Animal influences

For a lot of people, animals are a huge part of their life. Whether it's a loyal dog who waits for them to get home every night, a cat who always keeps them company when reading, a bird whose tweeting tune is their favorite, or a horse who appears giddy whenever they pull out a saddle. Animals don't have to be our pet, and they don't even have to be domesticated, to influence us. Care to share a story about an animal that has impacted your life?