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  • This is Lamai, mother of Yemi. They are a co-worker's dogs and stay in our office most parts of the day.
    It's always a great delight to watch them being together -- play-fighting gently, racing each other through
    the hallways or just lying in the sun, side by side, for hours. However, their characters differ remarkably,
    when it comes to human beings.

    Yemi is shy, always suspicious, but in a soft, almost apologetic way. For several months now, I have
    been trying to earn her trust... without success, yet. Except for the fact that her evasive manuevers have
    slightly decreased in range -- so it does not seem totally hopeless, I guess.

    Lamai, on the other hand, is utmost unconditional love (and patience) wrapped in fur. At least once a
    day, she comes by my desk and rests her paw or her head on my knee, until I can't resist her pleading
    eyes any longer and start to pet her. As soon as Lamai is sure to have my full attention, you can tell by
    her half-closed eyes, that she will slide down to the floor any moment, to get stroke on her belly for
    some more minutes. And don't you dare to stop too soon! Lamai is amazingly demanding. She will put
    her leg towards yours, trying to maintain direct contact for as long as she can. And somehow it works.
    Somehow, this simple gesture keeps me spellbound, like someone's waving a magical wand on me.

    Such moments always remind me of how pure animals are in their nature. The do not act out of sheer
    causal intelligence. Either they like you, or they don't. The just follow their inner urges, out of supreme
    honesty. They don't pretend. No masks, no measures.

    What makes me sad sometimes, is that all of us used to be quite like them. We'd been just as pure,
    when we were little children. Then, as we were growing up, we apparently lost that gift. It seems life's
    natural course, I know. But now and then I wonder, if that purity is still there, resting deep down within
    us. Not gone, just buried. Under masks and measures.
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