“To mark a friend’s remains these stones arise; I never knew but one, and here he lies.”
~ Lord Byron
The above quote is inscribed on a monument erected to Lord Byron’s dog, Boatswain. The epitaph describes the one whose remains lie nearby. He possessed “Beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, and all the virtues of man without his vices.”
I am a lover of animals and children; we always had a house full of both. Adults, I have problems with sometimes. I try to remember they were children once, too. A book of poetry I am reading basically says the same thing. A poem about a cat finishes with, “For the name of the kitten was love.” I wish as humans we could have such unconditional love between us as we do with our pets.
The Bible tells us to learn from the animals, but when will the day come that we become better students?
Dog is God spelled backward, and lifeline is three-fourths feline. Get the message?