Animals Help Children Connect, Stay Balanced and Develop Cherishing…..secrets for a Happy Life

Shelley “Red Dog” Pender who was born by caesarean section at Australind veterinary Hospital in September 2004. Shelley is pictured on the farm in Grafton NSW.

The tallest child in the photo is Natasha who is about to turn 8. She was two weeks of age when Shelley was born at The Happiness Centre. Shelley is now past middle age, whereas Natasha is at the beginning of her life. They share virtually the same birthday however their biological clocks are vastly different.

The miracle of life is something that we sometimes take for granted. At university I was amazed one day when I entered the biochemistry department and noticed a flow chart that filled an entire wall. This flow chart was the chemical reactions that occur within a single mammalian cell every second of every minute of every hour of every day. It happens without us having any idea it is happening.

These chemical reactions create “life”. It’s like magic. Life really is a miracle and it’s far too short to be unhappy.

The seeds of greatness are planted potentially in every child that is born.  As adults we must help open the doors to their talents, capacities and intelligences and provide the right environment to help them make the right choices to develop and maximise their abilities.

Our children tend to take on their parents “luggage”….their attitudes, biases, prejudices, likes, dislikes, mannerisms and mindset. Genes and culture have a powerful influence on who we are but they don’t have to determine our future.

As Buckminster Fuller wrote “All children are born geniuses;  9,999 out of every 10,000 are swiftly, inadvertently degeniusized by grownups”.

It is possible to rise above the cynicism and negativity of a culture, society, bureaucracy or organisation and find happiness and true fulfilment.


                                    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I

                                    I took the one less travelled by,

                                   And that has made all the difference   – Robert Frost


Children have a great need for connectedness. It is hard wired into their DNA. They need to feel connected to their parents, their siblings, their friends and their influences. Children also love to connect with our world and to animals. The human animal bond is very strong in children. To help them remain balanced and to help them develop emotional intelligence, pets can provide a genuine part of their development.

Choose to have a great day – Dr Rob



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