Why are certain people drawn so strongly to animals and their pets in particular? Animals have no ego, and they reflect back to us a God Consciousness that is hard to see in our fellow humans who are sheathed in ego. But when we see God in our animals, we must use that as a stepping stone. We cannot stop there. Once we recognize God in something "outside" of ourselves, we need to bring that back in and recognize the same in our Self. Through a recognition of Unity, of the One, we come to discover the treasure that is waiting to be uncovered inside of us. Our fellow humans who no longer operate from an ego consciousness, few as they may be, afford us the same reflection of God as do animals. When you are in the presence of a great saint, such as Mother Teresa or the Dalai Lama, you feel the holiness, the peace that surrounds and flows from them. But what you must recognize is that this is in you and in all people, regardless of their appearance, regardless of their ego and personality, regardless of their words and actions, regardless of everything that is illusory and which passes away at the death of the body.