Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.
I let the dog out, or I let him in, and we talk some. I let him know I like him, and he lets me know he likes me.