Mark and I recently spent 5 magical (completely unplugged) weeks on Nevis, West Indies. Doggie lived on the property we rented. She was a happy dog with a big heart, and she accompanied us on all walks, runs, and swims. On Thursday I learned that Doggie (5 years old) died. She was poisoned by a man who thought dogs were hurting his animals (ugh--Doggie couldn't hurt anything bigger than a fly). What heartbreaking news. I knew Doggie only 5 weeks, yet I mourn her. While on Nevis I wrote a short tribute to Doggie. I share it today in honor of her death (and her life!).
I remember a dharma talk where the teacher reads a list of qualities the audience thought belonged to an enlightened person, but the punch line is this creature is simply a dog. While on Nevis, Doggie has been our role model. She's perfected the nap (in the coolest spot). She's up for any adventure, no expectations attached. She loves to be rubbed, yet when we tell her we're done, she lays down--no rumination about all the ways we don't love her. She's always happy to see us--sometimes with a full-butt tail wag. She sings to Mark's music. She playfully chases animals, but never hurts them. What a wondrous life! Every day anew. Every day enjoyed in the moment. Doggie is our role model.