Saturday, February 7, 2009

lessons from my dog

you have probably read my blogs in the past mentioning my dog maggie; this is her! monday is her fourth birthday...don't let her bit of gray fool you :) she has been my little buddy for the last 4 years and i so enjoy having her around. she has even become a member of the whole family, being titled 'grandpuppy' by my mom and dad (who by the way were not dog people before her).
when i got her i wasn't expecting to learn anything from her, afterall, she's an animal. however, i have gleaned so much from this little canine and i thought i'd share some main points with you:
1. be careful when someone comes to the door, but once you know it's someone you like, be VERY EXCITED to see them. they are there to see YOU afterall.
2. cuddle with the people you love.
3. be willing to learn new things. especially when there is a treat at the end of your lesson.
4a. the simple act of being yourself is endearing
4b. the simple act of being yourself and doing what you were created and gifted to do brings worship to God.
5. whenever someone says 'you wanna go outside?' (or to a movie, game, etc) DO IT!
6. loyalty is very important
7. say hello to everyone you meet
8. to really get to know someone, you have to be open, vulnerable and willing to be a little uncomfortable (butt-sniffing comes to mind, though please let's leave that to the dogs)
now, there are a lot of other lessons i have learned from maggie, but these are some of the basics. i have also learned what it might be like for our Heavenly Father to deal with parents out there can draw the same lesson from your relationship with your children. when she does something over and over again that she's not supposed to do, or she destroys something of mine, of course i am upset. in the end though, i still love her and want to see her do 'the right thing' a.k.a. not pee on the floor.
i am very thankful for maggie and her simple companionship. there have been times where she's the only 'friend' i felt i had, and she has been a great help to me through my times of intense anxiety.
happy 4th birthday to
magdalena juanita conchita alonzo riveres gonzales-gonzales

1 comment:

Becky said...

I love Maggie! :D

Give her an extra scratch for me! :o)