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!


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)