I had long forgotten about Mr. Ed, the talking horse, until I read the obituary for Alan Young recently. Mr. Young was the man (the only man) Mr. Ed spoke to on the television show, which ran in the early 60′s. I don’t remember watching the show a lot, but enough to think it would be cool to have an animal (pet) who you could hold a conversation with. Wilbur (the name of the character Mr. Young played) and Mr. Ed had a funny relationship. Of course, how could a talking horse not be funny?
It occurs to me that the desire to talk to animals has existed as long as people have been forming bonds with animals, i.e., a very long time, maybe since human beings began walking on the planet. And although our pets do not speak English (or Spanish, Urdu, French, . . . ), they certainly communicate with us and with each other. It isn’t difficult to understand our pets when they want to eat or go for a walk or get their belly rubbed. And most of us think we know many of their other wishes, or we think we know when they are sad or not feeling well.
I’m thankful for the many dimensions that animals – whether they are our pets or are the animals who out there on their own – add to our lives. They enrich us and keep every day interesting, as well as entertaining. I’m sure the golden Palomino who played Mr. Ed died a long time ago, but his memory lives on. I’m grateful that Mr. Ed and Alan Young, as Wilbur, introduced me early on to the amazing bond possible between humans and animals.