Alberto Caeiro, a shepherd-poet (heteronym of the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa) says that his herd is his thoughts. He is a poet of Nature and simple sensations. The same way, this simple people are permanently accompanied by their animals, the elements of Nature and their thoughts. Their thoughts may seem simple as a wild flower but they contain all the emotions and all the knowledge that is needed to live a meaningful, wise and productive life.
Wow... great connection! Thank you!