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Cornell Companions - Human Animal Bond

"An important lesson for everyone is to accept ourselves and others in the uncritical way that pets accept us."

- Alan Beck and Aaron Katcher

Alan Beck wrote that it is the "loving devotion, the soft touch, the constant companionship and the attentive eye, and the uncritical ear of the pet" that is so attractive to many of us. Pets are uncritically accepting, give love completely and openly, and are loyal at all times under all circumstances. The affection provided by an animal is simple, unconditional, and uncomplicated. Pets are playmates for persons of any age group, provide the security of companionship and are frequently a confidant. These comforting and healing qualities enable animals to be facilitators in therapy.

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