You know that look you try not to show when someone makes such a stupid comment, or maybe they just need to be slapped back into reality. You want to do the honors of the reality slap but you reframe due to the kind person you are so you just walk away.
I do this when I hear people make comments about dogs not having a soul. OK, what defines a soul. After much research the three “definitions”(I use that term loosely as the soul comes from God and who knows the mind of God) that I thought describe it the best.
- The spiritual immaterial of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal.(immortal meaning not dying but crossing over to God at death)
- The principal of life, feeling, thought and action from those attributes.
- my favorite – The part that consist of mind, character, thought and feeling.
Our soul is what makes us as who we are. The ability to analyze a situation, act on it through our personality and character with compassion – compassion can be gentle or strong.
Think on all the things dogs do for us, not only in their protective abilities. Think of your worse day and your dog comes to you to quietly sit by your side, sometimes with head in lap or pushed under your arm to let you know “I am here”. How about the occasional lick on the face to wash away the tears you shed. Dogs KNOW the feelings of people and are especially tuned into their masters. They laugh with us when we are happy by bouncing around. Picture this, you just get home from work and are greeted with 100% tail wagging, circle turning unconditional love. How about if you trip and fall. You are immediately surrounded to assure all is well. And if you are hurt, they are by you side offering assistance.
Think of the times when this is all reversed, your dog is terrified of the vet or a thunderstorm. Now they are looking to you for love and support and when you give it, it strengthens the bond. Even when dogs are mistreated by their owners, they remain loyal. Dogs reflect God’s love for us. Always there, always protecting(even though we may not see it) and ALWAYS loving. Even when we don’t deserve it.
I saw a video on FB the other day of two dogs, one on the floor and one on the sofa. The one on the sofa had a cookie and as he bit into it, it broke in half. After eating the half in his mouth, with his nose, he pushed the other half over to the dog on the floor. Now I know not all dogs would do this but why would even 1. Because of inner being, soul.
Think of the times or dogs let us know of dangers heading our way. We understand that the dangers may not be real but still the dog sees something they feel is not right and they let us know. How many times has your dog look at you asking the question “Do you not see this?” Yes we do but we know how to handle the scary plastic bag moving up and down the street. We laugh but they are ever in protective mode – some more and some less – because of their love for us. And the more we love them, the more they love us. An ever evolving circle.
My whole point of this is to remind us of dogs and all animal having the gift of a soul. Everything that has breath is a creation of God and the soul is a gift given out of love for everything. All of it reflecting God’s love for all of creation.