Bella a golden retriever who was neglected in her earlier life was adopted and restored to her natural beauty by one of my hospice patients. The bond between dog and human is palpable when you walk in the room. I have a particular love for Goldens as I was fortunate enough to share 14 years of my life with my Ruby and now again 12 years with my doodle dog, Abby. Dogs are amazing creatures, loving us when we cannot love ourselves, ever faithful in their love. In fact, this morning I started my day with a wet kiss to my nose, is there any other way to greet the dawn?
Bella is sad sometimes, she knows the situation, the decline of her beloved Human, the suffering, the pain and emotional struggles, she bears witness to all. Last week when I saw her, she raised her head in anticipation of my visit with her Human, our visits are more like old friends rediscovering each other. There is a soul recognition, we have done this before, in other forms, in other lifetimes, the three of us. Once again, we are in a place of great learning and love, trying to tease out the lessons of life before life itself ebbs away and whisks us all back to the world of spirit. Bella knows this, her deep dark eyes shine with kindness. I sit on the floor with her, I stroke her golden fur, her back legs ache with age, I offer her reiki, silently. I speak to her in my mind, I know she is waiting, waiting for her Human to pass, wanting to walk that path with her so they can both exit this world together, their hearts are intertwined, their lesson is unconditional love, Bella exudes it, she is present, ever able and ready whenever her Human needs her, she is the guardian of her Human’s heart.
In rescuing Bella her Human rescued herself.