Yesterday morning at about 5am, my dog Tuukka climbed on to the bed to greet Kevin and I good morning. This is her normal routine and she hates sleeping with us since we must take up room on the bed with our physical bodies. (She’s really said that to me before!)
Anyway, as she was getting comfortable I heard her stomach gurgle. Loudly. Then again. And again. Kevin said, “Is that her stomach?” and we agreed that it was. I immediately began imagining the swath of dog diarrhea that was probably lurking downstairs on my good rug.
“I wonder what she ate?” questioned Kevin. I said I had no idea as she never eats anything bad (we don’t know why, she’s just way more in to treats than scavenging). As we lay there trying to figure it out, I asked Kevin, “Did you feed her last night?” and he said he hadn’t. Neither had I.
No wonder her tummy was growling like that! She hadn’t eaten since breakfast the day before!
And what’s even more crazy is that she never asked for her food. Not once. Bella, our dog before Tuukka, would start barking every night at 5:59pm (dinner was at 6pm) and Kelso would start whining as well. But Tuukka didn’t say a word.
Now, while I feel absolutely terrible for forgetting to feed Tuukka, this started me down another path thinking about how many animals out there are also not vocal about their needs. And thinking about how vulnerable animals are to the whims and wills of us humans – whether they are our pets, animals in captivity, or animals in the wild.
Later that day at work, while teaching one of my webinar classes, I found myself thinking about the vulnerability of all of these animals and what could I do to help them and how can we save them and make them all safe and what could be done to fix this whole situation… I needed to be doing more than I was. I was supposed to be pushing harder at all this stuff!
And then Tuukka showed up. She never comes up to my office (it’s on the third floor and I don’t do much playing when I’m up there) – and starts rubbing on my legs, rolling around on the floor, making loud gagging sounds with her mouth, and putting her head on my lap…
She showed up in my office to give me love, because I wasn’t giving it to myself. I was beating myself up for forgetting to feed her and I was blowing it up into a whole “I’m failing at saving the world!” thing. But Tuukka… she was over it. She loved me no matter what – whether I was successful or not, whether I fed her correctly or not… She reminded me what unconditional love feels like.
And that’s exactly what I needed in that moment.
Love and Light,
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