By Jackie White
I have been anticipating writing this blog for a while now. As I was waiting to get our dog from the breeder, I was thinking this could be a light-hearted blog about the “dog days of summer” instead, I have been moved to write about something entirely different.
I want to write about love today. It is clear that a dog’s purpose is truly all about love. It’s a fact that the love and joy lives in the spirit of dogs. Their entire being and reason for being is about love. From the tip of their nose to the tip of their tail, they are little love machines!
Love and Happiness
Dogs love you. Not a dog person? Well, guess what? They still love you! That’s the thing about dogs. Dogs love everyone and they love unconditionally. They are all about giving love and loyalty to people. Their positive energy is contagious and one can hardly help from smiling when you see a dog sending love your way.
I didn’t realize how important it was to my kids to have a dog until I overheard a conversation. They were saying how lucky a friend of theirs was because he had a dog and that just by having that dog, he was guaranteed to have happiness in his life everyday. Another chimed in that the stress of the day can be melted away by just having a dog to love and to talk to. I didn’t really realize how important this was to them until I heard them describe the bond of love and unwavering friendship a dog could bring to their lives.
As of this writing, Miss Daisy has been with our family for 5 days now and my daughter commented that she is truly bringing our family together, and she is absolutely right. I am thrilled this has happened because my kids are all teens and are busy with friends, but now they have Miss Daisy and she is pure love to them. She is like an instant super glue of connection for our family. In a home where teens don’t get up until noon, it has amazed me that they are getting up earlier and the first thing they do is come to look for her.
We have been a non-dog household for many years due to allergies, but we finally were at a point where it was possible to get a “non-allergenic” dog. Although, we may have missed out on many years without a dog, I am a firm believer that all things happen for a reason and for our family we had to have the absence of a dog to realize the importance of a dog and how she will enrich our lives. Daisy is here at the absolute right time to bring our family together at a time when my teens are almost ready to leave the nest.
Have you ever noticed how through dogs people are connected? You have heard of the young single guy taking a puppy for a walk in the park? My 16 year old son has utilized the oldest trick in the book by showing some girl friends his new puppy. You cannot deny that a puppy is a total chick magnet! I have found that walking Miss Daisy through the neighborhood is like being with a celebrity. We are stopped multiple times to swoon at her cuteness. It is clear a dog’s spirit is intended to bring people together. They are wise and know deep within their souls that through the heart we all connect. It’s that simple. As I meet more of my neighbors I have moved on from my name in trade for that of being called Miss Daisy’s mom. I’ll take it. Being a dog mom is the best in the world!
Miss Daisy also knows all about joy and her job is to not only demonstrate how easily it can be found in the world but also to share that joy. Whether it be the fresh air blowing, the grass that tickles your ankles or random summersaults, joy can be found everywhere! On a recent walk, Daisy and I were strolling along when suddenly the smell of bacon cooking in the distance wafted right across our path. Knowing the joy that bacon brings, Daisy stopped, sat down and took in the aroma. I mean, I knew right then that we were at the very least bacon soulmates! We smelled the air together, took joy in the moment and then continued on our walk.
As busy people, we forget sometimes to allow joy into our lives. Dogs don’t forget that. I believe that dogs are here doing the work of God by bringing joy, smiles and light to the world with their love, silliness and endless wags of their tail. I am convinced they are put here to teach us all about unconditional love and the joy that life just is.
Unspoken Language of the Soul
Dogs have a knowing about things. They know you for who you really are. They might even know you better than you know you. That is because dogs connect at the soul level. They can read your energy, your emotions and feelings. Dogs communicate on another plane than most of us. They can tell if you are weak or strong by your energetic presence and through your body language. It’s a language you might not even know you are communicating. They totally get you. Their soul to soul connection with you is an unspoken language of understanding, support and love. Pay attention to this connection and you will understand your dog so much more. Learn to live life from a place of love, connection and joy, just like your dog and you will see life through a lens you may have never considered.
As for Miss Daisy I know she is a gift from God to my family. Even though she has only been with us for a few days, her impact has been felt in all of our hearts and souls. I have always appreciated life and how I can live my best life, but knowing Miss Daisy only for a short time, I see I still have a lot to learn. I look forward to all the dog days of summer, fall, winter and spring for many years to come.
Erika Fehrenbach Prell is passionate about inspiring and educating, others on their path to complete wellness-mind,body, and soul. This desire led Erika to the helping profession of nursing, and she obtained her Master's Degree as a Nurse Practitioner in 2007. Erika specialized in cardiac surgery, largely influenced by her personal experience with heart disease. While she loved working with this population, her heart's desire has always been to impact lives on a larger scale and from a proactive, not reactive, place. The universe answered when her path crossed with Jackie and SoulShine was born. Erika finally feels she is walking in her purpose and is excited for this journey to unfold.