How My Dog Ended Up Saving My Life (& Spirit).

Via Tara Lemieux
on Jun 14, 2013
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Me and my dog.

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.” ― Milan Kundera

I had a very challenging past few days. My body, you see, wasn’t up to cooperating with my normal task listing of the day. In my mind, I had a million and one things sitting right there and waiting to be done. And in my heart, I realized there was another great story to be told.

I first noticed the wobbly weakness as I made my way up from the couch, and into my kitchen. In those few short steps, I found myself breathless and with one knee to the floor―my faithful companion, Nudnick, sniffing anxiously at my face.

In these past few months, my little puppy has learned well to adapt his pace to my most frustrating limitations―accepting me on each of my good days and bad, and not ever once pausing to offer his judgement.

Dogs are just this way. They are the angels that walk this earth amongst us―loving unconditionally, forgiving immediately and gifted with this miraculous gift of ‘knowing.’ But, most notably, they are the universal sentinels of our human spirits.

If we were to find these qualities in a human friend, we might cling tightly to them, forever and with all of our being. But when the universe offers these traits selflessly in a package called ‘dog’―we dismiss them as cute, and nothing more.

In some ways, I believe dogs to be the truest incarnation of ‘soul.’

“Perhaps one central reason for loving dogs is that they take us away from this obsession with ourselves. When our thoughts start to go in circles, and we seem unable to break away, wondering what horrible event the future holds for us, the dog opens a window into the delight of the moment.” ― Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

You see, if it weren’t for my puppy waiting always patiently right here―I might have just lost my way forever back to ‘upright.’

How ironic, that in my stumbling I found just a ‘little insight?’

In that, sometimes the greatest heroes of all, are the ones who come cloaked in the smallest of fuzzy brown packages.

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About Tara Lemieux

Tara Lemieux is a mindful wanderer, and faithful stargazer. She is an ardent explorer and lover of finding things previously undiscovered (or, at the very least, mostly not-uncovered.) When she’s not writing, you can find her walking in the woods and sometimes changing the way we look at things, one simple moment at a time. You can contact her at via her website Mindfully Musing or, take one second to "LIKE" her on Facebook at Tara's Facebook Page. Or email her directly at [email protected]. All roads will lead to one home, and rest assured she (and Nudnick, the wonder dog) would LOVE to hear from you.


13 Responses to “How My Dog Ended Up Saving My Life (& Spirit).”

  1. Carolyn Riker says:

    Faith animal friends come to us especially when we need them the most. Thank you for this essay. Beautiful words as always, Tara.

  2. Tara Lemieux says:

    Thanks, Carolyn ~ you are always so wonderfully kind with your words… much love, and namaste… Tara

  3. Carolyn Riker says:

    Oops! *faithful! I get a little excited when I write. 🙂

  4. Liz says:

    Beautiful words Tara. I know exactly what you mean and am glad I'm not the only one who feels this way about dogs. They are the most faithful and amazing friends and they speak to something in my soul. The wag of a tail will always lift my heart >3

  5. Tara Lemieux says:

    Thank you, Liz ~ I absolutely love it when they are so happy that their whole body shimmies and shakes from snout to tail…that's always something to make this old heart smile. Much love, Liz ~ and namste!

  6. Tara Lemieux says:

    lol Carolyn… I oddly understood…remember, we speak the same excited writer language.

  7. Lisa Avebury says:

    You captured the essence of the dog Spirit very clearly in your piece. Thank you for writing it. My beast sits beside me as I write this comment patiently waiting for that walk we are over due for. He is my inspiration on many levels and I feel blessed to have him in my life. Peace & Blessings, Lisa Avebury and Douglas Fur Avebury PS-I love the name "Nudnick". I wonder if you are from the east coast as I haven't heard anyone used it since I was a kid. It made me smile.

  8. Tara Lemieux says:

    Thank you, Lisa ~ you are so kind…

    Yes, I am originally from the east coast – though life has carried me many places these past years. It was a term my grandmother used (quite often) and it always made me smile when I heard it…

    Much peace and wonder-filled blessings this day….namaste, love Tara & Nudnick (the magnificent)

  9. Kelly ONeil says:

    My friend went through a bout of depression and ended up writing a book called puppy chow is better than Prozac by Bruce Goldstein

  10. Donna Syms says:

    Get another dog in the house and then you'll see jealousy ! Dogs are pack-animals and so are emotional creatures like humans. But seriously, thank you for your story. I know it. Many times keeping a dog has saved me from suicidal clinical depression just by forcing me to drag myself out of bed to give her/him some dog-fun at the park or down along the river-bank.

  11. Donna Syms says:

    P.S. Namaste to everyone !

  12. Tara Lemieux says:

    Donna – I have two dogs in my home, and they get along famously…like old souls.

  13. Tara Lemieux says:

    Kelly…will have to check that out. Thanks for sharing ~