The most effective way to achieve right relations with any living thing is to look for the best in it, and then help that best into the fullest expression.
We are members of a vast cosmic orchestra, in which each living instrument is essential to the complementary and harmonious playing of the whole.
If you would learn the secret of right relations, look only for the divine in people and things, and leave all the rest to God.
There’s facts about dogs, and then there’s opinions about them. The dogs have the facts, and the humans have the opinions. If you want the facts about the dog, always get them straight from the dog. If you want opinions, get them from humans.
My idea of good poetry is any dog doing anything.
If you would understand this secret, you must first understand the distinction between training an animal and educating one. Trained animals are relatively easy to turn out. All that is required is a book of instructions, a certain amount of bluff and bluster, something to use for threatening and punishing purposes, and of course the animal. Educating an animal, on the other hand, demands keen intelligence, integrity, imagination, and the gentle touch, mentally, vocally, and physically.
Good is latent in every living thing and simply needs to be called into active expression through the gracious application of respect, sympathetic understanding, gentleness and love.
Never forget that every living thing has a particular and needed job to do in the universal Plan and Purpose.