They are not wolves,
or coyotes or jackles
with their long histories in the natural world.
A terrier or a spaniel or a hound
really has no home in that much larger place,
at least not in their present, modified form.
A wolf belongs.
He has his purpose within an ecological system,
the wilderness from which he was born,
his connection is clearly written
in the spirals.
But for dogs,
like the humans that breed them,
that link has all but vanished
and the wild place from which we emerged
thousands of years ago
has become a foreign country.
that is why we both,
even though we are of different species,
seek one another out,
cling to one another,
care for one another,
and love one another.
that is also why,
some of us
seek God or solace
in the untamed, uncorrupted places of the world,
far from the complications of the crowd,
to heal, when we have been emotionally wounded,
or have been somehow cut off from others
whether as a result of our own foolishness and confusion,
the designs of others,
or the inevibility of death.
it’s because when we are alone,
when we feel our smallness in the universe
and our separateness from nature so intensely,
or when we look within
in the solitude of meditation,
that we can also feel the unseen connection,
no matter how distant,
between one human and another,
you and I,
family, clan, friends
or with another animal,
or God, or nature,
or all that is more than ourselves.
Because our need for love,
is so great,
that to live without that connection,
even with a small dog,
who shares that same need
for that same tender, invisible thread,
……is simply unbearable