#4763 - Monday, November 19,
2012 - Editor: Gloria Lee
Limitless undying love which shines around me
like a million suns
it calls me on and on across the universe.
~ John Lennon
This issue is in memory of my precious dog,
Willow, who passed quietly in her
sleep at the foot of my bed early Saturday
morning. She was pure sweetness and
love every moment of her life. She
welcomed the next door neighbor children
home from school every day. Willow
made nightly calls on another neighbor after
her dog died and only stopped a
year later when she got a new puppy. She just
knew such things, she was that
sensitive.They all came by here to say tearful
goodbyes on her last day
Willow naturally had good manners and looked for
ways to be helpful. When she
noticed I didn't want the cat clawing at
my desk chair, she would rise and put
herself between the cat and my
chair, every time, how ever many times it was
needed, but gently.
Nothing pleased her more than our walks down the hill to the
Well maybe a dip in the pond. Or a car ride to get ice cream cones, she
liked vanilla best. Just to be with us was her happiness. There was
never a trace
of agression in her, she chased the deer just to the end of
our yard, never on
into the woods. Willow even loved all my cats and
put up with the one who liked
to lick her ears. Actually, we only found
that Moses cat as a lost kitten because
Willow heard his faint cries in
the ditch on our walk. I think it was a happy life
for her. One can say
a lot about loving animals in general, but this particular
live forever in my heart.
Willow, 2004- 2012
No Sense of Difference
by Ramana Maharshi
D.: Does one who has realized the Self lose the
sense of I?
D.: Then there is not difference between
yourself and myself, that man over there, my servant. Are all the
R.: All are the same, including those
D.: But the monkeys are not people. Are they not
R.: They are exactly the same as people. All are
the same in One Consciousness.
"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know
evil or jealousy or discontent.
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a
glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden,
where doing nothing was not
boring-- it was peace."
~ Milan Kundera
"Sometimes; said Pooh, the smallest things take up the most room in your
~ A.A. Milne
If you have men who will exclude any of Gods
creatures from the shelter of
compassion and pity, you will have men who
will deal likewise with their fellow
~ Saint Francis of Assisi
Love animals: God has given them the rudiments
of thought and joy untroubled.
Do not trouble their joy, don't harrass them,
don't deprive them of their
happiness, don't work against God's intent. Man,
do not pride yourself on
superiority to animals; they are without sin, and
you, with your greatness, defile
the earth by your appearance on it, and
leave the traces of your foulness after
you - alas, it is true of almost
every one of us!
~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky
He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that
above the winds. He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea.
He has told
me a thousand times over that I am his reason for being; by the
way he rests
against my leg; by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest
smile; by the way he
shows his hurt when I leave without taking him. (I
think it makes him sick with
worry when he is not along to care for me.)
When I am wrong, he is delighted to
forgive. When I am angry, he clowns to
make me smile. When I am happy, he is
joy unbounded. When I am a fool, he
ignores it. When I succeed, he brags.
Without him, I am only another man.
With him, I am all-powerful. He is loyalty
itself. He has taught me the
meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret
comfort and a private peace.
He has brought me understanding where before I
was ignorant. His head on my
knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my
side is protection against
my fears of dark and unknown things. He has promised
to wait for me...
whenever... wherever - in case I need him. And I expect I will -
as I always
have. He is just my dog.
~ Gene Hill