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Judit Kawaguchi’s Feb. 28 article, “What we can learn from cats and dogs” (about her visit with Tokyo veterinarian Chikao Muratani), made me think of our great responsibility to co-exist with all life. The last paragraph — “Many dying cats and dogs wait for the people they love to return before they draw their last breath. … Once their beloved person is by their side, they pass away in peace, often within minutes” — almost made me weep.

I have kept dogs twice and experienced very sorrowful partings.Years ago, I was surprised to discover that an old woman who lived on a mountain in Pennsylvania enjoyed her life with various plants and flowers as well as many different creatures such as birds, chipmunks, dogs and deer. I couldn’t believe this miracle at first. It seemed as if there was no distance of any kind between them.

The other day I cut down several branches from our trees. Immediately afterward, birds came near and shouted loudly. It was obvious they were protesting what I had done. While humans are apt to use any other creature for their own benefit, lovers of dogs and cats, I think, tend to know that all living creatures are part of Earth’s ecosystem and to understand the rights of all life.

hiroshi noro
hadano, kanagawa

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