Inspiration

Our friendship is made of being awake – Rumi

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The animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained. They are not our underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, the splendor and the travail of the earth.     – Henry Beston, Naturalist

Educating a dog means teaching it to accept new experiences with interest rather than fear. It means reaching a level of communication with your dog that allows him to trust your intentions for him completely. It means educating yourself, too, learning to approach challenge quietly so that your dog can mirror your confidence instead of your apprehension.     – Michael Roads, from Talking with Nature