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Great pic. I remember having a red/brown Doberman at a time when one of my kids was little. There was a natural guardianship that was established between the dog and my son that was really quite amazing. Dogs just seem to have that protective ‘sense’ about them especially when vulnerable people are present. It becomes especially noticeable around babies and seniors who are ill or frail or at risk. I’m sure that there are strong connections between cats and humans as well.

That’s why hospitals, nursing homes and other care giver facilities are utilizing ‘pet therapy more often these days. Animals such as these just have innate, intrinsic or inherent qualities about them or within them that not many can explain. This ‘natural’ connection cannot be taught although seeing-eye dogs can be trained and trusted to guide the blind but that is a different circumstance than the ‘seeming natural caring’ that animals exhibit toward the needy or the unprotected. I have read of cases where particular animals (cat or dogs) have been able to sense a life threatening illness in some people often before medical personnel.

I realize that I am getting closer to the conversation that discusses the nature versus nurture argument scientists have waged for years. I’d be glad to go there at another time. I will however, state my opinion that, as human beings, and more specifically, as males and females we can certainly see that we, too, have particular qualities or characteristics that distinguish us from each other for the most part. These qualities or characteristics are what help to keep our species balanced and fundamentally viable.

My point here is that the difficulty and the confusion around male or female identity issues, domestic anger and violence and the messages (verbal, physical or visual) that children are exposed to have some bearing on where kids are today and explain, to some degree, why their behaviour is so complicated. We cannot fool with Mother Nature and we have been trying to do that for decades now.

As I have said to anyone who wants to discuss this: “don’t try to change me into someone you want me to be because it makes YOU feel better.” Can we not see and accept each other as human beings first and then sit down and be less threatening about how we can get along more comfortably with each other instead of one telling the other what they have to change before we can find any harmony in our relationships. What is inherent or intrinsic or innate is what it is. No one has the right to dictate terms about how that will be managed.

Anyways, that’s how I see it.


10 Of My Favourite Quotes:

Here are 10 of my favourite quotes. I see them as life lessons that we can learn some important life changing ideas from. Enjoy.

1. Buddha was asked, “What have you gained from meditation?” He replied, “Nothing!”   “However,” Buddha said, “let me tell you what I have lost: Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Insecurity, Fear of Old Age and Death.”

2. Life ends when you stop dreaming. Hope ends when you stop believing. Love ends when you stop caring. Friendship ends when you stop sharing—Unknown

3. A blind person asked St. Anthony, “Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?” He replied, “Yes, losing your vision!”–Unknown

4. Society has gotten to the point where everybody has a right but nobody has a responsibility—Unknown

5. Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his             advice—Charles Kettering

6. “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both”—Benjamin Franklin

7. Trust is not the problem but rather our choice of who we choose give it to—JC

8. The man who dies rich, dies disgraced—Andrew Carnegie

9. For every mistake there is an opportunity to learn. Which one is best to focus on—JC

10. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car–Unknown

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