“It’s so wonderful to watch an animal, because an animal has no opinion about itself. It is.”

Eckhart Tolle

I was at the dentist getting my teeth cleaned. Before starting the hygienist and I spoke of the home schooling situation, the teachers unwilling to go to work (as she sticks her hands in my mouth we talk about being at risk, stepping up to the plate, being and acting essential and responsible when called to do so.) We both got a little depressed, so she changed the subject. “You have any animals she asked?” And then proceeded to tell me some hilarious stories about hers.

Thank God for them. They add levity, humility and joy to life. And shifting your focus to them is a sure fire way to soon be smiling.

Domestic pets have it good. Their life: Eat, drink, run, love, sleep- repeat. And, the wild ones; they gotta a little more muscle in ’em. They’re survivors- forever adapting. Light on ego, long on teamwork. In all ways, animals are our teachers.

Need: Water

“Just watching an animal closely can take you out of your mind and bring you into the present moment, which is where the animal lives all the time — surrendered to life.”

ECKHART TOLLE

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Joe

    I’m in awe of the unconditional love shown by our dog. Agreed Elinor, so much we can learn from pets!

  2. Julie

    Happy belated National Dog Day! Grateful for service dogs, therapy dogs, pets and (most) creatures gracing our planet.

    Big shout out to Canine Companions for Life and programs like “Prison Dogs” for transforming lives.

    https://www.cci.org/

    May we all be recipients of the gifts animals give.

  3. Mollie

    Day 37 Lake bluff beach North End

    Well this is easy, there are more pics of my pup Ivy in the water than me in the water. Interestingly, Ivy refuses to get her head under water. In fact she will only go far enough in so that her head stays above water. Vain attempts to coax her in with treats or her beloved orange ball or hold her while she paddles are met with the dog look of “I hate you and never make me do that again. In fact, this party is *over* and we’re going home. Now.”

    I can respect that. She is my constant, loyal, and faithful companion and when she sets a boundary, the least I can do is honor it. Ivy and me go together everywhere, and I mean everywhere. It goes without saying that if I’m invited somewhere, Ivy comes with (with a few exceptions). We’re a package deal, it’s like buy one (her) and get me for free.

    Ivy holds a PhD in fetch and has moves that rival El Mago (Javy Baez). And that’s saying something. She’s a practicing meditator *and* a stark raving lunatic.

    Furthermore, Ivy has the venerable distinction of being Da Best Doggie in da Whole Wide World.

  4. Julie

    Happy belated National Dog Day! Grateful for service dogs, therapy dogs, pets and (most) creatures roaming our planet.

    Big shout out to Canine Companions for Life and programs like “Prison Dogs” for the service they provide.

    May we all be graced with the gifts animals give!

  5. Jen Pen

    Love Mollie’s Ode to Ivy.
    Our 10+ year old English Bulldog, Magnus continues to keep our family ship afloat. Check out “his” blog through the link at my name here. August post coming soon.

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