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My Spiritual Teachers

I am walking a path to live a better life. A significant aspect of my journey has been to struggle with anger and with fear. This weekend was one of those times.

These two teach me many things

These two teach me many things

Whenever I find myself in the middle of those feelings, I have learned to look to Rumpy and DeDe to see how they respond to their feelings.

When angry, my dogs bare their teeth in warning. DeDe tries to take Rumpy’s food and sometimes he lets her have it; but if he wants it for himself, he lets her know in no uncertain terms to leave his food alone. ¬†Invariably, DeDe complies and everyone is back to normal. If she by chance does not heed his warning, she will probably be the recipient of an angry nip. ¬†But that’s it. The reaction matches the situation.

Fear? Rumpy seems fearless, but DeDe does experience fear. Ironically, the only thing she seems to fear is people. If I tell her No! with a harsh tone of voice, she cringes. I have no idea why she does that; perhaps it’s a response she learned in her past.

And yet, when the moment has passed, DeDe is back to her happy self. She responds well to people otherwise. She does not live in the fear.

Last year when Sage’s health went downhill and I struggled with knowing what was best for her, I watched Rumpy care for her. He was sad for Sage because she was hurting. He mothered Sage and protected her. And when the day came that we said good-bye, Rumpy took it hard.

Rumpy stayed close to Sage and kept her safe.

Rumpy stayed close to Sage and kept her safe.

Granted, neither dog understands what has happened at Sandy Hook Elementary. Still, I take my cues from them. Feel the emotions. Take whatever action is needed to prevent future incidents. And when the time comes, gather our resolve and move on.

I hope this time we all do just that.

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I am a malamute that was rescued by Jen. I live with June Buggie the cat. I blog about animal welfare and responsible care of companion animals at rumpydog.com. You can follow me on Twitter - @RumpyDog. And don't forget to LIKE my Facebook page! Thanks!

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27 thoughts on “My Spiritual Teachers

  1. What a lovely post. I wish we were all more attuned to our doggie pals, we could learn a lot x.

    Posted by shacklefordlb | December 17, 2012, 7:44 AM
  2. Amazing and wonderful post:)

    Posted by Marcela | December 17, 2012, 7:48 AM
  3. This is a beautiful post…I have often thought that dog’s have a much better way of dealing with emotions than humans do…They don’t carry resentment & “baggage” with them…Live in the moment, deal with the situation and move on…there’s much to be admired there

    Posted by Gizmo | December 17, 2012, 8:01 AM
  4. How touching…..yes humans can learn many things from dogs…they are very clever animals. :)

    Posted by eripanwkevin | December 17, 2012, 8:16 AM
  5. If all humans could give loves to each other like they do to dogs things would be lots better.

    Posted by Bongo | December 17, 2012, 8:21 AM
  6. My dogs are the best anti-depressants. When I am feeling down, watching them helps me to feel better. They get so excited about being able to go outside to go poop even though they get to go out several times a day. And feeding time… You’d think they never get to eat with all the ruckus they cause at dinner time. It’s the same boring stuff it was yesterday, but they are still so happy about it. And it amazes me at how ecstatic they get over a simple ball. Watching them makes me realize that it is all about perspective. I can sit and mope or I can think about all the good things in life.

    Posted by Dawn | December 17, 2012, 9:04 AM
  7. Moving on and taking lesson learned with us is a positive step, thanks Jen.

    Posted by Savannah's Paw Tracks | December 17, 2012, 9:21 AM
  8. They are the best teachers on unconditional love, patience, enjoying life and living in the moment. Thank you for a wonderful post. Special treats for the gang today … :D

    Posted by becca givens | December 17, 2012, 9:24 AM
  9. With you on this one. Give Rumpy & DeDe a rubbie from Paw-wet (our friend’s baby began speaking and couldn’t pronounce my name, Paulette, and that became it. No better title has befallen me). I love all things dogs. Great post.

    Posted by The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap | December 17, 2012, 9:26 AM
  10. I hope so too I hope so too!!

    Posted by willowdot21 | December 17, 2012, 10:01 AM
  11. We are great teachers. The best lesson we give is love. And that one thing encompasses so much in every aspect in life.
    Blessings,
    Goose

    Posted by Goose | December 17, 2012, 10:04 AM
  12. Awwww Rumpy, DeDe and angel Sage are wise and wonderful!! Take care
    x

    Posted by Old Kitty | December 17, 2012, 10:05 AM
  13. Profound post – brilliant and moving. I understand what you are saying – thank you.

    Posted by jmgoyder | December 17, 2012, 10:45 AM
  14. brilliant xxx really brilliant jen
    animals teach us so much ……..
    they do ………..
    tons of love your way xx
    Cat xx

    Posted by Cat Forsley | December 17, 2012, 11:07 AM
  15. It’s a good hope for this time and for life in general.

    Posted by Genevieve Petrillo | December 17, 2012, 3:07 PM
  16. Rumpy Rumpy Rumpy and of COURSE JUNE BUGGIE ….
    the little Kitty with the GINORMOUS HEART :)
    Santa told me – well i just called him and he is sending a gift through to you from me – Both of you :) xo
    it’s not a dinosaur ! SORRY …………… and June Buggie …..i am sooooooooooooo sure you will love it xxx
    it should take about 5 days from here to there …….
    and Santa told me to write you a note – so i did :)
    mailing you some stuff tomorrow xxx because i adore YOU :)
    it’s pretty obvious huh :)
    xx
    i will give you a hint Rumpy – it’s got a Canadian flag on it :)
    xxxx and you can run around and catch it in the air :) xo
    and June Buggie – Yours is a surprise :) :) :)
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    love love love xoxoxo
    Cat xxx
    woooo wooo and meow :)

    Posted by Cat Forsley | December 17, 2012, 5:44 PM
  17. In the animal world, proximity is everything. If it’s near me and needs me, I will. The greatest gift our technology has given us is said proximity. We can be on call, right there when tragedy strikes.

    With prayers and good will, let’s hope we move forward toward a better tomorrow, taking cues from our palimals.

    on behalf of Darth, Hercules, Rosie and Sarah Jane.

    Posted by Sheri | December 17, 2012, 6:11 PM
  18. Great post!
    Nellie’s Mom

    Posted by catfromhell | December 17, 2012, 10:30 PM
  19. Hi Rumpy,
    I featured you as my Featured Blog today. Come take a look., and meet Kalev, my dog. http://wp.me/p2jC53-10t
    Lots of love and hugs,

    Marsha :)

    Posted by tchistorygal | December 18, 2012, 4:11 AM
  20. Fantastic post. Moe people should take cues from thier dogs…just not the ones that tell them to lick thier butt.

    Posted by Pet Sitter Diaries - Pacific Tales | December 18, 2012, 7:20 AM
  21. Love you Rumpy and DeDe

    Posted by allforblogging33 | December 18, 2012, 10:18 AM
  22. Fantastic post, Rumpy.

    Posted by Dianda | December 18, 2012, 3:28 PM
  23. They are the best teachers EVER. Loved this post. Hugs and nose kisses

    Posted by Chancy and Mumsy (Mag) | December 18, 2012, 4:01 PM
  24. Beautiful post!

    Posted by Bassetmomma | December 18, 2012, 7:14 PM
  25. Love this post <3

    Posted by Angela | December 18, 2012, 7:29 PM
  26. Animals have a way of simplifying things down to what really matters. Thoughtful post. ~ Kat

    Posted by travelgardeneat | December 18, 2012, 7:30 PM

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