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"All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost......" J.R.R. Tolkein

I could never explain the affinity I have always had for animals. I don't really understand it myself, but it is there nonetheless. I feel very connected to them and very protective of them and they touch a place deep within my soul. So much so that as a child I was always bringing home strays and finding homes for them. In high school I accepted the "F" in Anatomy and Physiology rather than dissect the cat. It was not a fashionable thing to do in 1968 and I didn't receive a lot of support, but it was something I felt that strongly about. I belong to various animal organizations. My real dream is to open a home for lost, hurt or abandoned animals. I am a vegetarian for almost twelve years now.

I think we often forget how kind the animals of this world are to us, and how patient. Unlike people, animals rarely, if ever, attack without provocation, and never kill for the sheer pleasure of it. Yet animals have the capacity to do us great harm if they so desired. Perhaps we can learn something from them.

The animals of this world have been entrusted to us, to our care, and we have failed miserably at it. They are abused, neglected and yes, tortured as well. Considering that they have the capacity to feel, as we do, it is a travesty. There is not an animal that will build a city nor send a ship to the moon. They will not figure into progress, as we know it. That does not mean they should be used or abused by us.

Perhaps they will figure into the progress of the human soul, when we can evolve to the place where we treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Although mankind has made great strides in creating a progressive and technical society, our technological and scientific advancements have far exceeded our capacity for understanding and compassion.

On the next page, I have provided some answers to questions you might have. Subsequent pages contain links to organizations that help animals. Please visit these sites for more information on what you can do to help. Additional areas in this section include an editorial on Xenografts by yours truly, writings devoted to animals and the feelings they evoke in others, information on the breed of dog known as the Chinese Shar Pei and a bit about my own dogs as well. Not to forget the section on training your dog. It's not really just about training for within the lessons you will find my philosophies and feelings and how I relate to mankinds best friend. Don't leave without visiting the gifts page. It's a gift for you and for the animals. Spread the word by posting a button at your site. Spread the word and show that you support animals and their welfare.

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Cowardice asks the question, is it safe?
Expediency asks the question, is it politic?
Vanity asks the question, is it popular?
But conscience asks the question, is it right?

There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor popular,
but he must take it because his conscience tells him that it is right.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.    

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