Wednesday, September 03, 2008


I am reading a book by the author Vergil S. Holland, “Herding Dogs Progressive Training”, and it has this lovely start.


GOD SUMMONED a beast from the fields and He said “Behold
people created in my image. Therefore adore them. You shall protect them in the
wilderness, shepherd their flocks, watch over their children, accompany them
wherever they may go – even into civilization. You shall be a companion, an
ally, a slave.
“To do these things,” God said, “I endow you with instincts
uncommon to their beasts: faithfulness, devotion and understanding surpassing
people. Lest it impair your courage, you shall never foresee your death. Lest it
impair your loyalty, you shall be blind to faults of people. Lest it impair your
understanding, you are denied the power of words. Let no fault of language
cleave an accord beyond that of people with any other beast – or even people
with other people. Speak to your people only with your mind through your honest
“Walk by their sides; sleep in their doorways; forage for them; ward of
their enemies; carry their burdens; share their afflictions; love them and
comfort them. And in return for this, people will fulfil your needs and wants –
which shall be only food, shelter and affection.
“So be silent, and be a
friend to people. Guide them along the way to this land that I have promised
them. This shall be your destiny and your immortality.” So spoke the
And the dog heard and was

Author Unknown

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