My New Year’s Resolutions

Silly!  Dogs don’t have New Year’s resolutions!  We live in the moment.  We don’t regret the past.  We don’t hope to do better.  We know we are always doing our best.

 We do anticipate good things, though, especially tummy rubs, ear scratches, catching balls and food, food, food.

 So, I am anticipating:

more tummy rubs, more naps, more running in the neighborhood and getting to know Other Dogs, more games of catch, and lots more food!  Maybe even gravy!  Or eggs!  who knows!

I am anticipating a little lefse or toast if mom will just leave them out by mistake sometime.

I am anticipating rides in the car.

I am anticipating visits from The Boys.

What are you anticipating?

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I have fun in the snow

outside-12-30-07-closeup-bust-snowy-face.jpgoutside-12-30-07-001.jpgHere are a couple of pictures of me having fun outside in the snow today!  It was fun, but I wish Diane would get me a new frisbee to chase!  In the meantime, I just found a paperbag to tear up.

A Dog Psalm

Because Grendel Asked Me To, and I Love Grendel:

I am dog.  I forgive without asking for forgiveness.

I will forgive you before you are ready to receive my look, my lick on your hand.  I do not bargain forgiveness; I do not make a deal.  You are forgiven even before you harm or holler or neglect or ignore.  Tomorrow is a new day.  Tonight is already a new time.  The sun witll not set on my anger.  I forgive you for I am yours and you are mine.  We agreed without a signed document.  You can hold me to words I cannot say, to a sentence I cannot write.  Hold me to who I am.  I am dog and I forgive.  Forgiving feels right.  I do not ask why.  I will not sleep with a grudge.

God,

I forgive.  I will not go to sleep with a grudge.  I do not carry anger with me for long.  I know the strength and peace inside forgiving.  I believe forgiveness weakens a battle line, erases wrinkles in the spirit, brings relief to my mind.  I forgive and chains fall, foe becomes a friend, a family relaxes, children hug and sing and play again.  Forgiveness makes possible change, a time to grow, telling the truth, acts of kindsness, reconciliation.  Your forgiveness is in me.

From:  Dog Psalms, Prayers My Dogs Have Taught Me, by Herbert Brokering

Rowan blessed ME!

godblessyou.jpgOur friend Paul blessed Rowan, and Rowan blessed me!  I am so lucky to have good friends.  I’ll try to tell you a little bit about the blessing, but I’m not sure I know how to “link” yet.

Here is some information about the blessing:

The idea… it’s a game of tag with a difference, rather than looking inwardly, we look outside ourselves and bless, praise and pray for one blog friend. By participating in this endeavour we not only make the recipient of the blessing
feel valued and appreciated, but we are having some fun too. We’re going to see how far the bloggin’ blessings can travel around the world and how many people can be blessed! Recipients of a bloggin’ blessing may upload the above image to their sidebar if they choose to. If you recieve a bloggin’ blessin’ please leave a comment on this thread here so that we can rejoice in just how many blessings have been sent around the world!

Now I bless and pray for Grendel, Cub and Amie over at her mom Zorra’s blog.  (and I promise to get a picture of the blessing as soon as I can figure it out!)

I think it’s great that dogs can get blessed too!  And be a blessing.  Although I think we’ve been doing that for a long time.

My Favorite book

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This books has many prayers for dogs in it.  I highly recommend it for all dogs and people.  It doesn’t matter if you are a golden retriever, a husky, a labrador, a german shepherd, or anything else (they say “mutt”, but I say, what is a “mutt”?)

 Cats:  get your own book!

What Christmas Means to Me

On Christmas Eve, Diane is gone for a long time,  I don’t know where she goes.  Then everyone else leaves too.  When she comes back, she brings a lot of people with her, and they are very noisy.  They almost forget to feed me, but they don’t.

They put candles on the table, and eat meatballs, and other food I don’t care about.  Then there is a lot of noise and a lot of paper all over the place.  It’s just a little too exciting for for me, so I hide under the table until it’s over.

 They stay up longer than usual, and Diane puts a funny red collar one me, which kind of itches.  I have fun playing with ribbons sometimes.

 Then Diane leaves again.  I don’t know where she goes.  I’m so happy when she comes back.  I wish she could always stay here.

I heard someone say that Christmas is about God always being with us.  If it’s anything like when Diane comes back from wherever it is she goes, it must be great!

my favorite things

It’s Christmas, and I thought I would name a few of my favorite things.

1.  Snow.  Mom doesn’t like it soooo much, but I love it.  If it’s too cold for my paws, I just stick my head in the snow, and roll around a few times.  I wonder why humans don’t do that?

2.  Squeaky toys.  I hope I get one or two new squeaky toys in my Christmas stocking (hint, hint).

3.  Bunnies.  They are sort of like squeaky toys.  I hardly ever catch one, even though I am fast!

4.  Food.  I’m not particular.  I like every food, even soap!  What?!  Who said Soap is not food?

5.  Food.  (I really like food.)

6.  The boys.  When they come over, I get so excited!  I can hardly keep from jumping all over them!  I think I will see them at Christmas, and that will be just about the best Christmas present ever!

more favorite things to come…

what are yours?

 I can’t figure out how to add a picture of me!