Question: What do you think is the most significant change that companion animals – dogs in particular – bring to society and/or our individual lives?
Answer from Zennia Barahona
The most significant change that companion animals – dogs in particular – bring to society and/or our individual lives is unconditional love. There truly is no other relationship that we can even hope to have between ourselves and another human in which we will only always receive a pure un-selfish love. It’s said time and time again, but my dogs have never judged me when I’ve made mistakes, been lazy, have a bad hair day or am grouchy. They love me all the same and with the most pure enthusiasm. They always think I’m just the best thing ever and the feeling is mutual.
Living a little bit more by their example hopefully has a ripple effect and that makes it bigger than just me.
Zennia Barahona is owned by three Shiba Inus: Mox, Molly and Luna (the two former being NYCSR Alumni) and resides in Jersey City, NJ. She is one of the founding board members of NYC Shiba Rescue and is active in both Shiba rescue, education and awareness as well as her local community grassroots efforts. When not fighting animal welfare crime by night (and weekends) she’s an executive producer in the television and film industry by day in New York City. And yes, she has failed Fostering 101… twice.