The story today was about friendship; the value of friendship. We will talk about how dogs can be our best friends. We talk about enthusiasm, laughter, how dogs teach us to be flexible and live in the moment and how dogs can be a comfort. She starts by describing a friend as a person whom one knows, likes and trusts; a person with whom one is allied in a struggle or course. Friends have rescue animals.
A friend is someone who is on your side, a person you are fond of and have full trust in. we form friends based on the history that we have together. Friends age together and when we have a friend, we have everything. She goes on to read a poem by George Crab;
- With eye up raised his masters’ look to scan
- The joy, the solace and the aid of man
- The rich man’s guardian and the poor man’s friend
- The only creature faithful to the end is the dog.
Dogs are always with us. They love us to the core no matter what. She shares a story of one Zanda. In 2012, a 7 year old 70 pound Samoyed husky named Zanda was found outside of the same hospital that his owner was staying in. John got a phone call one morning and was shocked when the person at the other end told him he was standing outside of the same hospital he was a patient in and had his dog.
The dog seemed sad and had been moping around his house before deciding to do something about it. Zanda made an arduous 2 mile hike to the hospital that included crossing a nature reserve, stream and a busy 4 lane highway. He was not going just to give up and this is the beauty of a faithful dog.
In another story that she shares, in Siberia Russia, a dog has been coming to hospital everyday for over 2 years unaware her master died a year ago. Her owner was admitted 2 years ago and was a patient for about a year. The dog has come every day in search of her owner unaware the man has passed. Still she comes hoping to find him.
A family tried adopting the dog but she escaped and made her way back to the hospital. Now the hospital staff make sure she is taken care of so, she became part of the culture of the hospital. They are now her guardians. She reads a page on friendship from her book;
“What is a friend anyway? A buddy, a supporter, someone fun to hang out with, a good listener, someone who knows you well and still likes you, all of the above? Dogs are dear true friends no matter what.
They are right there to listen, they are silent partners, they do not criticize what we say or do, they watch us grow and we watch them grow. Why are dogs considered man’s best friend? They are loyal to the core, they are endlessly entertaining, they are forgiving, protective and love us unconditionally.”
Our sweet angel dogs teach us that the best way to have a true friend is to be one any time of the day or night and in any season or life. She reads a quote by Christopher that says; “No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.” From a list that has been put together on things you can learn from your dog she reads;
a) Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.
b) Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind on your face to be pure ecstasy.
c) When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
d) When it is in your best interest, practice obedience.
e) Take naps and stretch before rising.
f) Run, jump and play dearly.
g) Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.