The Woman's Garden
Different animal nations have different medicines to offer, and an animal that we share our home with, though domesticated, is still Wild At Heart. And they are very good at showing us that no matter how domesticated we become, we too, are still Wild At Heart.
Now I know that some people don't understand the relationship that some of us humans have with our animals - but for those of us that get it - well, we're the lucky ones, for an animal will teach you more about unconditional love than a human could ever hope to. A bold statement I know, but animals, you see, are way down on society's totem pole. The daughter of a friend of mine highlighted this situation when she commented on how sad it is that animals brought in for human use are often just discarded when they're no longer needed. Animals really need our help.
When you enter into a commitment/contract with an animal, the only thing that they will ever require of you is food, water, shelter, a pat, a walk and a kind word or two. In return, you will receive love, loyalty, comfort and company - for life.
And if that isn't enough for you, there's more Magick to come; even if you cannot manage to provide the basic requirements, an animal will still be thrilled to see you when you walk through the door at the end of the day. Even if you push an animal until they become angry and mistrustful at being mistreated, they still just want to love, and so they will display Amazing Grace indeed, putting up with the most challenging of human behaviours, (sometimes, as in the extreme cases of puppy mills recently discussed on the Oprah show, appalling human behaviours), in order to teach humanity about Love.