Genesis 1:24-25 NIV
And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 2:19-20 NIV
Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
I am so thankful that God created animals! I love them so much. The amount of joy they bring far outweighs the amount of work that comes along with them. All animals have healing capabilities; anger diminishes when the sound of a purring cat, the brush of soft silky fur and the warmth of a small bundle curls up on your lap or how hatred flees when you are greeted by the wagging of a tail and eager paws shifting to and fro in the anticipation of a scratch behind the ears. What about how jealousy will lose it's grasp on you when you take a brush and run it down the neck of a horse and see this huge animal warm up to your touch and look forward to the next stroke, and knowing that you will soon jump on the back of this animal and he will allow you to work with him in an enjoyable ride; that is accomplishment. How can jealously stay when you are able to work with an animal?
God sure knew what He was doing when He created animals. They may not be the perfect help mate, like a husband or a wife, but they sure do know how to make someone feel loved.