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Philosophy
UserpicBrenin, Nina, and Memory
03.04.09

Here's a photo I'm going to talk about in my next few posts (which I'll hopefully get to over the weekend). It's of Brenin, my wolf (or wolf dog), and Nina, my GSD/malamute mix, taken at Inchydoney Beach in County Cork, Ireland sometime (I believe) in the autumn of '97. 

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I love this picture for so many reasons. But in the posts to follow, I'll (seemingly miraculously) connect it up with the question I asked about about Rilke in my previous post. (At least I hope I will - if you don't hear any more about this, then you'll know the idea didn't work out). Hint: the connection lies in something the picture does not contain. 

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No Userpiccorona@52
05.05.14
This photo is amazing. Half way through the Philosopher and the Wolf now, amazing insight into my own mind actually, not what I expected, cheers.

UserpicMark Rowlands
08.07.11
Hi Giorgos, Thank you so much for your generous comments. I'm sorry to hear of your health issues. If my book was of ay help to you, then I am happy I wrote it.

No Userpicgiorgos
24.06.11
hello,
i just finished the book (the philosopher and the wolf/ the greek translation)
i liked it very much, i've been through hard times recently (health issues) and i found your book really helpful and inspiring, especially the last chapter is glorious. it filled me with courage and determination to make it through the bad times.
thank you Sir.

No UserpicPatrick hannot
25.04.11
This is nice to see this picture when I am just finishing your book (The philosopher and the woolf) in its french translation. Thank you for sharing.

UserpicMark Rowlands
28.03.11

Thanks, again, Pauline. Mark



UserpicMark Rowlands
28.03.11

Hi Anne, Thanks for getting in touch, and I apologize for taking so long to get back to you. I'm really pleased to hear you liked the book. Thnaks so much for the high praise! Say hello to your border collies for me - and to Cork if you ever get back there. All the best, Mark


 


 


  


 



UserpicMark Rowlands
28.03.11

Thanks Ella. I'm delighted to hear you liked the book so much, and am really grateful you decided to share this with me. I wish you all the very best with your dreams. Mark



No UserpicElla
24.03.11

All i want to say is that your book inspired me, it inspired me to be a better person and i wish so much I could of met Brenin and Nina and Tess because from what I've read they seem amazing. I don't think I've ever cried so much at a book before! You really opened up my eyes to philosophy and to the unique world of the wolf. I have a dream to work with wolves one day and after reading The philosopher and the wolf I want to achieve my dream more than ever.


Thank-you



No UserpicAnne
06.03.11
Hi Pauline,

no, of course I don't mind your comments; in fact, you are probably right. Certainly I'd agree about the fish quotas, which are shameful.

I do eat prawns and scallops etc. but for me, their suffering-and I accept that I cannot know for certain how much they suffer- is in no way comparable with the horrific conditions intensively farmed chickens have to endure to supply 'fresh' chicken to KFC etc.
Nor is it comparable to the plight of pigs who have to live out their miserable lives in holding pens too narrow to move in.

Also, I would catch and eat shellfish myself, were I hungry enough.
I doubt there are any circumstances under which I would kill a pig, for example. So I don\\\'t eat them.

Good for you for being (I presume) completely vegetarian. It is the more logical stance, of course.

Anne



UserpicPauline
06.03.11
Hi Anne,

I hope you don't mind me passing comment on the issue of eating fish. I also have had short spells of fish eating, but have found deterrent in the knowledge of the length of time they take to die (the equivalent of our suffocating to death). It will be varying amounts, depending on the type of fish - but inevitably several minutes. Not enough is known about their nervous systems (can we ever really know what another creature feels?) to know how much they suffer. Any time I see them flapping around helplessly (for what seems to be some time), I am impelled to urge their return to their natural environment. I find it too excrutiating to watch.

There is also the fact that millions of fish are killed and chucked back into the sea dead, as a result of fishing regulation.

I agree though that this is probably better than eating an animal that has been bred and killed soley for the purpose of food. If only they could be killed quickly.

Pauline

No UserpicAnne
06.03.11
Hi Mark,

I also loved your book, 'The Philosopher and the Wolf'. I'm very fond of dogs (we've 2 border collies who are fiercely intelligent and quite lovely) and your descriptions of Ireland (I'm from Cork so knew well the beaches so wrote about) were great but I liked best your description of your conversion to vegetarianism after Brenin ate your car upholstery.

I haven't eaten meat (though do eat some fish, not farmed) since I was a teenager and yours is the best articulation of the reason for vegetarianism I have ever read, and I have read Jonathan Safran Foer's book, so that is saying something.

'The vital interests animals have in avoiding miserable lives and horrible deaths outweigh the relatively trivial interests humans have in the pleasures of the palate'.

You articulated what I have always felt, but could not put in words. So thanks for that.

Anne



UserpicPauline
12.02.11
I've just bought the downloadable (unabridged) version, so will enjoy listening to it on the long train journey I have to work these days (as I have been doing with a range of books, lectures, debates, poetry, etc. - a productive way to pass the time, and relaxing alternative to reading, when very tired).

UserpicMark Rowlands
06.02.11
Hi Bryony, Thanks very much for your kind words. I hope you enjoyed the second half of the book too. All the best, Mark

No UserpicBryony
26.01.11
Hi Mark, Bryony here, have to say I wish I could\\\'ve met Brenin and Nina, they look wonderful in this shot, I am halfway through your book, just passed the chapter where you talk about Brenin and the electric fence, Your book really has moved me and I haven\\\'t even finished it, I just wanted to say that I love it and wish that when I can eventually get a dog I\\\'ll have one that is as interesting and funny as Brenin is, although I don\\\'t think you are allowed wolf hybrids in great britain... thanks for publishing your book though, keep up the good work

xXx bryony xXx

No Userpicdonata villari
19.12.10


Dear Mark,

I loved your book .
I am unable to xpress the armony I felt reading Brenin's story and your considerations about human nature .
I work in the university and there is a lot of monkeys around me , like every where .

I apologize for my poor english ( I 'm italian)

Thank you ,
sincerely
Donata from Florence

UserpicMark Rowlands
20.11.10
Thank you, Alessandro. M

No UserpicAlessandro
15.10.10

hi there!

I'm reading the book, i'm really enjoy it! I thought that maybe on internet I could find a picture of Brenin, and here it is!!!
so far I've tell already like 20 friends about the comparison "monkey-wolf" it's amaizing in how many daily activities you can apply the logic of this comparison. I'm eager to finished the book and the pass it to my girlfriend.

thanks for the picture!

Ciao

No UserpicCarolina
21.09.10
Hello Mark.

I am reading your book and I'm loving it. It is my new traveling fellow on the subway and train. One of the things that struck me is how you describe humans and animals. In fact, everything is a result of history and the animals are so capable of love as humans.
I have always believed that human beings are the most cruel animal that exists, becouse they have pleasure in seeing others suffer.

Congratulations,

Carolina, from Portugal. :)


No Userpicroberta
16.08.10
Hi Mark!

I\\\'m an italian kennel volunteer, and helping dogs and cats they teach me something everyday. So I understand what you say in your book. I\\\'ve just finished it.......I\\\'m enchanted from Brenin and your thoughts and concepts made me deeply think. So I thank you for sharing your brother Brenin, and what you learned from him, with us.

Roberta (from Milano)

No UserpicGuenievre
29.06.10
Hi Mark
I'm french so sorry for my english....
To introduce the first photography you said : "It's of Brenin my wolf (wolf dog)..."
Is Brenin 100% wolf or not? In the french translation do you use the word "loup" or "hybride" ?
Thanks very much for your answer
Have a good day


No UserpicSarah
13.05.10
Hi Mark,

I'm halfway through The Philosopher and the Wolf, it is a book that I cannot put down, which isn't often the case with me as I tend to get bored easily of a book! My one complaint is that there aren't any pictures of Brenin within the book! I was eager to read your book as soon as my bf was finished with it as I have always loved wolves and dogs. I have a young White gsd who is resting his head on my lap in a rather miserable mood after recently being castrated!

I came across your blog after googling you as I wanted to see photos of Brenin and your other dogs and also interested in other books you have wrote.

I'm grateful to you for sharing your experiences with your wolf and grateful to my boyfriend for recommending the book to me :)

UserpicMark Rowlands
13.05.10
Thanks very much, Irene. It's very good to hear from you. Please excuse the brevity of this response, I'm getting on a plane to France in a few hours time. Best wishes, Mark

No UserpicIrene
12.05.10
Mark,

I'm Irene. I've just read your book "The Philosopher and the Wolf", and I want you to know that I admire you, and to Brenin too. My feelings tell me that I know you, or I feel that way since I read your book.
I miss Brenin, although I didn't know him.
I'm from Spain, so I feel near from him.
Thank you for sharing your experiences with your wolf brother. You have done we love Brenin.
Thank you, Mark. When I see this photo from Brenin and Nina, I come back to your words and your stories with them...
(excuse my english, please)

Irene Collado

UserpicMark Rowlands
20.04.10
Thanks for your message, Melissa. I'm deeply sorry to hear of your loss, and if my book helped you in any small way, then I am grateful. Phoebe may not have been around for very long, but she was very lucky to have you. Mark

No UserpicMelissa Finch
20.04.10
Hi Mark,

I have just finished reading 'The Philosopher and the Wolf' and am proud to say it has been the most wonderful read of my life. For this i would like to thank you as i felt such a deep connection between myself, you and Brenin. When i started reading your book i had a 2 year old Alaskan Malamute named phoebe and worshipped the ground she walked, however before i finished your book she had died. She suffered with Addison's disease throughout her life and sadly passed away despite our efforts to keep her with us. Your book helped me through it and has changed my views on life as a whole. For this i am eternally grateful to you and wish you the best with where life takes you.

Thank you.

Melissa

UserpicMark Rowlands
08.04.10
Thnaks Susanna. Great to hear from you. And thanks for your kind words about the book. Mark

No UserpicSusanna Dabalà
07.04.10
Hi Mark, i've read your book with immense pleasure and fun because I like philsophy and because I am the proud "owner" (you never own that kind of wolf/dog) of two huskies. Both of them are no longer alive but when you have the opportunity of living with wolves or half wolves they will be forever living with you.
Thank you for having shared with us all those beautiful memories!! Susanna

UserpicMark Rowlands
05.03.10
Thanks Jason. I appreciate your kind words. M

No UserpicJason Mc
05.03.10
Mark,

Like many others, I've read and enjoyed 'The philosopher and the wolf' very much. I picked it up from a reference in the magazine of the UK wolf conservation trust which I have supported for a while. I've felt an affinity to wolves since a child. They have fascinated and impressed me for so long. I grew up with many dogs, but my lifestyle right now doesn't lend itself to a friend like that - dog or wolf, however some day soon...

Anyway, I wanted to add my thanks to you for taking the time and energy to share a little of Brenin. Your benefit is that I will probably buy more of your books ;), as the bits of philosophy drawn from 'the philosopher...' are good and your style very readable.

Good luck being a dad to your son Brenin too. I'm sure he will teach you as much about life.

Thanks again.

J.

UserpicMark Rowlands
01.03.10
Thanks Elaine. I'm delighted to hear you liked the book. Welcome to the site! M

No UserpicElaine H.
28.02.10
I've always loved dogs, but I first became interested in wolves after reading Farley Mowatt\\\'s \\\"Never Cry Wolf\\\" and since then have tried to absorb and read and watch everything I could about them. I absolutely loved reading the story of your life with Brenin, Nina and Tess. Then while I was looking for an image of a wolf running (your description fascinated me) I found a blog that so thoroughly trashed your book that it made me absolutely furious! Brenin - whether he was 100% wolf or not - demonstrated all the wolf characteristics and therefore he was wolf. I have a friend (in South Africa) with a grey timber wolf, Akela, who is 12 now. Listening to Carl\\\'s many stories about life with Akela, and how she stole chickens out of the fridge, even AFTER it was locked! - further endorsed the authenticity of Brenin\\\'s wolf breeding/heritage/lineage - call it what you will. I also understand the pain of losing Brenin - one can have many dogs (wolves) in your life, but there will always be one or two who stand above the rest. They are soulmates. Mine were Gloria and Norman, an English bulldog, and a tall black and tan terrier with a bit of Rottweiler, a bit of German Shepherd and a lot of something else! I was fortunate to have them in my life for 13,5 years (they both reached the same age and died one year apart). I still miss them every day of my life.
Now I\\\'m off to trawl YouTube to find a running wolf!
Looking forward to reading all your other books - you make philosophy very digestible.
Regards,
Elaine


No UserpicNicolas
25.11.09
Hola!!!, de casualidad encontre esta pagina, ya que estaba buscando alguna foto del querido Brenin, hace poco lei tu libro " El Filosofo y el Lobo ", y la verdad que me parecio hermoso, me dejo muchas enseñansas, vivir mas como el lobo, disfrutando el momento, dejando por un instante al simio intrigador que tenemos dentro. Entre tantas, espero que puedas entender mis palabras, ingles escrito CERO jajajaja pero bue ... Te agradesco de corazon por haberme alegrado la existencia con tus palabras y aquellas de ese hermano tan querido, aunque el no las haya tenido, si pudiera decirlas las hubiera dicho, llamado Brenin ...
Te escribo desde la ciudad de Rosario, provincia de Santa Fe, Argentina

No UserpicJorge
15.09.09
Hi Mark!!

Firstly, congratulations! I didn't know about you and your works, but one book was enough for me to admire your work and your writing style. Amazing!!

I'm from Mexico and I'm a student of architecture. I've always considered myself as a lover of philosophy, social sciences, nature and animals -above all-. If I came close to being an architect, was because since I was teenager I noticed how throughout the history of our planet, the human relations and all kinds of thinking that have led (from religious to philosophical mainly) always are reflected in buildings and monuments, often beautiful. Simply I can attach a large number of concepts in my projects :)

Well, a few weeks ago a friend gave me on my birthday "The Philosopher and the Wolf". Until today I have not asked him why he chose this book for me (guess because I like wolves hehehe). Just finished it and whatever the reason, it came into my life at the right time!!...
A couple of months back, my CockerSpaniel "Lucas" died by natural causes. He was an old dog (15 years!) and had from some ailments; two weeks later, my other dog, a Labrador-GoldenRetriever named "Hussein" died by an epileptic seizure, which according the doctor was because the strong impact that meant the death of his life's friend (he was really epileptic); but that was not the worst: then, because family and work reasons I had to leave my hometown city, which meant also leave the graves of Lucas and Hussein. Anyway, I was very sad (more than I'm now), and it was inevitable to think about them while I read your book... and sometimes I got the crying as unwanted guest.

However I love almost everything what you say in your book about the animal-human analogies with science! (I say "almost" because my dogs were dogs, not wolves :p). Somehow, your love for Brenin and your philosophical knowledge helped me to feel better the life and death of my dogs, although I would have liked more value a little more when they were with me. Thanks.

Now I have a question: do you know about wolf sales in my country?... Yes, it's a uncommon question and I'm not sure if you've been in my country to know what about the status of the animal protection here, but my wish to get a wolf grew to read the book! They are really one of my favorite animals and never hesitate to have one. I know that in EUA and Canada is easier to get some one or a hybrid than in Mexico, but here I can't find information about.

If you can help me... :)

Congratulations one more time!!

Jorge

UserpicMark Rowlands
11.09.09
Hi Jane,

I'm delighted to hear you liked the book. Yes, very similar life trajectory we seem to have had. You're right, I don't think we met in Cork. What were you studying?

Yes, the Fremch translation is, I am pleased to say (since it's the only translation I'll actually be able to read), is published next May (I believe). The publisher is Editions Belfond.

All the best,

Mark

UserpicMark Rowlands
11.09.09
Murray,

I'm very sorry to hear of the loss of Kimba. He sounds like an exceptional animal. If my book has in any way helped you, then I am glad I wrote it.

Very best wishes,

Mark

No UserpicJane
08.09.09
I have very much enjoyed your book "The Philosopher and the Wolf", and am delighted to find this forum where I can tell you so! Your insights, and thought-provoking reflections, have helped me in making the peace with a difficult episode in my life, an 'ungraceful' ending to a long and loving relationship with my labrador-cross, Giles. Your 'parcours' interests me too, as I grew up in the States, moved to Cork (I was doing graduate and post-grad studies at UCC the same time as you were there, but I don't think we met!), spent two years at Cambridge, then moved to France! Rather a simiilar itinerary!! (But I have not gone back to the US, to a cushy academic post!)

My lovely dog was 15 when I met and fell in love with my Frenchman, who has worked as a trainer of dogs (obediance and other competitions). Giles was never fully accepted or adopted in our life together, neither by my husband, nor by his beauceron, Rumba. When Giles died (or, in fact, when I had to live that very difficult episode of having him put to sleep, as you did), there was a coldness around the event, and my need for support, which was distressing, but rather pathetic also. It has rankled me ever since (four years now), but I live by a credo that love is unconditional, based on pardon and tolerance, and that it was, in fact, my own responsibility to fashion differently the unfolding of those hurtful events. Your book helped me somehow, to look again at those days, and to make a certain truce with myself and with my memories. Thank you so much for that.

I would so like to share your book with my husband. Is it available in French? (he does not speak English!) I have not been able to find it here.

Thank you, Jane



No UserpicMurray
17.08.09
Hi Mark,
I am half through your book and really appreciate it, not just for its insights thoughts and concepts, but for the opportunity to be with Brenin if only a tiny bit.
Your book is helping me as i am incredibly sad at the loss of Kimba (only 5). I called Kimba "my big white wolf" as he was a Maremma. Maremmas are obviously more dog than wolf, yet they have come from an environment where they had to think and fight (often wolves or bears) for themselves as they were trusted to be the guardians of the flocks. Kimba did learn how to train us to open the door by barking ( he was far more communiative than my Border Collies), but initially would attempt to open doors.

It is difficult to lose someone whose was young ans strong, but also someone whose instincts were based on ensuring his family were safe. He had to sleep in at night as he was bred (over thousands of years) to bark then fight, because of this he was always hearing noises (possible wolves) and would keep the neighbours up.
He loved to fight too (much like a schoolboy when he heard cries of fight), but would only do so if another dog picked him. Most would back down and he was very good at slaming them first with his chest then be on top of them.
Of a night Kimba would check all were in bed then scan the front window for 10 minutes before lying at the front door with an eye on all doors, while half asleep.
Each morning I wake expecting him to be there. Your book is helping, thanks again.

Murray

UserpicMark Rowlands
09.08.09
HI Lauren, Thnaks very much. If it was a help to you in any small way, then I am delighted I wrote this book.

UserpicMark Rowlands
09.08.09
Hi James. I really wouldn't do anything hasty. I don't know the details of her life, but it doesn't sound too bad to me. She has other dogs around. She's not on her own all the time. And she has an owner who loves her. It could be a lot worse.

Good questions about time. I'm writing about this at the moment, and I'll post as soon as it's ready. I think the key is the role of play ...

No UserpicLauren
09.08.09
Just finished The Philosopher and the Wolf. Such a great read! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and stories. They brought me clarity and a new meaning to my life. I will never be the same after having read your book and learning just some of the many lessons passed down from Brenin. The last two chapters really brought closure and also a start of a new chapter in my life. Thanks again to you and Brenin!!

No Userpicjames
07.08.09
Hi Mark,

I really appreciate the chance of communication with you, I just found this site whilst searching for pics of Brenin and yourself.

I've just this minute finished your book about your life with Brenin, I loved it, and it's made me realise that my own dog's life is very poor.

I'm thinking I should rehome her. I'm not just thinking this as a result of reading your book, I have seen the inadequacies in her life for a while now. I work and am away for 10 hours a day. I share with 2 flatmates, one of whom studies and is home a lot and has 2 dogs, and they make our pack. So she is never alone, however she is not really overenamoured by them, being very laid back to the extent she gets mugged off a lot in the attention stakes. I am her world.

She is nearly 5 and quarter wolf and such a beautiful amazing being, but I don't do her justice, and cannot whilst I live like this and cannot see myself changing the way I live. I didn't think things would be like this, single at 34, but they are, and I am. I'm thinking I'm being selfish by not rehoming her, while she still has the chance to get over me and live a good life. She deserves it, she is such a good dog

Sorry if I'm pouring my thoughts onto you, but it's something that I'm deliberating on for a while, the cost of possibly breaking her heart against the chance of her having a better life. Yes of course I shall miss her like crazy and may well break my own heart in the process, but if I know she'll have a better life then I can console myself.

Here she is in all her glory:

http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/3125/dscf0154a.jpg

I'm not asking for anything, just taking advantage of a link to a guy who's touching book I just read, though your thoughts are more than welcome.

James

PS.

Surely the meaning of life is to have children, simple as that, as our genes dictate, and everything else is a by-product, as is the art and culture you mentioned the by-product of a simian mind hell bent on being a deceivererer and a non-deceiverered.

And (sorry one more!), if dogs live such in the moment, how could Nina be so devastated when there were no pain du chocolate for her, how could she lay her head in your lap, if her arrows weren't flying their way towards the beach or the patisserie? Life in the moment, tainted by what's gone on before and what coloured by what's coming up ahead. Can any sentient being live purely in the moment? Surely living in the moment exists just in that moment, just as a cyclist may occasionally stop at a red light ( if the rozzers were there ) before carrying on his journey.



UserpicMark Rowlands
08.07.09
Good to hear from you, John. Thanks for your kind words about WOLF. I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed it. And thanks for your very thoughtful post which I shall have to give some thought.

UserpicJohn Pearce
06.07.09
Just put down Philospher and the Wolf...sadl;y… because ti ended at a beginning. Thank you so much for sharing those thoughts. I found it a powerful read, challenging and provocative and reassuring on many levels... I have just googled you to see how you (and your new family) are and found your blog... too good to miss a chance to communicate…. So much of what you write chimes with what I try to write and teach (and learn).... Your notion of the meaning of life being found in stressed moments and captured in the knowing of others is very powerful... I have tried to describe something similar to these as cartoon moments of life.... when somehow the essence of an idea, a thought, a sense of self, or a critical life forming happening comes into sharp focus... these stand out as images of import. It would be good to just sit and talk with you. I awoke last night struck (again) by the power of the word interdependence (as opposed to independence - which folks seem to bang on about incessantly as and end in itself... )

I see three states - dependence - independence and then the higher state - interdependence... The latter is echoed in the notion of "pack" and in philial love maybe? I was playing with the idea that if we are all dependent then there is obviously no hope... if we are all independent there is little hope... only by happenstance, perhaps. What is required is a true understanding of interdependence in a society. In my understanding, we willingly allow ourselves sometimes to be follower interdependents. That is, we let ourselves learn (as dependents) on the knowing/skilful other interdenpendents – we sublimate our simian need for stubborn independence (as we struggle to fail) and are helped and supported along. At other times we accept, or take the challenge of being leader interdependents and teach, support or challenge others to succeed through our superior knowledge, strength or will…. In neither case do interdependents see this as superiority of the self – or subodinacy - merely the power of the pack, the team, the family to help each orher – selflessly and appropriately. You did this with Brenin (I did this with my children and our dogs and our very bets friends. I want to develop this to argue that true interdependency is what we should strive to achieve in a “good” society… Does this chime at all? Either way thanks for being a thinker and striking resonances for me – I aspire to be a poet and a teacher and a sculptor and a thinker too….


UserpicRoland Voser
30.06.09
Hi,
I just wanted to let you know that at least the last third of your book was quite difficult to read. Because of the many tears. The wolf-story itself is very touching - but the essence of your key findings have just overwhelmed me. Because they are so true. So thank you very much for that.

I'm from Switzerland and I have read your book "The Philospher and the Wolf" in german and I wanted to know if there is a french translation available too. Thanks

UserpicRoland Voser
30.06.09
Hi,
I just wanted to let you know that at least the last third of your book was quite difficult to read. Because of the many tears. The wolf-story itself is very touching - but the essence of your key findings have just overwhelmed me. Because they are so true. So thank you very much for that.

I'm from Switzerland and I have read your book "The Philospher and the Wolf" in german and I wanted to know if there is a french translation available too. Thanks

UserpicMark Rowlands
22.06.09
Hey S. Thanks for getting in touch. I wish you may years of happiness with Koda.

No UserpicS. Rose
21.06.09
I love your book the Philosopher and the wolf of course i didn't discover it until after i had adopted my own wolf dog (more like he adopted me) i found your book very informative and quite touching and i now truly understand what kind of relationship develops between a person and a wolf.
Koda (my wolf dog) has been my best friend, brother, mentor, and child for some time now and i hope he will continue to be so for a long time to come. your book has helped me allot in raising him.
thank you

UserpicMark Rowlands
05.05.09
Thanks Susanne. I'm delighted to hear you like the book, and please pass on my best wishes to your bulldog and Belgian shepherd.=

No UserpicSusanne Hinze
05.05.09
Hi,
I am half through your book now and I am reading it in German... so you see we Germans love your wonderful Brenin too.
But above all I am thrilled to find an much educed mind than mine bickering with that damned animal and human seperation. I just had an discussion with others about that in a dog forum and felt somehow not really able to explain my own thoughts. Now while reading your thoughts I was able to go on with my own.Do you have a mind to come to us and help me to push people to reconsider their superior feeling being a human? (just joking!)
(sorry my english is really not good enough for complicated thoughs...)
anyway thank you for this experience to read about you an brenin. while watching my lazy french bulldog sleeping at my side and my belgian shepherd mix sitting at the window and looking for squirrels...



UserpicMark Rowlands
28.04.09
Thanks Alex. I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed the book. I hope your shepherd goes on and on. They're wonderful dogs.

No UserpicAlexander Hardy
26.04.09
27/04/09 Recently discovered and read "The Philosopher and The Wolf"---loved it, and kept moving between laughter and tears. Am probably influenced by my eleven years with a large male German Shepherd rescued when three and now fairly frail in his fourteenth year Found your comments on "remembering" and episodic memory very thought provoking---particularly the final sentence of your book. Thank you for the pleasure of your company via the written word---Go well, Alex H.

UserpicMark Rowlands
14.04.09
Thanks Ian. Spoil things for me? Not at all. It reminds me of the eagle on the bundesdienstflagge, and I choose to think of it as a clear portent of the massive sales of the German translation of WOLF.

No UserpicIanBroatch
12.04.09
Nice photo.

I hope this doesn't spoil it for you, but I always look at shadows in this type of photo. An eagle on stills.