Be the person your dog thinks you are
I love people. I have faith in people. I have after all studied four years to become a social worker because I believe in the innate goodness of humans. The ability to become better versions of themselves.
But between you and me, I suspect I love dogs more.
This morning I watched a clip on NBC news that gripped my heart. So much so that I had to leave everything I am busy with to share it with you.
We are all familiar with the atrocity of what is taking place in Ukraine. We pray for them, we purchase patterns on Etsy from Ukrainian designers to make a small contribution and we support organisations like Gift of the Givers that are actively working there.
May we never grow desensitized to the devastating scenes of destruction, the blank expressions on children’s faces hiding in subways, mothers and grandmothers weeping over the bodies of young men in the prime of their lives.
But the clip this morning was about a Ukrainian man, Nikolai, that returned to his home in Bucha to find his house standing just the way he and his family have fled from it on March 9th. The house is frozen in time because the Russians didn’t get to it and the dinner plates were still on the table. But lo and behold.. upon entering he heard his dog barking! His dog was waiting for him. It did take a few moments to warm up before he recognised his owner but I can just imagine that reunion.
I once read “Be the person your dog thinks you are”. That is simple enough for me. For today. Today I am going to try and be that person.
For all mankind (but mainly for my dogs! 😊)