I often marvel at dogs. What they can accomplish when working with humans is astounding as well as their loyalty and compassion. There was one episode of Dogs 101 on the channel Animal Planet on TV, where a police officer from New York City describes his black lab who worked with him after the twin towers fell to help the rescue effort. He said that the dog would go into places where he wasn’t sure he would come out again. Dogs can be so brave. Recently before the interview the dog had to be put to sleep having served a full life of working with his human partner. It was hard to watch such a dignified man get teary eyed talking about it.
My Aunt’s Dogs Olive (front) and Maizie (back).
There was another account I think I saw on the internet of a dog in Japan who waited for his owner days after his owner died. Can you imagine giving up food, water, and your own general comfort just out of loyalty for one person? Dogs are so selfless it is mind-boggling. There was also recently a picture online of Marines saluting an old German Shepard who was going into the Vet to be put to sleep. Who better to have this honor than a dog? The dog was in the service and being a dog worked his tail off (pun totally intended) selflessly just to please his master and be affirmed as a member of the pack. If more people did something just to make other people happy, the world would be a better place.
My Family’s Previous Dog Ace. He passed away in 2012.
Adding to that idea, there are a lot of life lessons people can learn from dogs. I often see dogs portraying the best emotions and qualities of human kind; Then again dog backwards is God. Coincidence; I think not. Dogs are self-less, compassionate, loyal, brave, and above all know how to appreciate the small things (like a tennis ball). So how about we become a bit more like them in our daily lives.
So this past weekend I went to Florida to visit my grandmother. It was a good time. She treated my sister and I to mani-pedis and getting our hair done. She also treated us to a shopping trip and paid for our clothes. Now I have a bunch of lovely professional clothing for future interviews and teaching. Florida was lovely.
There were all these little lizards around. Too cute! :3
Pretty Birdy Near Water
Me In My Bathing Suit
More Foliage & Sky
My hair after I took it down
My lovely sister
More of My Hair (It seriously never gets styled so it was a big deal)
Hello Everyone! The sun this morning was gorgeous on the trees and leaves. It was making everything sparkle after the rain. Don’t you just love that? I decided to snap a few pictures when I was taking Remus out to do his business. He is quite happy that there is no more rain and is now looking at me in judgment for not playing with him (am I a bad sister?). Anyway… The sun reminded me of the movie Tangled which I love so much and I decided to make a treasury about it today.
I had a fantastic 4th of July up in New Hampshire with my family. I swam in a lake, chased around little kids and babies, kayaked, ate good food, talked, made a friend, and luckily for you took many pictures. Now I am listening to the distant boom of fireworks from the neighborhood.
As I close up the day, I am starting to think about happiness. What does it mean to be happy? Is there are recipe for happiness? Does it come from external sources or can it only come from within yourself and how you approach the world? Happiness as a philosophical idea is something I haven’t looked into that deeply. Sure you have your instant gratification; eating food, kissing, buying that brand new hat, and other such physical things. Was I happy today because I was wearing my new bikini? Yes. Was I happy because the cool water felt good and the steak I ate was flavorful and juicy? Yes. But you know.. Long term happiness is difficult to put my finger on. But I can say one thing, I know I will be generally happy for the long term because I was happy today. I was happy not just because of all the instantly gratifying things I experienced but because of the family which was around me. The little ones, my cousin who’s like a sister to me, my aunts, my parents, and a new friend my age were all reason to be happy. It was an exceptionally excellent day.