say hi to everyone; it's so beautiful. They know what you need and are
very therapeutic because they know who needs love. For example, there
are programs in hospitals and homes for the elderly and for sick children
where they bring dogs in to just love the people. Whoever the dog puts
its paws on or licks feels much better afterwards, because they feel
loved. Animals love unconditionally! Even though they might never see
you again, they'll give you everything, the whole thing. A dog licks
whomever he loves.
cats especially know exactly what's going on. So they come and touch
the people who need it. The dogs who visit homes and hospitals are already
trained, so they're not too unruly. They just come to visit the old
people or the children or the terminally ill and make the people feel
great. The patients love it so much that they keep asking for more.
Because dogs have this gift: They can communicate love without having
to say or do anything. We can keep saying "I love you" the
whole day long and still no one believes us. Maybe it's because we don't
mean what we say!
can't know the inside of a dog because dogs don't talk. We can't even
understand each other as humans so it's very difficult for a human to
understand the inside of a dog. That's why, after a while a person might
say, "This dog is no good," and throw the dog out. The animal
shelters are full of dogs ready to die. If people don't adopt them,
after only one day to a week, they can be killed.
take time; they just want to kill things. They don't understand that
it's a living being, and after a while, the dog messes up. If you don't
train them well, they misbehave. Then the person gets fed up because
the dog might chew the furniture and other things. Most people don't
even know that dogs need toys. They also need company and time to play
with their owners, and not just eat food and guard the house. Even guard
dogs need affection just like anyone else.
if you take in a lone dog or a cat, they in turn take you as a partner
or family member. Sometimes they even fall in love with you or at least
become very, very attached to you. So if you're the one who's the partner
and you don't care for his or her emotional needs, of course he'll become
destructive or depressed and grow to be very undisciplined. And then
we blame the dog for being bad.
a dog be good if it's tied at the neck all day long sitting in the sun,
unable to go anywhere or do anything? The dog doesn't have company and
doesn't have love, only food. Even we humans don't live just for food.
Also, we know of many things we can do; we can do anything we want.
We have a lot of choices to help diffuse our depression or loneliness,
and even then we complain that we're lonely, isolated and so on.
so many choices. We can pursue as many activities as we want, but dogs
can't! If you tie a dog to a tree, what's he going to do? Or, what if
you cage him all day long until you come home at night or just lock
him up inside the house eighteen hours a day? Then you come home, give
him a little food, pat him on the head and say, "Good boy"
and then "Good night!" So, a lot of people just take dogs
or cats in, thinking they're like toys. They call them pets or toys,
but they're not. They're wonderful beings. They have so many gifts that
we don't have. People don't realize that, and they treat animals really
In the Bible,
God said, "I will make the animal as your helper," meaning
our friend. That's why we should never eat them or mistreat them because
God's intention in creating animals was to help us. They help in different
ways, similar to a shepherd. But you have to train them in their profession.
Even with a shepherd, you have to train him in how to herd your sheep.
train dogs for hunting, killing and so on, which is no good. If people
leave their dogs outside and don't really take care of them, they can
become flea or tick infested and they suffer a lot. But since they can't
talk and can't take care of themselves, they rely only on their owners.
And they're so loyal and faithful that they won't go anywhere, even
to seek help. So if we're the solely responsible person and we neglect
him or her, it's very cruel. It's not human.
If you don't
want them, you'd better not have them, and if you have them you'd better
treat them nicely. It's a lot of work, but the reward is that they love
you eternally. They'd lay down their lives for you if it came to that.
When I read
stories about animals, I can't help but love them. Apart from having
love for all beings, these kinds of stories touch your heart and make
you love them more. So the people who neglect animals or who don't know
how to treat them properly are just ignorant. They don't know about
dogs, about the inside nature of these wonderful beings. They think
they're just animals. Maybe because they're smaller than we are, we
look down on them. But that's not right.