The bond between humans and their pets is primitive and deep-rooted. Our furry friends have evolved with us for thousands of years. Our innate connectedness to these creatures has compelled us to understand and care about all nature’s inhabitants.
We attribute to our pets their inherent personalities and in turn they define ours. This complex evolution allows us to share personality traits, compassion and hugs. Whatever makes your heart swell at the sight of your critter, it’s undeniable. We want them in our homes, in our beds. They are family.
When photojournalism students at Loyalist College were asked to capture the relationship between owners and their pets, they asked, “Describe the special bond you share with your pet, how have they impacted your life?” Here are some of their responses.