I am so grateful to be fostering this dog. One day this week, I came home and really just took the time to take in his love, his excited tail wags, the way his bone loosely hangs out of his mouth when I come home, to his snuggles and little grunts as he sleeps.
I was intentional about taking in what he gave to me because earlier in the day, I read that someone had stomped to death a 3 month old puppy (because it had had an accident inside the house). I was heart broken. How could someone do such a thing? I decided to take a small action (that was suggested) and called the States Attorney to voice my concerns over this matter. And as I walked home, wondering at why I was disheartened, I put together why I felt that way.
One reason was that I wondered if that person truly thought out the responsibility he was taking on. Did that person think through, as much as possible, about what a puppy does, needs and how to fulfill and meet those needs? Yes, puppies are cute AND they need appropriate guidance and training to become and fulfill their true purpose.
What is their true purpose? To me, and probably to many: to love. I truly believe that their true character is to love. They just exude love when properly nurtured and cared for. From the beginning of their little lives to the end when they can hardly walk or see. They give that love and when I heard about that little puppy, that chance of love died with him. So, as I pondered this, I needed to take a little extra time that day to receive the love that my foster dog so freely gives to me.
When I think about how this relates to life, I again truly believe that the core of us as human beings is love: to be love, to give love, to receive love. I sometimes get saddened at the negative things that happen in the world. That we human beings hurt one another in such a variety of ways. But in the midst of all this, I do see kindness and goodness and love being given and received. In big ways, but mostly in very small ways. In ordinary ways being done every day. I'm grateful when I can actually see these small actions for what they are, to notice them in the busyness of life. I think it's when I notice those small acts of love that I remember that I am connected to those around me by love and through love. Love is a journey and my hope is that you experience the giving and receiving of love today.
If you have a story to share about how your dog shares love with you, I'd love to heart it. Those kinds of stories warm my heart.
“Paws” to Ponder
Wednesdays with Dogs is a weekly blog series about dogs and about my experience fostering dogs. Each Wednesday will feature a story that presents learning opportunities and moments of reflection on topics about life, work, relationships, leadership and whatever else I might happen to learn along the way! Come back each week as we “paws” a moment for life lessons with “Wednesdays with Dogs”.