As one accused of having a bit of wolfhound somewhere in my ancestry, I really enjoyed this piece.
Once inside, take comfort, for whatever it's worth, that those you meet also have had their own experiences with the dogs. These are people whose desire and necessity sustain them. They will be your partners and your friends. Understand that their dogs bark differently than yours, but that everyone faces their own balance of commitment and fear. Work with them to make your dojo as welcoming as it possibly can be, but know that every visitor and every new student will have to have their reckoning with the Temple Dogs
An appeal to empathy, and to consciously keep your dog outside at the gate as well. I haven't enjoyed the columns this much in a while.