A Tribute To Dogs

by Patrick Liew on August 20, 2019

A Tribute To Dogs

Dogs can be some of our best of friends.

They can be loyal to us, love us, and serve us.

Moreover, they can also feel sad for us and defend us.

Hence, they have been used as metaphors to teach us positive values, behaviors and aspirations.

And show us many positive ways to live and to love ourselves.

Dogs can better welcome us and be more excited about relating to us than many humans.

They can even show more love and affection than some of our friends.

When we go through a setback, our pet dogs will never laugh at us and look down on us.

They can also share our pain and sorrow.

In addition, they may do all kinds of funny tricks and even make a fool of themselves to console us, and make us laugh and become happy.

What’s more, dogs do not plan to hurt or destroy us.

They don’t invent and deploy weapons of mass destruction and go to war against us.

They don’t gossip, grouse and gripe about their own kind.

They don’t torture, backstab, con, sue, threaten, curse, abuse, insult, and commit wrongdoings against each other.

They don’t complain and make each other feel depressed about life.

They don’t go online and hide under cloaks of anonymity to carry out cyber bullying and other abuses.

They don’t flame each other cruelly and throw barbs at each other to hurt each other.

Right from the beginning of time, we have been ordained by our Creator to look after animals.

In God’s words: “Let us make humans in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”‘ (Genesis 1:26)

Therefore, animals have every right to co-exist with us.

They should be treated with love, compassion, and care.

I cannot imagine a world without animals, including dogs.

They have not only every right to co-exist with us, they should also be treated with love, compassion, and care.

Without animals, we may slip into an abyss of loneliness, and our very existence may even be threatened.

That’s why part of our value system, standards of ethos, and morality should also include how we live with and treat animals.

As Mahatma Gandhi would say, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

We can’t have nobility and dignity if we do not extend it to the animal kingdom.

And neither can we claim to have love in our heart if we have no love for animals.

We can never be truly in touch with our souls if we do not realize that animals can suffer pain and sorrow like us.

Hence, we should be sensitive to how we treat animals and we should defend them when they are being badly treated.

When they are abused, we should never stand by and do nothing about it.

Perhaps, the Golden Rule should also apply here.

Don’t do to others what you don’t want others to do to you.

A quote from Immanuel Kant comes to mind: “We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”

For all the virtues and strengths that we have, we make ourselves less than a human when we abuse animals.

We lower ourselves to one of the worst denominators when we do all kinds of barbaric and wicked acts on them.

In the words of William Penn: “I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness or abilities that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

When we save an animal, and learn to live with animals and love them, we are not just keeping another animal alive.

We demonstrate an act of compassion, kindness and inspiration to teach our children and our children’s children what it means to be humane.

We leave behind a wonderful legacy of love that can help us work towards a better world.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

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