Sparky’s been barking a lot this morning, even by his standards. So I took him aside, got him calmed down, and pet him. I spoke to him in soothing tones, gently stroking the soft fur on his head.
“Look,” I said, “I know it’s got to be hard not to bark when you have dog-nature. It’s a dog’s nature to bark. But do you know what? You have Buddha-nature, too. And Buddhas very rarely bark.”
Then he looked me straight in the eye and said, “Woof!”