We already know I am irresistable to people but today I realized I am Doctor Dolittle, too. When I go on my daily powerwalk I am greeted by many non-people — dogs on leashes, cats in windows, ferrets in cages, birds in trees, worms on sidewalks, snails on drainpipes — they all come to me as I walk by them. This didn’t used to happen.
Since I stopped eating animals they are all inexplicably drawn to me — usually to the dismay of their owners who try to pull them away from coming over to say hello. I know what my new friends sense: I don’t eat their kind and they can smell that fact on me as I wander along. Even if my friends can’t come to greet me I always wave to say hello back.
As an aside to an Aside, I’ve never understood how a Veterinarian could ever be anything other than Vegan because to be anything else is to betray the spirit of your service: How can you eat what you were born to heal?