The Connection Collective
Connection is at the heart of our lives.
It has no boundaries and no measure.
It is offered freely and without charge.
Articles on Connection
Contributions from many authors.
Connection thrives in the absence of expectations, a precious freedom that fills the space between two beings when there is no agenda, no time limit, no “have to get it done.”
In the busy-ness of life connection can be the last thing considered. Living with a dog is about developing a relationship and all successful relationships are based on connection.
So just what is connection and why is it important?
Connection is always
there if you’re
looking for it.
Dogs will often choose how they maintain their connection with you. This connection, the thread that binds the pack, is an invisible and easily dismissible element. Connection is not black and white, it comes in lots of shades of colour and intensity and it is developed between both recipients.
Connection is a very personal experience. What is connection for one person may not be for another.
We can feel connected to people, to art, to a landscape, to a house.
From a beginning of total dependency graduating to a fulfilling relationship that flows in many streams over different landscapes.
Connection can flow strongly or meander peacefully. It can be seasonal with different characteristics that bring their own values.
I learnt about connection with my horse Magnum. He was untouchable when he came to us, caught wild, taken to the sales – and ended up with us – because my daughter fell in love with him.
Connection is knowing
when you can lean
on a friend
Connection, as expression of trust, relationship, and finally of the deep attraction, which develops so easily between dogs and their human fellows, stains every single interaction and can be used as a potent reinforcer.
It comes in many forms. Walking together, sitting quietly together, sharing a mental or physical task. Individuals can be connected without looking at each other; just feeling each other’s presence is perhaps the strongest type of connection. These activities can all be done with or without connection, but with connection they appear fluent.
At first, it barely made it through the door. But it kept tapping and when I let it in, it had connection written all over it. It surprises me that it is a lesson I need repeated so often.
Photos that say everything
we can’t put
This Wild Idea
An inspiring photographer, person-who-connects-with-a-dog, website:
“These days I like to think my photography exists somewhere between that country living and city ideals. Images with roots and connections but excited about big lights and tall buildings.”
This page is a dedication to all the animals we share our lives with. A spotlight on how connection underpins our relationships.
Many different thoughts and ways of expressing connection. From photographs, quotes to articles. The wonderful aspect of a webpage is the unlimited amount of material we can collect.
I would love to include your ideas on the page. An article from 5 to 5000 words would be very welcome, a quote that resonates with you, an experience that describes what connection between people and dogs is for you.
We may be able to share ways of connecting, strengthen connection and open up those “new eyes” for those who have lost the connection.