Things My Dog Has Taught Me
: Anyone who has ever fallen hopelessly in love with a dog will know they have the capacity to love us back unconditionally, welcome us home with unbridled excitement, forgive us endlessly for our impatience, comfort us when we're feeling...
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Anyone who has ever fallen hopelessly in love with a dog will know they have the capacity to love us back unconditionally, welcome us home with unbridled excitement, forgive us endlessly for our impatience, comfort us when we're feeling low, then play games with wholehearted contentment - bringing endless joy to our lives.
The sheer zest for embracing life in all its fullness is something at which we humans can only marvel. But can our dogs teach us to approach life in this full, technicolour way too? How to love and care for one another with unconditional acceptance, about being fully present in each other's company, more mindful of the beauty of the natural world around us, how to comfort each other in grief or fear, and how to let excitement and joy bubble over in our hearts.
All these things dogs do instinctively and more naturally than their human friends - yet they love us just the same. And in this charming and entertaining story of his beloved canine companion, Jonathan Wittenberg shares with dog lovers everwhere his inability to resist the big, brown-eyed look which says, 'I'll melt your heart if you even think of going out without me', to the security he feels on a twenty-mile trek across the bleak Scottish Highlands with not a soul for a friend but his collie - and everything else he's learned along the way.
Jonathan Wittenberg was born in Glasgow in 1957 to a family of German Jewish origin. The family moved to London in 1963, where he attended University College School, specialising in classical and modern languages, subsequently reading English at Cambridge. He trained for the rabbinate at Leo Baeck College London, receiving ordination in 1987. He now lives in London with his wife Nicky and, three children, and his faithful canine companion, Mitzpah.