Doggone it! I really need to pay more attention to my puppies. They are really good teachers.
Oh, don’t get the wrong idea. They are not neglected, and honestly, if I paid more attention to them I wouldn’t get much other work done. I walk them three times a day, let them in and out of the yard frequently as I’m writing or reading, and feed them a raw food diet — costly and time-consuming. On the morning walk, we pick up newspapers for older neighbors and take them to the front door. The puppies automatically stop at each of those houses; it’s their job. So, I suppose what I should have said to open this is I need to reflect more on what I see in my pups. (By the way, I call them puppies, but they are kuvaszok. Sassy, older, weighs about 87 pounds, and Spirit weighs in at about 110 or so, maybe a bit more.)
Lessons. That’s my focus, and it does lead somewhere. My puppies are part of that natural world unhindered by Ego, unworried about how they appear or what others think. They are not scheming about how to manipulate others. Let me qualify that because they do manipulate, but their manipulation is not with malice aforethought, as many of us do.
No, their intents are clear, and unless force is used or trickery, they remain undeterred in the pursuit of their purpose. Go outside? Sassy will sit at the door, looking over her shoulder, come and nudge my hand, and go back to the door — until I let her out. Purpose and focus to the point of fulfillment. And insistence — nothing less than success will do.
The difference with dogs and humans are dogs don’t operate out of duplicity. They simply act on their nature. This is why knowing Self, awakening to Heart, our true nature not overlaid with Ego, stands as the most basic, foundational, simplest event in life. Discovering our true nature means we can act according to our personal truth and skip so much of the treacherous, egotistic behavior that marks and mars us as a species.
Perhaps one of the most interesting abilities and characteristics my puppies have is to read the energy of people, mine included. I could never pull anything over on them no matter how I made my voice sound. If I try being sweet when I want to get them inside, they don’t buy it. I have seen so many times when they have sensed negative energy from people and either barked or backed away. On the other hand, there are a few people in the neighborhood I wasn’t so sure about, and lo and behold, the pups go straight to them and eat up their attention. I’ve also seen how super sensitive our girl is with little kids. Even if they run at her, she will go into her down position and just let them love all over her. I’ve seen her do the same thing a number of times with disabled individuals.
Sensitive to those who tend to be more helpless and voiceless (in the case of one man who had suffered a stroke). Seems like a lot of people could learn from that, which is partly why I will mention the deplorable situation and the dog and pony show that has occurred in Syria. When political, religious or any other kind of leaders engage in their Ego purposes and destruction of lives result, they have rejected the voice of their own Heart. Bad energy.
The primary way dogs sense anything, including energy, is through smell. The whole bunch of shit around American response this week, from the beginning of the week — no involvement — to the missiles, and the cause of it elicited by the soulless, gutless murderers of Assad’s forces, Russia, and ISIS — it all stinks. If my dogs smelled any of them on any side, they would bark relentlessly along with some well-timed growls. There are no positive vibes from these assholes.
However, if I ever met any of them on a personal basis, I would try to be like my pup and be myself, express my true nature. They would hear about Ego and Heart; they would be faced with their own actions. Of course, if they smelled bad, I would do my best to chase them into hiding and face themselves.
Yeah, I know. Big talk. They would have me imprisoned, tortured, or murdered. What more could one expect? The Ego state is their chosen nature.
They really do need to spend some time around my dogs. It’s interesting that the current president doesn’t have one.
Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!