If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude,~ James Herriot
then animals are better off than a lot of humans.
British – Writer / October 3, 1916 – February 23, 1995
Rickie certainly feels love and loyalty and gratitude.
One of my favorite memes: A man dies and goes to heaven. At the first gate there are glorious statues and gardens There is a sign that says Welcome to Heaven, and another sign that says “NO DOGS ALLOWED”. The man says if dogs aren’t allowed I don’t want to go there. So, he continues along the path and comes to a second gate. He can see beyond the gate are dogs running, large trees and forests. He approaches the gate and is welcomed. He asks the gatekeeper about the first gate. The gatekeeper says: oh, that is actually Hell, it weeds out a lot of people. After all what would heaven be without dogs?