1. 10

    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.

  2. 9

    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.

  3. 8

    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.

  4. 7

    I could do terrible things to people who dump unwanted animals by the roadside.

  5. 6

    And the peace which I always found in the silence and emptiness of the moors filled me utterly

  6. 5

    Dogs like to obey. It gives them security.

  7. 4

    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.

  8. 3

    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.

  9. 2

    Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.

  10. 1

    If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.

  11. Last Update: 27 November 2022

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