I've never really thought much about this before because it seemed normal to me, but lately it's been pointed out so I was just wondering about it. Animals seem to be really attached to me. People have called me the animal whisperer several times as a joke. I've always grown up with pets, including my siblings but animals don't react to them the same.
Our pets even now will usually follow me everywhere. If I'm sitting on my bed with the laptop both dogs will be laying down and some of the cats (we have three but they don't always get along together) but the moment I get up even if it's to turn on the fan or light they jump off the bed and follow me closely. I walk through the house and they follow me like a shadow. When I practice the piano one of the cats always runs over and jumps up and lays down on top of the piano purring, I don't know if that has anything to do with it or if it's just because he likes the piano.
It's is not only pets I've known for a long time though. Even animals that I have never met seem to trust me a lot, especially stray animals. Three times that I've been to a certain place with no pattern to the time and each time at different days of the week and several months apart these two stray cats will suddenly run up to me meowing loudly. They start rubbing on me and meowing wanting to be pet so I kneel down and pet them and they climb in my lap purring. Another time a stray cat walked up to me when I was walking down the street and started purring and lay down so I sat down next to him and pet him for a while. Also when me and some of my family were at a lake with a lot of different birds and were feeding them crackers there were a lot of geese and when I sat down in the grass one of them waddled up to me like it wanted the crumbs of the leftover crackers so I fed it to him and then he climbed into my lap and lay there for a bit seeming completely calm and almost like it would fall asleep, which seemed odd for animals since they don't let down their guard around strangers. There have been several other experiences like those but I'm not going to list all of them or this would be very long to read and write.
I've also felt the same way around animals, as if I could instinctively trust them. I understand them in a way, even better than I understand other people since I get very anxious in social places and most people ignore me or don't seem to notice me. When I'm around animals it feels almost as if I can tell how they feel, I don't know how to really explain it. Even in movies when a person dies I don't react as much as when an animal dies, but when an animal dies in a movie or a book I instantly am struggling not to cry even though I know it's not real. Animals always calm me down and sometimes I almost wish that I had been born an animal instead of human, because they don't seem to have the cold and cruel hearts many humans posses. Obviously with all of that in mind, I am extremely against animal cruelty and seeing any signs of it makes me very angry, although I almost never show anger and been called a robot on several occasions because people claim I never show any emotion.
Pets also seem to be protective me in a way? When I'm sitting out in the other room on the couch usually the bigger dog is lying in front of me watching my father if he's in the room, or other people if we're in places with other people. My other dog is usually curled up at my side. When the other dog is scared he also usually comes running over to me.
I don't have a problem with animals acting in those ways, I like the fact that they do and would be disappointed if they didn't, but I'm just curious to know if it means anything. I really don't see why they would chose me over other people, there's nothing interesting about me. Most of the time I'm just in the background and it's like I'm screaming at the top of my lungs but completely silent. Even writing this right now both of my dogs are asleep on the bed next to me, one pressed up against my leg and the other one at the foot of the bed. I feel more lonely with the absence of the presence of animals than humans. I don't know if that's just because there's something wrong with me or if it's just because I'm more used to animals than people.
Another main reason that I'm writing this is that being forced to get rid of one of the dogs and two of the cats for a reason that's unfair but there's nothing I can do about it because I have no power in the situation. I really wish there was a way that I could stop it but there isn't, and the main concern I have is about the animals because I just know and have a really deep feeling that they will not be ok in a different place. I just know that they will not be able to adapt to another family and setting and that it will make them really upset and it's really hard for me to write this just thinking about them experiencing it. It has happened to me once before when forced to get rid of one of the dogs and cats for the same reason and he put them on ebay, giving the two of them to a lady. I was devastated, and cried for days because I had that feeling, and a few days later I came home to find the two of them in the house again. What had happened was the lady they went to couldn't deal with them and the dog constantly barking because he was in distress. She just gave them to the pound but luckily the cat had a chip in him and they contacted my mother and she got the two of them back home. I was so relieved that they are back and to this day I still know that if they hadn't contacted my mother they would have ended up putting them down because they wouldn't be ok anywhere else. I don't know how I know that or if it's just me trying to figure out some reason for them to stay, but it's a very deep feeling that I can't ignore.