This article is a very sad commentary on the utilization of innocent dogs for quite dangerous endeavors. While I do realize the life-saving that takes place via our canine friends at times such as earthquakes or on the slopes due to avalanches, I could never engage a dog of my own in such a field.
Kevin Richardson lives with lions in South Africa. In this one shot he swims with a lioness even though lions hate water, the lioness loves Kevin that much that she puts her fear of water aside and enjoys swimming with him.
Enlightenment doesn’t always come in the form we expect it. It need not be a self-styled guru or a complicated contraption measuring some mysterious quality. Sometimes it’s as close as the Chocolate Lab bounding happily through the backyard, or the feisty Terrier contentedly curled up on one’s lap for a nap.
In the foreword to this thoughtful, wonderfully illustrated gift book by Andrea Hurst and Beth Wilson, Dr. Bernie Siegel says, “Dogs are healers. . . . They seem to have figured out how to live beautifully so much better than we humans have.” Loosely modeled on 1980’s underground classic The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment, this charming book celebrates the simple wisdom and that special combination of natural earthiness and subtle spirituality that characterizes humankind’s best friend. Distinctive black-and-white dog images by acclaimed photographer Zackary Folk are accompanied by captions of down-to-earth spiritual wisdom “from” the dogs to their often confused “owners.”
We simply love this book! The wonderful photos show many breeds and the wisdom is just so apropos for us 2-legged folks, as we often need guidance from our spiritual furkids. Some of our favorites are:
►Admit to your faults: What’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is mine too.
►Be content. Longing is the root of all suffering.
►Be willing to ask for forgiveness. We all make mistakes, but who we are is not one of them.