It’s no surprise to us all that Jane Goodall, the woman who taught us all about the lives and world of chimpanzees, likes dogs. My presumption is, and I am hoping this is not a stretch, that she like most animals. In any case, I was reading an article in the FINANCIAL TIMES about her yesterday and thought I’d share with you some of the great things she does say about our canine friends and her philosophy:
Since our mission at Brandy and Val, LLC is “to do good where good is needed,” we love that she says that “each of us can make a difference every day” She has recently focused her mission on conversation through a global program called ”Roots and Shoots” where she urges the under 20+ set to help other animals and the environment. Since they are the next generation inheriting the planet and being responsible for what happens to it, we say, you go girl!
With regard to dogs, we’ll just simply quote: ”…dogs are my favorite because of the deep relationship they have with us. There’s something about having a dog in a room full of people that just illustrates that so well. It opens the heart. And if it doesn’t they’re not the sort of people I want to know.” I’ve always wondered who you can like or trust people who don’t like animals or plants.
Try this on for size: ”I get so upset by the way people think that in order to train a dog you’ve got to have dominance and that you’ve got to have instant obedience.” Despite what everyone says, I personally have never had any animal where I stress dominance. I really try to create a symbiotic environment where I’m thought of as the pack leader and mutual respect and boundaries are fostered. Somehow it works. I, for one, also really get upset with the crating mentality. Sorry to you all who truly believe in it and give me the mantra that their dogs “like it” because they know it’s their space and they have to have a safe zone. Guess what? Brandy and Val each have their own beds and when they want their own space, it’s all theirs. They also have never been crated in our house. Try giving them a room when you leave if being cordoned off is required. I don’t know and maybe it’s just dumb luck but they are very well behaved and when in public areas, my husband and I are always being complimented on how calm they are. Perhaps it’s the love, attention, respect we give them, in addition to the training they’ve had that creates this environment and adds to their happiness and well-being? It’s worked for me and all the other pets/dogs I’ve ever had.
And finally, remember this one as your pup chases after the rabbit or chipmunk in your yard: “He’s not naughty, he’s just being a dog.” Brandy and Val like that one the most since I tend to get a little flustered when they try to play cat and mouse with the locals!
Ms. Goodall, thanks for all the work you do and the wise, insightful world you’ve opened up to us all on how we look at and treat animals. To learn more about her work, visit the site of the Jane Goodall Institute.
Brandy and Val work hard to make the world a better place for its’ current and future inhabitants. It is through their work as pet therapy dogs and through the sales of their books and toys that benefit animal shelters that they try to accomplish this.