Since we got our new dog, I’ve been doing a lot of research on dog care so that we can have a great experience with this new member of our family.
I spent the last week up at scout camp, and did a lot of reading while sitting around the fire. One of the things I read really stuck out to me. It’s from the really great book: Be the Pack Leader by Cesar Millan, better known as the Dog Whisperer. In the book he quotes Farley Mowat, who wrote about his two years observing a wolf pack in the book Never Cry Wolf. Mowat describes the pack leader in the following way:
George had presence. His dignity was unassailable, yet he was by no means aloof. Conscientious to a fault, thoughtful of others, and affectionate within reasonable bounds, he was the kind of father whose idealized image appears in many wistful books of human family reminiscences, but whose real prototype has seldom paced the earth upon two legs. George was, in brief, the kind of father every son longs to acknowledge as his own. (223)
If we use TV advertisements and sit-coms as a representation, most fathers in the world appear to be bumbling idiots. But Mowat's description of George reminded me of so many fathers (especially my own) who raise their children with wisdom, dignity, and grace. That’s the kind of father I want to be.
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