From the nightstand ( The Road Home ; Jim Harrison ):

It is easy to forget that in the main we die only seven times more slowly than our dogs. The simplicity of this law of proportions came to me early in life, growing up as I did so remotely that dogs were my closest childhood friends. It is for this reason I've always been a slow talker, though if my vocal cords had been otherwise constructed I may have done well at a growl or bark or howl at scented but unseen dangers beyond the light we think surrounds us, but more often enshrouds us.

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