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September 23rd, 2001
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I am not afraid of anything in this world
I emptied out the truck yesterday, which contained the boxes from my cube, plus a few shelf-feet of books which had been lurking at Erik's. One of the books was Donald McCaig's Nop's Hope, which contains this passage. I think of it every time I call Sable "eternal canine optimism":

Dogs are notorious for hope. Dogs believe that this morning, this very morning, may begin a day of fascination, easily grander than any day in the past. Perhaps the work did go badly yesterday, perhaps the humans are wild with sulks and rages, but this morning can yet be saved: don't humans understand anything?

Every morning, in dog pounds all over America, hundreds of dogs awake to their last day with gladness in their hearts.

Today I am finishing up the laundry, and cleaning the house. School tomorrow.

Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: U2, All That You Can't Leave Behind

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Date:September 23rd, 2001 07:14 pm (UTC)
That last line makes me happy and sad all at the same time. (I don't make a very good dog.)

But: humans are so *lucky* in their companion animals, and especially dogs. They fit us so well, but they show us their own perspective.

It's that joy that is so very lovable.
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Date:September 25th, 2001 08:59 am (UTC)
Wow. That's quite the quote.

Yeesh... now I'm crying. I remember those last couple of months, waking up to see Fezzik calmly lying outside on a freezing porch because he always prefered being out in the really cold weather as it helped his swollen joints, and he was always so glad to watch the world wake up, every morning. He was always glad and always brave.


We'll get another one, sometime when we have the attention and time and ability to really take care of one again.
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