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The Lessons My Dogs Teach Me

06.05.2012

Seriously, why don’t I have more gray hairs?? Or wrinkles?? Or mental breakdowns?? The last couple of days were quite interesting in our household but I’ve learned many lessons from the past couple of days, mainly because of my dogs. I’d like to share the story with you:

My dogs have a better attitude than 99% of the human race.

Sunday morning we woke up to a medical emergency with our oldest Boxer, Bubba. While Chris and I fretted and worried, Bubba remained calm and happy. And after he was seen and fixed up, he came to us in the examination room of the emergency vet, happy as can be. I can’t say the same about me, I would’ve been pretty miserable.

Hold tight, have faith and know God has a purpose.

Tiffany, our twelve year old Yorkie, took OFF early Sunday afternoon. After hours and hours of searching, day two approached quickly and still no word or sight of her. Needless to say, I was a mess. Tiffany is my first dog, ever and has been with me since I was in high school! Not knowing where she was, who had her, if she was ok…was killing me! We placed ads, called vets / agencies, posted flyers, several of our neighbors, family and friends gathered to search for her. 24 hours had come and gone, we took another couple of laps around the neighborhood and my spirit was low. I kept telling myself to have faith, to trust and brave the storm…which wasn’t easy. At about 7pm that evening my phone rings and a couple minutes later, we were out the door and down the street to our neighbor’s house to pick up Tiffany. A little scared and unsure but completely fine (and well taken care of by our sweet neighbors), Tiffany was in our arms on her way home. Quick tip: if your pet (God forbid) ever goes missing, don’t forget to put up posters in the area they went missing and then a little further.

You can’t control what happens to you but you can control how you react.

Our dogs went through some pretty life changing events (as well as did we) but everything turned out well and they didn’t let the experience(s) hold them down. I quickly learned that I HAVE to start handling situations that life throws at me differently. Believe me, I still get upset / mad but carrying through in faith, trust and knowing there’s a purpose greater than I could ever imagine helps me to know it’s not the end of the world. Things happen but the way we handle them can make a HUMONGOUS difference.

 

Here’s our sweet baby girl on the day she came home (my neighbor even put a bow in her hair!):

 

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