when kids and animals share the frame

photo of boy in superman underwear hugging saint bernard in house with baby on couch by lacey monroe

There are only a handful of things that can take the edge of the world as quickly and powerfully as ice cream or watching kids play with animals. What is the point of the internet other than to shower us in kid and animal videos? If it could only spoon feed us Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Heath Bar Crunch while we watched these videos.

Once upon a time, I was unmarried and child-free in Hawaii. My then boyfriend, later to be husband, Joe, was stationed there and I was living the life only untethered people can live. One night I took a walk on Keolu Drive at sunset because I could. Keolu Drive was a bustling place as people rushed home to family, dinner and bed. As I passed one parked car, an orange tabby cat darted out into traffic spooked by my footsteps. And there, before my eyes, Tigger Kobayashi’s life ended. I know his name because the next day when I brought Joe to the scene of the crime there was a memorial to Tigger complete with his brush, snacks and a laminated placard of the tabby at play with a houseful of kids. The placard read: Tigger Kobayashi Killed On Keolu Drive. I still carry the burden of his untimely demise and Joe is still amused by how tormented I continue to be by Tigger. From what I gather, he made some kids happy in the way only animals can do.

This wonderful collection of photographs display the pure, uncomplicated and tender relationship between children and animals. This is for all the animals, like Tigger Kobayashi, that grace the lives of children. And vice versa.

picture of a red haired girl on bed with furry puppy making faces by Joanna Polling

Joanna Polling: site | facebook

“My little dog – a heartbeat at my feet” ~ Edith Wharton

picture of young boy washing guinea pig in bathroom sink black and white by ana rosenberg

Ana Rosenberg: site | facebook

image of little girl blue dress red bows lifting dog ear by tina shawal marshall

Tina Shawal

image of young boy with tricycle and card playing with four ducks by nicole mccallister

Nicole McCallister: site

image of a girl petting a calico cat in grass by june & bear

June & Bear: site | facebook

photograph of dog and girl on pink bed taken from above headless by melissa weicker

Melissa Weicker : site | facebook

photo of boy in superman underwear hugging saint bernard in house with baby on couch by lacey monroe

Lacey Monroe: site | facebook

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ~ Anatole France

picture of cat in shade with shadow of approaching toddler girl by kristin hiatt

Kristin Hiatt: site | facebook

image of smalle black dog under table where toddler is eating waiting begging for food by katie gardner

Katie Gardner: site | facebook

image of girl and dog on water edge with a koi fish looking at them by karlee hopper

Karlee Hooper: facebook

photograph of girl holding baby bunny with mother hands helping black and white by erin hughes

Erin Hughes: site

photograph of family on beach spying on iguana by erica montgomery

Erica Montgomery: site | facebook

photograph of an infant wrapped held from above with dog peeking in by noelle soroka

Noelle Soroka: site | facebook

picture of toddler sleeping on floor with dog by chelsey hawes

Chelsey Hawes: site | facebook

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” ~ Charles Schulz

picture of young girl brushcing goat in stall by ashley marston

Ashley Marston: site | facebook

image of boy playing with cat outside by ali deckAli Deck: site | facebook

“If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.” ~ Mark Twain

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