“But I want to extol not the sweetness nor the placidity of the dog, but the wilderness out of which he cannot step entirely, and from which we benefit. For wilderness is our first home too, and in our wild ride into modernity with all its concerns and problems we need also all the good attachments to that origin that we can keep or restore.

Dog is one of the messengers of that rich and still magical first world.”

From “The Summer Beach,” Dog Songs, Mary Oliver

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