We are in the midst of the blistering, sticky Dog Days (July 3-August 15). The ancient Greeks believed that Sirius, the Dog Star, the brightest star in the night sky, caused the sultry weather.
To satisfy the rage of Sirius, they would sacrifice a dog at the beginning of this hot weather period.
Such animal sacrifice would not go over well with writer Cleveland Amory, an animal rights supporter and founding president of the nonprofit organization, Fund for Animals. His quote today celebrates the innate goodness of animals.
"Animals are in possession of themselves," observed German philosopher Georg Hegel, "their soul is in possession of their body."
"Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet," praised writer Colette.
And comic Gilda Radner agreed: "I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive."
Animals know how to live in the moment.