Over the years I knew her she always looked at me like that - as though I was a quite pleasant but amusing object - and it always did the same thing to me. It's difficult to put into words but perhaps I can best describe it by saying that if I had been a little dog I'd have gone leaping and gambolling around the room wagging my tail furiously.
A farmer once told me one of the greatest luxuries of his life was to wake up early only to go back to sleep again.
At times it seemed unfair that I should be paid for my work; for driving out in the early morning with the fields glittering under the first pale sunshine and the wisps of mist still hanging on the high tops.
I could do terrible things to people who dump unwanted animals by the roadside.
And the peace which I always found in the silence and emptiness of the moors filled me utterly
Dogs like to obey. It gives them security.
I am never at my best in the early morning, especially a cold morning in the Yorkshire spring with a piercing March wind sweeping down from the fells, finding its way inside my clothing, nipping at my nose and ears.
Animals are unpredictable things, and so our life is unpredictable. It's a long tale of little triumphs and disasters and you've got to really like it to stick it.
Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.
If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.
Last Update: 27 November 2022
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