dog-open-mouthA friend sent me an email yesterday saying that he had to put his dog down. He added that the dog was gentle to the last and ended with “No more dogs for me.” I could tell that his heart was broken.
Our pets touch us like no one else does; perhaps it is because their love is so unconditional – which is a rare experience for most of us. A dog’s loyalty and devotion are hard to find in our everyday world. Our pets do not judge us or try to ‘improve’ us. They accept us the way we are, warts and all.

When a pet dies and that source of love is gone, we can feel bereft and like my friend, say we will not let our hearts be open to that kind of loss again. That is the big drawback to pets – we almost always outlive them. But it is also their greatest gift to us for they can teach us how to face death with acceptance if we are strong enough to stay till the end.

Over the years I had many dogs and cats but it has only been in the last ten years or so that I was strong enough (brave enough?) to sit beside them as they died. Before that I was too afraid. It is a privilege to be there at the end for what can be more intimate than the moments of birth and death – and these our pets are willing to share with us.

It seems as if death can be a long time coming but when it does arrive it is very swift and sure. Towards the end, the eyes are already traveling homeward while the body waits in stillness. Then as suddenly as a stolen kiss the light blinks out and the soul flies. Ah! … and we are left to continue without them.

And yet they ask: does a dog have a Buddha nature.

My little dog, a heartbeat at my feet. Edith Wharton


3 thoughts on “BUDDHA NATURE

  1. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words

    my Sadie wandered with me 19.5 years..she was a wolf found in a storm…she was about 3 days young….she taught me what to do when she had a stroke a couple years before she passed…I had a hard time letting her go..I still cry when I think about her…she was a beautiful Spirit…
    a wonderful post…Thank you for sharing…
    Take Care…You Matter…


    1. I have one of those photo frames with lots of cut outs for snapshots and in it are all the pictures of the pets who have gone ahead of me. What priceless souls and what kindness. They still touch my heart and I hope that someday we can be together again.


      1. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words

        I hadn’t thought of that…I might attempt a collage, I have a small zoo here, so many have passed through my life..
        people used to just dump their pets here, I have never turned one away..and they all seem to find a little peace here on my little place ( I live in the country)…
        they all touch me heart, each their own personalities (attitudes LOLs) you are so right “priceless souls and kindness galore” always there no matter what kind of day I have, they make it better…
        Thank you for the ideal…
        Hope you have a wonderful Sunday…
        Take Care…


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