One of the great values of art is that it gives us a unique window on the world. It forces us to be present and in the moment and allows us to channel our own feelings and thoughts into the work of another.
In many ways animals, particularly our companion animals. do the same thing. Perhaps it's why so many of us have them, why we spend so much on them. It’s also why we often introduce young children to animals at the zoo. For those young minds, it’s often their first connection to and understanding of a world beyond themselves.