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#145: Coming Back as a Pet Dog

Saturday, November 21, 2009

My two dogs have me thinking that if there were such a thing as reincarnation that I might like to come back as a caring person's pet dog.

My current two are strays. One, Baby the Boxer, appeared four years ago wearing a collar but without a tag. No one in different neighborhoods recognized her and there was no response to newspaper ads or signs. So she joined the family.

The other, Thumper the Shepherd, named Thumper because of the sound her tail makes as it thumps excitedly against a wall or door, showed up July 4th last year, frightened of the loud noise of firecrackers, her hair matted, dirty and wet and an infection on the inside of her left leg. The vet cured the infection but again, a collar but no tag and no response to ads or signs. So she, too, joined the clan, making Baby a terrific playmate.

If you have been or are a dog owner, then you know they are fiercely loyal to caring owners, craving attention and kind words, just like people.

Some reasons I might enjoy being a dog is the loving I'd receive from my responsible owner, the brushing and bathing and playing fetch and being fed regularly and the car rides.

But primarily, because I could fall asleep quickly.

Baby and Thumper get their bedtime treats and attention then within 20 seconds are stretched out snoring. All while my eyes are wide open for hours as the mind reviews the days concerns and worries. Oh, how many times have I envied them as I watched them contentedly dreaming while I so desperately wanted to be asleep.

All in all, such a dog's life doesn't sound too bad. I'd miss all of the foods I often avoid now -- pizza, milkshakes, pies, cakes -- but as a dog I wouldn't have them anyway, would I?

Whoever said a dog's burden is a "ruff" one hasn't seen my two. They are treated like royalty but give me back much more in return than I could ever ask for, just as my closest friends offer to me.

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  • no profile photo CD4114015
    Lou, I agree with you...there is no more loyal a friend in the world than a dog. I don't even call mine dogs...I only refer to them as my babies! Great to know all the baby-lovers like me in the world! So great you took these babies in from the world!
    4117 days ago
  • 2BSALLYB
    This is why we named our dog Riley. emoticon We knew he was gonna have a great home life.
    4117 days ago
  • MARYSUPPORTS
    We don't have any dogs right now, but sure would take in strays.
    4117 days ago
  • DSCHONDOG
    You might really enjoy Wendy Francisco's song GoD and DoG at
    www.godanddog.org. It thrills my heart when I hear it. She truly captures the heart of the animal and our joy at having them in our lives.

    Thanks for your blog. I have 2 that we rescued and, really, they have rescued me and my husband from many a miserable day.

    Dawn
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    4117 days ago
  • YATMAMA
    Beamish is right. It is appointed unto man to die once and after that the judgment, so no reincarnation. Isn't it an amazing gift of God's creativity that man is able to imagine, though?! By exploring fantasy we can learn a lot about ourselves. Figuring out why those very fortunate pups are able to sleep could give you some real clues as to how you can sleep, too. Wouldn't that be something?!! They are so secure in your love and care. They never doubt that you will open your arms when they approach. They never fret over whether you will have food enough to feed them or wonder where it came from or if there will be more tomorrow. They never question your ability to love them and provide for them. I bet that is, in large measure, why they are able to be peaceful enough to lie their beautiful heads down and enjoy the restoration of sweet slumber.
    4117 days ago
  • MOMMA_LITTLE
    Lou, your blog was GREAT! We have taken in a very drooly dog named Moose (half English Mastiff, half Lab). He was our friend's son's dog and wasn't getting any attention. We also have a Sheltie named Charlie who's 10 and he loves Moose! We have a calico long haired cat named Petunia, as well, some chickens and lots of fish! What would we do without these precious creations God gave us?! It sure would be a lonely world without pets! emoticon
    4118 days ago
  • MOMMA_LITTLE
    Lou, your blog was GREAT! We have taken in a very drooly dog named Moose (half English Mastiff, half Lab). He was our friend's son's dog and wasn't getting any attention. We also have a Sheltie named Charlie who's 10 and he loves Moose! We have a calico long haired cat named Petunia, as well, some chickens and lots of fish! What would we do without these precious creations God gave us?! It sure would be a lonely world without pets! emoticon
    4118 days ago
  • BEAMISH7
    Look to your Bible, Lou. There is no reincarnation in God's Holy Word.
    4118 days ago
  • VXWALL1942
    What a kind and gentle person you are to take in these 2 pups. I too would consider returning as a dog to the home of a loving and caring individual an acceptable alternative to my end of life. The problem is I don't know there's any guarantee that I wouldn't be one of the "Baby" or "Thumper" dogs who didn't find a wonderful home with you.
    4118 days ago
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