My cats taught me dignity in the face of adversity.
My dogs taught me the true meaning of unconditional acceptance.
My chickens taught me perseverance and it’s rewards.
My ferrets taught me the need to play and what time for self really meant.
My horses taught me contemplation and the joy of silence.
My pigs taught me acceptance of what could not be changed.
My bonsai taught me diligence and to appreciate changing beauty.
My car, which I consider as sentient as any other life form, has taught me what it means to be reliable, and to be relied upon what all of them have taught me is what it means to BE a friend.
These are the positive aspects of friendship I endeavor to bring to my human interactions.
To little avail.