Puppy love

I participate in a meditation community where members share brief stories via email about how their practice is going.  It’s a way for the individual doing the sharing to delve deeper into his/her practice, and a way for people receiving the message to stay inspired when the practice can become difficult/boring/uncomfortable.

An important part of the meditation style I follow focuses on service and gratitude.  In fact, every year the in-person community holds a “Festival of Giving and Receiving”: an afternoon event where people share items to be offered to local non-profit organizations (everything from canned goods to cash), as well as messages of peace and unity.  The messages can take the form of essays, music, poems, raps, or any other structure the giver desires.

One of the individuals from the email community said that he would like to collect brief sentiments from us, and read several of them aloud at the festival.  Happy to oblige, I sent him the following note:

“At the end of every day, I get to come home to two tiny, furry, old dogs.  The pups are toothless; one has a permanently displaced hip and the other has arthritis; both require too many expensive trips to the vet, special food, and daily medication…and yet, every day when I return home, both of these tired old boys perk up, wag their tails, lick my hand, and let me know that they love me with all of their puppy hearts.  The feeling is completely mutual.”

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May these sentiments (and images) of gratitude and joy spread and cultivate similar feelings among others.

Peace y’all,


About Stef

A "serious" gal who is trying to remember to lighten up and smile.
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12 Responses to Puppy love

  1. narami says:

    The little furry ones will always be the ones receiving their humans better than anyone. Short but VERY sweet note.


    • Stef says:

      They are nearly the closest thing to authentic “unconditional love” that I have ever experienced. They don’t care what I look like, how much money I make, what I say aloud… so long as I give them affection with an open heart, they are delighted to offer it back to me ten-fold. (Of course, giving them food and treats does help too…) 🙂


  2. barb19 says:

    It doesn’t matter to our pets what we look like, or what we do or say – they love us no matter what, and that kind of love must be the greatest feeling a human being can ever experience. We can be ourselves with our pets, but it’s a different story with people.


    • Stef says:

      We can absolutely be ourselves with our pets; and I dare say that no human can “trick” an animal. They can smell fear, anxiety, nervousness, sadness, meanness, etc. from a mile away – and they are smart enough to know how to respond accordingly. I’m grateful to my little pups for not only loving me, but for helping me open my heart even more. They really are a gift in my life.


  3. Aww, they are absolutely adorable 🙂 And I love the message in this post about keeping positive!


    • Stef says:

      Yeah, they’re pretty darn cute. 🙂 Staying as positive as possible definitely helps me. (And it’s easy to do with such cuddly, loving guys.)


  4. Arman says:

    tug at the heart strings… big time! give them hugs and kisses from me 🙂


    • Stef says:

      These little guys are very good at soliciting “oohs” and “aawws” from people who see them. I will definitely shower them with some cuddles and smooches from you. 🙂


  5. I love those pictures. Adorable!


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