We all know that friendship is one of the magic elixirs of life and animal friendships are no different. At the very least, they provide adorable photos that break up our Facebook news feeds with bursts of cuteness. But on a much deeper level, animal friendships provide us with valuable life lessons. Here are five lessons from the animals at Rocky Ridge Refuge that we should all take to heart:

1. Size doesn’t matter.


Even those that look like they’re the biggest, toughest of the bunch have soft spots for friends. It just goes to show that you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. And that even the smallest among us have a whole lot of love to offer.

2. Life is better with snuggles


Just look at these faces! Everyone loves a good nap, but we bet it is extra cozy when you’re snuggled up to a pile of adorable baby deer.

3. Sharing makes things more fun


Hanging solo can be nice, but add a couple critters and you’ve got a party! Besides, eating a whole watermelon by yourself could end up in a tummy ache. And who knows? Maybe someday someone will go ahead and  write a book about your party adventures. 😉

4. Anyone can be friends, no matter their differences


Anyone who thinks looks matter when it comes to friends is missing many great friendship opportunities in life. If this tortoise can become friends with this Great Dane, then it goes to show that just about anyone can build a bond if they put their hearts to it.

5. Never underestimate the healing power of love


When you’re sick or feeling blue, is there anything better than a warm hug? Studies show that there is a direct correlation between wound healing and stress. We all know that love can relieve stress, so love literally has healing abilities.

If you’d like to see all of these animal friendships in one place, check out the book Watermelon Party. Proceeds are donated to help the animals at Rocky Ridge Refuge. Order your copy today and help save a life!