As guardian to a very special and much talked about furry creature of my own, this post from Francesca really struck a chord. Sometimes I’m in such a rush to get out and get the morning walk over with so that I can get on with my chores or get to work. I forget to live in and enjoy the moment. I forget to take time to breathe in the morning air, to look at the sun as it begins to rise or to appreciate the tiny details of nature’s perfect creation all around me, in the park, in the trees, in the sky and in the faces of people who often, like me, are in so much of a hurry that they hurry on by.As I was walking my dog yesterday, I made a couple of observations, which lead me to a couple of lessons that our pets teach us. First, Buddy really wanted to sniff a bush for a very long time (maybe 3 minutes), so I stood there, on the other end of the leash, just waiting patiently and quietly for him to do what he wanted to do and be who he was: a dog getting great pleasure out of sniffing a bush. And I realized that we’re so wonderful at letting our pets be who they are and do what they need to do in their short lives, but we’re not so great at extending that same courtesy to the people in our lives; just letting them be who they are. And THEN that led me to think about this dog of ours, who has caused us much pleasure and great pain, and I realized that when he’s done something bad or destroyed something, we still forgive him and move past the bad thing and love him anyway. Again, we do this over and over again with our pets and yet we don’t always do that with the humans in our lives. We don’t as easily forgive and move through the bad thing and still love them. This concludes dog-musing Saturday.
IN BUDDY’S EYES – Francesca Amari Sajtar for neverblendin
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