Putting the bond between humans and animals into words – and paintings


The bond between humans and their pets has lengthy been commented however remained onerous to explain nonetheless. Many of us adore our pets and have lengthy believed they beloved us unconditionally simply as effectively, however such beliefs have been backed up over time by scientific findings.

new e book by a Ballymacelligott-based scientist and self-taught artist has explored this bond by varied avenues – combining science, artwork, and contributors’ true-life tales – and explains powerfully that animals can, and do, rescue us every single day.

Susan Mills launched ‘The Human Rescuers’ in current days in her native County Waterford, and it adopted a call-out to animal lovers about two years in the past. She requested folks to submit tales about the affect their pets have had on their life and, in return, she painted a picture of the contributors’ pets, photos which have been launched for the first time with the launch of her e book.

And Susan defined that this observe of portray photos of animals stemmed from the grief she felt after the passing her personal beloved canine.

“In 2016, my dog, Lady, died and I was devastated, floored by the grief,” she advised The Kerryman. “I made a decision to color an image of her to make me really feel a little bit nearer to her, and I used to be amazed when she appeared on the canvass, my coronary heart skipped a beat.

“From then on, I wanted to devote as much time as I possibly could to painting animals, so I started taking on commissions. I became more intrigued by the human-animal bond. I wanted to give people a platform to express it as well, especially when we can back it up with science. Animals are amazing, and they do rescue us every day.”

Indeed, Susan’s scientific background is positioned at the core of this publication. She has a PhD in microbiology and specialised, from 2015 onwards, in writing science, and this e book just isn’t in need of scientific backing for what the contributors wrote about their pets.

“Looking at the book title, the rescuers this time are the animals, and in return for the contributor’s story, I said I would draw their pet, but they didn’t get to see the portrait of the animal until the day of the launch,” she stated. “In the book, you have the portrait, the story, and I’m a scientist myself, so after each story there’s a little bit of science…and that backs up the intuitions and observations of animal lovers. We’re not imagining it!”

The e book combines tales of greater than 40 pets – canine, cats, horses, guinea pigs, parrots, and even a crow – and 10 per cent of income from gross sales will go in the direction of Animal Help Net Kerry. It is out there to buy from Polymaths Bookstore in Tralee, and it’s also accessible to order on-line at