Since last year, we have been telling our daughters that we will get a puppy at the end of the school year. The heavy badgering/nagging/questioning began in February and then we said Easter to bump it up a bit. At Easter, it didn't feel right so we told them a new puppy would be their summer gift/job! We kept to our promise and our baby boy was delivered to us on June 23rd, his adoption day!
“Happiness is a warm puppy.”
― Charles M. Schulz
He was the runt of the litter and the only pup that would come to us. He picked us. The breeder chose the name because he was small and delicate. The name has sorta stuck, especially to two 7 and 6 year old girls!
The girls are off to their first day of camp today so it's me and Bubby navigating his first day together.
Here I go: I can't help but feel I am in the presence of an angel when I am with our new pup. My dear friend, Jen, reminded me, when my dog, Sadie, died last year, "Dog is God spelled backwards." Sadie was a companion throughout my ups and downs. Always by my side. Leaned in with a gentle nudge when my heart felt heavy and my tears were flowing.
I knew I always wanted another dog after she died but I wasn't sure when.
Today happens to be my birthday. What a gift! I heard you, Universe! :)
As I watch the little pup today, I can't help be what reminded of what dogs teach us:
1. Unconditional love: Doesn't matter what kind of day you are having, what mood you are in, what time it is, a dog is there to give a gentle nuzzle, stay by your side and in some cases like my first dog, Puffin, used to do... lick my tears away. Whose the first one to greet you when you come in the door?
2. Forgiveness: If you forget to take them out, go for that daily walk, get angry with its behavior, dogs don't hold grudges. They let it go and they are on to the next fun thing. They forgive and forget and move on. They love you and serve you all day long.
3. Joy: This pup is pouncing now and thinks everything is fascinating. It's a joy to watch him experience joy. He looked up at the sky this morning as to say, "Thank God for this day!" Their life is simple and they love it!
4. Gratitude: Every hug, kiss, belly rub, tickle, our playful romp in the grass is graciously received. They express gratitude everyday by the simple wag of the tail. That alone tells us enough.
We are human and we are meant to experience discomfort, stress, contrast, and sadness, among other things. But, a dog, is inspirational. They are little angel fairies on Earth giving us cues and hints on how life is meant to be lived. I can't help but think that God spells dog backwards is no coincidence. I really feel like God is with me today. It is a soothing, comforting feeling. This experience also has deepened my faith to know God is always with us, through love.
Will I be saying this tomorrow when he has eaten the heel off my shoe, or chewed through my kitchen chairs? :) Yeah, I'll get over it.
Well, I guess I will take it day by day. That's all we can ever do.
Day by day.
Today, I chose to enjoy my birthday with my new forever friend.
Have a great day everyone.
Love & Light,
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.”
― Milan Kundera