Day 1: Once Upon A Time

Ideally my first post would have been on 1/1/11, new year and all. But like my mom says, “When the spirit moves you.” You gotta go with the flow. So here we are just a few days shy of the End Of Summer Holiday. Eeewwww. Seems like yesterday that we (us Midwesterners) were reveling in 30 degree temps as we waited for the snow to melt for good . . . and here it will be again before we know it. Nuff said.

So. Once upon a time, my philosophy of life was this: Blessed are those who expect nothing, for they will not be disappointed. At the time, I took that to mean that if I didn’t expect anything, and didn’t get anything, then I wouldn’t be disappointed – right? But later it dawned on me that it could also mean if you expect nothing, you get nothing. Kind of like karma. You put out negative vibes and that’s what you get in return.

I turned my philosophy around just recently, when I joined a group of people on the web who own deaf dogs. When our GSD (German Shepherd Dog) became deaf after a “routine” ear-flushing procedure, I was beside myself. The world had ended. Our beautiful, smart, hyper-alert girl was DEAF. I needed company, solace, support. I was falling apart. Then I found DeafDogs on Yahoo. Within minutes of posting our situation, I was the recipient of more positive thoughts and wishes than I could ever have imagined. This group LOVES and CARES for their pets, regardless of the pets’ abilities or lack thereof. (A life lesson for all of us regardless of whether or not we are pet owners . . .)

They take each day ONE STEP AT A TIME. Their pets are no different than any others; they just can’t hear. One member posted a quote that so resonated with me. “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.” That’s my new mantra. When I’m having a particularly cruddy day and feeling totally worthless, I think of that quote. Somehow — it makes me look at things in a totally different, positive light.

End of story – our girl is regaining her hearing and I am learning to live for the moment, enjoying every single one to the best of my sorely deficient human abilities. Today I celebrate dancing in the rain! I hope you’ll join me. C

Deaf Dogs Education Fund

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3 Responses to Day 1: Once Upon A Time

  1. mickeymurphy says:

    Nothing is more precious than a pet with a disability. Wonderful that your dog mis regaining her hearing.

  2. Cynthia says:

    Yes. I love my girl. I have always said that she is my joy and my salvation. She is so spooky intuitive! I’m an almost stupid animal person. Love them all (with few exceptions.) Will do an animal blog one of these days!

  3. Bea Elliott says:

    Wonderful that you have this special bond and respect for your companion… It’s obvious you feel the loss for her, if she were to loose one of her abilities. I think if we all thought more about what the voiceless (animals) cannot say for themselves – Our empathy would make us that much more connected to each other as well.

    See yourself in others – Then who can you harm? ~ Buddha

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