When Your Tail Has No Reason to Wag

Do you ever have those days or those times when you just lack the zip a do da? A time when there is nothing to wag about?  The days you know that your person is hurting and all you can do is stay close.

Sometimes there seems to be nothing to wag about.  Yeah there are times my tail hurts. More often I sense my mom doesn’t feel well. Once in awhile there is a sadness I sense in her. Like she lost something… for a dog it is not difficult to sense this sadness. There are days where I know it takes everything my mom has to just walk what she calls “Brenda’s style.” Sometimes mom is literally so exhausted she drags tail from the time she gets nowagdayup. I know sometimes she gets up just because of me…to let me out, give my medication and feed me. I know on these days mom longs to just go back to bed but stays up and does all she can to stay strong. I’ve licked her tears away as she cries from the pain and the lost…the loss of function, the loss of ability, the sense she is losing the battle against the all the things gone wrong in her body. These are no wag days. I linger near her and she hugs me tight.

Then I watch in amazement as my mom regroups…sometimes it takes a day or two, sometimes it takes just a little while but my mom will regroup. It is not physical strength but a strength from a different source. I sense it. Her Source of Strength is not in doctors, pills or portions but my mom strength comes from Some One she calls Her Master and LORD Jesus Christ and the Hope infused in her can not be pushed down by any circumstance for long….as her Master comes to her aid sort of like I come to hers to comfort and help.

When my mom taps into her Source it makes my day. Though I still see her struggle, still in pain and small things are difficult…there is a JOY in her that brings that strength back.  This alone chases my no wag days away. My tail maybe little but when my mom has her “purpose and determination” back, boy can my tail wag!

May you never have no wag days. But if you do- I hope you have a source to get your wag back. Nothing is as great as that joy that bubbles up on the inside when my tail has no other choice but to …wag. 🙂

Commitment – The Four Letter Word

Some gnawed at the wire cage until their mouths bled. Many were barking continually while others curled up in the corner of their kennel, trembling with fear. The nice lady led me by all different sizes and breeds of my fellow canines in a long line of kennels. I didn’t understand why I was here. The only “human” dad I knew just dropped me off at No Kill Shelter.

Commitment the four letter wordWe could no longer stay with our “humans” for various reasons. Some “humans” just got tired of us like one gets tired of a new toy and decides to throw it and us away. A few of us were dropped off because we were unwanted in the first place. Parents gave into their children who promised to take care of their new pup- but didn’t so back to the shelter we went. A few  canines had behavior issues the humans couldn’t deal with and a few of us were rescued from those who abused us. Every canine at the Shelter had a story.

Though The No Kill Shelter was not our choice place to be, it was much better than where many of us were or could be.  The “humans” at the Shelter were so kind and patience with us, most of us knew how fortunate, loved and care for we were. Many of my fellow canines would be adopted by a loving forever homes. A few like me, would be trained and placed as a Service Dog while a few would live their whole life at the No Kill Shelter.

All of the canines at the No Kill Shelter had one thing in common we just wanted the chance to be a part of somebody’s life. We wanted to have somebody to love and have someone to love us. Commitment is a four letter word called love. Yes, even with us canines, love means commitment, dedication and work. But the benefits are great. The joy and love a human gets in return for their commitment is beyond measure. One thing we canines know how to do is bring value to a human’s life by loving-unconditionally. We will never abandon our human. We will bring our humans joy, laughter and lots of sloppy slurps.

On behalf of all my fellow canines- Thank You to all the No Kill Shelters and the people who work there and all the wonderful volunteers who love us enough to give us a second chance. You Rock! Thank You for your commitment. Thank you for your love.