I AM A DOG, I WASN’T BORN TO…by Roberto Marchesini
The following are lines written by Prof. Roberto Marchesini, ethologist, philosopher and founder of SIUA (School of human-animal relationship studies), which effectively condense in a deep and eloquent way what ‘being a dog’ means. We believe that these lines are a wonderful living lesson that we can put into practice in order to relate to our dogs as best we can, by truly respecting them, growing alongside them and thanks to them.
I wasn’t born to lie idle on a sofa
or to be turned into a doll, a fetish to satisfy your needs
or to see my natural identity suppressed
or even to be deprived of my wish to collaborate with the group.
I am not your child, but neither am I one of your machines.
I love the smell of dead leaves, wet grass and droppings I get intoxicated breathing in all that disgusts you but I cannot stand your perfumes.
I seek a freedom that you do not understand a freedom that may seem to you a bond because it means participation and the definition of roles.
The hardest effort for me is inactivity.
I feed off your assurance, I need it like the air I breathe.
I want you close but not morbidly so,
I want you to take me along through engagement with life, and the desire to do things.
I am the other side of the coin that you have lost.
Find it…and you will find me too.
by Roberto Marchesini
(Translated by Isobel Deeley)https://www.facebook.com/roberto.marchesini http://www.siua.it
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