Through the mists of our beginnings,
they came to us, though we may never know why.
From the dawn of our history they have been there.
They have died for us on the battlefield, they have carried
our kings to coronation and our Gods to their heavens.
They have been there at our humblest moments
and witnessed our most foul deeds.
We have abused them and adored them.
Now it is time to respect them...
                                - Andrea E. Floyd, D.V.M.