Man and Dog

Maurice Sendak and his German shepherd Herman. Love. #gsd
Maurice Sendak and his German shepherd, Herman.

Man and Dog

Siegfried Sassoon

Who’s this—alone with stone and sky?
It’s only my old dog and I—
It’s only him; it’s only me;
Alone with stone and grass and tree.

What share we most—we two together?
Smells, and awareness of the weather.
What is it makes us more than dust?
My trust in him; in me his trust.

Here’s anyhow one decent thing
That life to man and dog can bring;
One decent thing, remultiplied
Till earth’s last dog and man have died.

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Good old Sassoon! Remember reading him in English class? All those sad poems about WWI? I like this one much more than the battlefield ones. (And isn’t that photo of Sendak and his dog sweet? He had German shepherds all his life, apparently.)

Happy Friday!

Silent, devoted companionship

Sweet old corgi face. © Anthony Helton, Purple Collar Pet Photography
© Anthony Helton, Purple Collar Pet Photography

“I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent, devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.”

Doris Day

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I think we all know it’s true! Hope you have great weekends and some moments of meaningful connection with your dog.

Accident of nature

E.B. White and his dachshund. Source: Letters of Note.

“A really companionable and indispensable dog is an accident of nature. You can’t get it by breeding for it, and you can’t buy it with money. It just happens along.”

E.B. White

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Friday post coming a day early today, as I’m having a slightly longer weekend, traveling and such tomorrow. Looking forward to the arrival of spring!

My perpetual society

First edition cover of Virginia Woolf's biography of Flush. Click for source.

“He & I are inseparable companions, and I have vowed him my perpetual society in exchange for his devotion.”

— Elizabeth Barrett Browning on Flush

Happy Thanksgiving weekend, everyone! I’ll be out of commission for the rest of the week and am looking forward to spending some quality time with Dublin & Co. and Aoive. Hope your weekend is peaceful and bright. See you Monday.

Nature’s answer

The animal that will respond to your voice. Source: Miles to Style

“The loneliness and solitude of man can be dispersed by spiritual intercourse, but man is of the earth, too, and Nature lives in him and holds him fast. She is his mother, and just as in all young things that stray from home there is a yearning after associations which recall the color and the atmosphere of the old home now lost, so does the solitary man seek Nature, a life in Nature; Nature’s answer, the animal that understands his voice and respond to it.”

— F.J.J. Buytendijk, The Mind of the Dog (quoted in The Art of Raising a Puppy, by the Monks of New Skete)