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I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and
religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
invited to read every quote posted for each theme, or simply to read those that interest you. They are
offered in the belief that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and that finding the commonality
in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
individual and uplifts the community. However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let
us meet regularly and build a spiritual network. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
On Today's Theme:
Is there a more non-judgmental look than the gaze of a dog, especially when
it is directed at his owner? We can learn much from these adoring, adorable
hunks of fur. They approach each morning as if it were their first, last and
Their enthusiasm knows no limits; their devotion is unflagging.
Dogs are mirrors of our society as well. When a society begins to humanize
their pets it often indicates too much affluence and a spiritual weakness.
How odd that those same societies can simultaneously mistreat dogs by way
of dog races, dog fights and puppy mills. Today's site includes a special video,
courtesy of Animal Inventory TV. Many thanks to them for covering the subject
of greyhound racing through the relationship of a woman and her greyhound
rescue. She's making the world a better place for these wonderful dogs.
- Lisa Bowman
We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical
concept of animals. We patronize them for their incompleteness,
for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves.
And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be
measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours
they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the
senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall
never hear. They are not our brethren, they are not underlings,
they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and
time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.
Excerpted from "The Outermost House,"
by Henry Beston (1888-1968)
American naturalist and author
- Note from Lisa on a special video -
The video below is used by permission from Lisa Brown, creator of Animal Inventory TV.
In addition to her own web show, she works with Helping Hands, an organization placing
specially trained monkeys as assistants with people dealing with severe spinal cord injuries
and other mobility impairments. Lisa is a woman devoted to animals. Please enjoy
this touching video segment concerning dog racing taken from her web site.
Click Here for Animal Inventory TV : Greyhound Racing Episode
First, an introduction from Lisa Brown, Creator of Animal Inventory TV:
Animal Inventory TV is a web show that explores the bonds between humans and other animals.
In our second episode, we had the unique opportunity to tell a very touching personal story,
while also having the potential to impact legislation about dogs. The episode is about
Christine Dorchak, an animal lover who co-founded Grey2k -- an organization that strives to end
the cruel practice of greyhound racing. The episode was originally posted in late October, and
on November 4th, 2008, there was a ballot initiative in Massachusetts to ban greyhound racing.
Thankfully, the initiative passed, and greyhound racing will be phased out of Massachusetts
over the next two years. This episode is a testament to Christine's incredible strength and
commitment, and a tribute to the dogs who have inspired her along the way.
For more information about Animal Inventory TV, please visit Animal Inventory TV
Jack and Grace Johnson
If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures
from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men
who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)
Patron saint of animals
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be
judged by the way its animals are treated.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
Spiritual and political leader of India
An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.
Martin Buber (1878-1969)
Jewish author and philosopher
If your heart were right, then every creature would be
a mirror of life and a book of holy teaching.
There is no creature so small and abject
but it reflects the goodness of God.
Thomas a Kempis (1381-1471)
German monk and author
...and now, The Last Word:
Yuki Rae Parker
The reason a dog has so many friends
is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.
Random Bonus Quote:
Ever consider what dogs think of us? I mean, here we come back
with the most amazing haul -- chicken, pork, half a cow -- they
must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!
Anne Tyler (1941- )
Pulitzer Prize-winning US author