As we celebrate the start of summer, let’s remember the importance of showing love and respect to our fellow human beings. As someone who studies both human and animal behavior, I’m always looking for parallels between the two. Although I tend to focus my studies on animals in the wild, I also enjoy observing the behaviors of my dog. One of the most inspiring things about her is the fact that she always approaches other dogs with love and respect. She wags her tail and invites them to play, even though they may have never met before. Although relationships between human beings are more complex than those between dogs, we can still learn from their behavior. We can focus on the similarities we share as living, breathing human beings while acknowledging and celebrating our differences.
To celebrate love, tolerance, and acceptance, this month’s poem, inspired by Emily Dickinson’s “I’m Nobody! Who Are You?”, is all about friendship… from the perspective of a dog!
By Katie Gilstrap
that other doggies do.
a doggie after all!
with life and love abound!