Saturday, November 28, 2009

And for this, I am truly thankful...

Though I don't consider myself "elderly" (most days, anyway ;-), when I read this article on one of my favorite websites, Everyday Health, I thought about my own current situation--still trying to cope with the loss of my long-term relationship--and how much worse it all might have been had I not had my two loving beagles (Bela--named after the actor, Bela Lugosi--and Isis, the goddess) with me as I face a much different world than the one I had expected.

If anyone who reads this has ever had the blessing of being a pet owner, then you probably know well what I mean when I say that, in my beautiful 4-legged family members, I find so much more than companionship, I truly find unconditional love. It doesn't matter how long I'm gone away (10 minutes or 10 hours) but when I come back home, my beagles are jumping for joy and wagging their cute little tails off, so happy to see me that they wear themselves out & have to take one of their patented beagle naps!

On this first Thanksgiving without any of my human family, in the midst of trying to adjust to the not-so-sweet life of singlehood, I did as I have always done & took stock of all the blessings that I (still) have in my life, and (as usual) amongst the greatest of these blessings were those of the canine variety. :-)

1 comment:

DrGrimsby said...

As someone who has grown up and been around canines my whole life, I can truly understand this. There was a time when I hit rock bottom, and there I sat with my head in my hands, filled with sadness. My beagle friend came over and sat next to me, placing her head against mine and held it there for as long as I can remember. To me, that was a sign of a true friend. Whether canine or not, it was a show of unconditional love. Even though my beagle friend had to leave this plateau, I will always remember and cherish her. I was fortunate to have a friend like that in my life. So my dear friend, I understand where you're coming from. It is a beautiful thing. :)