I am a big fan of Cesar Millan - the dog whisperer.
And I understand when he says don't try and make a human out of a dog. Rather give it structure, balance and guidance - the same treatment it would receive in a pack.
But I wonder - do dogs (and other animals) have feelings - human feelings? Do they love, hate, cry, mourn, delight, sulk and possibly hold a grudge?
And can they understand (human) language?
Perhaps we should be careful what we say around animals... just in case they can understand us :-)
Dogs are, after all, man's best friend - I know I've had at least 3 canine best friends in my life. And I am richer for having known them. I hope they felt the same.
"Self-sufficiency does not mean 'going back' to the acceptance of a lower standard of living. On the contrary, it is the striving for a higher standard of living, for food that is organically grown and good, for the good life in pleasant surroundings... and for the satisfaction that comes from doing difficult and intricate jobs well and successfully." John Seymour ~ Self Sufficiency 2003