My animals have taught me
to not see breeding, pedigrees, colors, physical or personality
oddities. They expect to be accepted for who they are and
'improvement' can only be accomplished through love and
They don't assume or
anticipate. They have no sense of elapsed time and they live for the
moment. They respond to kindness and they immediately recognize a
loving spirit. They react to how they are treated and always respond
appropriately. They don't judge and they forgive.
Their communication is
natural and direct, without subterfuge or cunning, and every
movement has meaning. They notice everything and live by their
senses. They don't rely on other's opinions and they do nothing for
the sake of appearances.
They respect their elders
and would die for their young. They maintain a hierarchy for
survival, not for prestige or arrogance. They are good to
themselves. They own nothing, accumulate nothing, and are rich in
their simplicity their needs are pure sustenance, and their love and
loyalty are without restraint.
They do nothing to damage
the Earth or threaten our environment.
As an imperfect human who
respects their perfection, and that of all animals, I can only
wonder if 'dominion over the Earth' was granted to the wrong
species. And I consider it the supreme human arrogance to suggest
that animals do not have souls. How can we flawed humans claim to be
the only species created 'in His image," when by their very nature,
they are surely closer to the Creator than we