Everyday Wisdom #63

As I go through all kinds of feelings and experiences in my journey through life — delight, surprise, chagrin, dismay — I hold this question as a guiding light: “What do I really need right now to be happy?” 
What I come to over and over again is that only qualities as vast and deep as love, connection, and kindness will really make me happy in any sort of enduring way.

Sharon Salzberg

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We are blessed

Today I am feeling incredibly grateful for all our neighbourhood doggy friends.

My son and I lost a lot last year.  But perhaps the most painful of all was the loss of our pet cat Dougal.  We were not able to bring him with us when we moved.  He went to a very loving home, but we still both grieve for him deeply.

I feel so fortunate though that we have made so many new friends – both human and canine.

These people and animals mean the world to us.

Amongst our wonderful doggy friends are Cassie, and Molly and Chester.

Cassie is the most beautiful old lady.  At 16 years old (112 in human years), she has lived a very happy and long life.  And she has the most beautiful and gentle spirit.  

I have had the honour of looking after her twice in recent weeks, and it’s been an absolute pleasure.

All she asks for (the same as any dog), is to be loved and hugged.

 

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And as for Molly and Chester… these are 2 of the most loved and looked after dogs I have ever known in my life.

From having every single meal home cooked for them.  To having their own clothes hand made.  Their own pyjama’s (which also get ironed).  And pearls for Molly, and a bow-tie for Chester.

My son adores these dogs more than I can put into words.  

With his Aspergers Syndrome, he struggles to make connections.  But it’s incredibly beautiful to see how he has opened up with these dogs.  

 

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