Friday, February 4, 2011
The Natural Life
The romantic school girl fell in love with the island beauty, a place to be in harmony with nature. Clever canines popped into her life. Were they the carriers of the ancient wisdom of her Indian ancestors?
She had learned a lot from and about dogs in her lifetime. For some people the attraction to an animal is so strong, it must be spiritual or you’re just bleeping nuts. Some days it is difficult to tell.
Watching nature at work teaches us about the simple rhythms of nature that we live with, but don’t think about when they work. For example, when a rodent population becomes large, predators move in for a feast.
Coyotes will sing, when they hit the treasure of a rodent colony. The wildness of their yips is scary and exciting. It engages the wild in us, so we don’t invite the coyote in for a cup of kibble.
The island dogs, our satos, hang around all day. They are thin. Many pets get thrown out. They don’t do well unless they hook up with experienced satos. What people do with their pets is another sad tale. Life for the island predators is no more difficult than that of their continental counter parts.
Dogs are energetically and spiritually connected to us. It is important to take care of them, but we must know them for the animal they are. It is apparent that the pets they have become do not have the proper respect of all.