The Talking Dog

My guide dog Nira is now snoring having just had her pain medication. The poor girl has a ten inch incision on her belly and lower chest and while its healing properly the whole thing is red and swollen. At night she has to wear a plastic cone on her head to prevent her from licking the staples. And despite all this she wags her tail. I marvel. 


And I marvel at the little dog, “Harley” who is solicitous of his big sister. He walks up to her and touches his nose to her face. He wants the big dog “back” so he can play tug of war. But he knows something’s up. Dogs are compassion engines. He knows. 


Yes dogs are compassion engines and people can learn a lot from them. 


Emily Dickinson said :“Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.” I have not been able to find any record of Emily’s dog. My own say many things. 

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