profound outlook on what love is like for a dog, and what humans can learn from that.
Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, originally from Laois, Ireland, is a world-leading orthopaedic-neuro veterinary surgeon recognised and respected globally as a true thought leader in his field of expertise.
Noel obtained his Bachelor of veterinary medicine from University College Dublin in 1990. Following scholarships at The University of Pennsylvania and The University of Ghent, he went on to complete the RCVS certificates in small animal orthopaedics and radiology.
He attained boarded specialist status by examination in both the USA and the UK, with the degrees of ACVSMR, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and DSAS(Orth), the Diploma in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics).
A trusted source of knowledge and information, who moves and inspires others with his leadership, his life-enhancing treatments, his teachings and his passion for providing hope and solutions to animals and their families.
Recently he shared a profound outlook on what love is like for a dog, and what humans can learn from that. Read it below:
“The love we feel for our pets is incredibly special, but, after two decades working with animals, I believe that it pales in comparison to the love they have for us.
If we could learn more from them, the world would be a happier place. For, as humans, we know what unconditional love is, but we are not capable of it.
Animals are. Unlike us, they are not governed by their moods, or what happened yesterday.
They’re not judgemental or vindictive. Unless they have experienced cruelty, they live in the moment, approaching every encounter as a new opportunity to share their love. That is why some of the most vulnerable people often form the strongest bonds with their pets because they are more open to that unconditional love.
I’ve seen a child with cerebral palsy whose dog soothed her to sleep, and a man with terminal cancer who died with dignity because of the strength he drew from his dog. It’s a symbiotic relationship: we express our love looking after them, they express theirs in the comfort they give us.
And it works. When our pets greet us, no matter how terrible our day, their delight in seeing us makes us feel better. When other relationships falter, their affection is guaranteed.
This week, I reunited a woman with her dog after 6 weeks apart. Nobody seeing the dog’s tail wagging and her tears of joy could doubt that they loved each other.”