James Herriot, the late British Veterinarian and beloved author, once replied in response to a dying woman’s inquiry about animals joining their masters in the afterlife…“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”
My family and I have shared in the lives of many canine, feline, and equine companions. I firmly believe that the human-animal connection is a powerful one, given to us as a celebration of the love of our creator, the Spirit of the Day and Night. Many of my friends would quarrel with me about this subject, insisting that only humans have souls and therefore God’s Blessing.
In doing a bit of research for this posting, I stumbled upon a funny visual display of this very argument and wanted to share it because it packs such a punch:
What are YOUR thoughts? My guess is that if you’re visiting our blog, and happen to be a long-standing fan of books about dogs or even animals in general, then you share my sentiments and those of so many others like the immortal Will Rogers… “if there are no dogs in heaven, then I want to go where they went!”