Some people just don't seem to get the connection some people have with their animals. For example, when my horse was injured and I thought she'd never recover, I was incredibly upset. There were many who said, "Why are you so upset? It's just a horse." Or if they did not say exactly that, they would say some variation on that theme.
OK, I get that in the grand scheme of things that her injury was not the level of devastation created by a natural disaster, a serious illness, death of a loved one, or loss of home or job. Credit me with some perspective. The people in my life come first, and my animals come (a very close) second. My horse is my friend, my joy, my teacher, my conscience, and my therapy, as well as a heck of a lot more. If someone doesn't understand that it's possible to have an emotional connection with an animal, that's fine. Just don't demand that other people share your beliefs.
But seriously, this video blew my mind. Guess my view of the human/animal bond was somewhat limited. Thanks, Maria and Dominic - lesson learned!
(If you watch the video, check out some of the others to see how Maria and Dominic's story resonates in this community. The one where they serenade Maria is adorable!)