Most of my adult life, I have lived with a dog. Or dogs. Sometimes cats. Also ferrets, turtles, fish and one incredibly long-lived (29 years!) newt. Who still lives with me. Seriously.
Of all my pets, I have always felt most connected to the dogs. My dogs were as protective of my children as I was. So that was certainly a bonding point.
Unlike the ferrets, the dogs never hid my shoes behind the couch.
Life with dogs is more interactive than the fish or the turtles. On the other hand, I would never trust certain of my dogs to guard my sandwich. The turtle I would trust. Because he even if he managed to reach it, I could probably catch him before he ate it all.
The dogs were always interested in taking a walk and they never blabbed a secret I told them. To be fair, neither did the ferrets.
The cats never tattled either. But, honestly I knew better than to tell them anything private!
Looking back this site seems almost inevitable. A life with dogs is what I wanted. A life with words is also what I wanted. The idea of writing about spiritual wisdom and dogs is the sort of thing I was born to do.
I was born in the year of the Dog.
I was baptized in the church of St Francis de Sales, the Catholic patron saint of writers.
St Francis de Sales was Bishop of Geneva during the protestant reformation. He opted for dialogue instead of diatribe. He wrote for the common person, emphasizing love and charity. He shared ideas instead of spreading hate. Well that seems like a good idea.
In case you are confused:
You might be asking yourself “wasn’t Francis the animal guy?” Common mistake.
St Francis of Assisi was the animal guy. St Francie de Sales was too busy writing and being bishop to stand around in the backyard holding a bird feeder. (No disrespect to of Assisi, but I wasn’t baptized in his church.)
All my life, I have been told that I think too much and I read too much.
Mostly by people who in my opinion don’t do enough of either.
Dogs are tolerant of both thinking and reading. As long as the meals are on time and the treats are generous, a dog will keep you company while you think or read. Some, like Huff, might have an opinion on the merits of eBooks vs paper books.
Since you have found your way here, I am guessing you love dogs and maybe hope for wisdom. I can offer dogs and a laugh and some stuff to think about. The wisdom you find for yourself. After all, I don’t want you to kill me on the road.
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