I pulled in to my friends' new house for another day of helping make what was a really odd space into something nice for his wife and kids. Looking up the street I see a golden Labrador pulling a woman down the road. The dogs name is Murphy. I have not seen him for a long time since I went to Switzerland, and I believe his owners were visiting Germany to visit kids.
“he had to come see you. He must have recognized the sound of your car?” was a slightly astonished look on the woman. As he came closer, Murphy started wagging his tail very rapidly and letting out little whimpers.
“wow, It is nice to be missed! I had no idea he would remember me. i feel a bit special!”
I guess what is odd is that I might have had three interactions a few months ago with Murphy and his owner before I left. He is simply a beautiful happy dog, and I enjoyed the chats with his pastor father and explaining what was going to happen on this street. I joked, “all you need is a rabbi, and you really can have a holy street!”
Some people like cats, other dogs. I confess that I am probably more a dog person, and in real life, I would be more like a dog. I joke that a dog is one of the few animals that can give you unconditional love. That is why “dog” is “god” spelled backwards.
Granted if you go back to the DNA of all domesticated dogs, you will come to a place where the wolf was the start of the genetic tree. Perhaps that is why I get to hope that humans can change. A wolf is a magnificent and wild creature. I doubt you can really tame one.
On the other hand, dogs have and can learn to be sweet and love. My nephew brought his new dog up for the Christmas holiday, and I can only imagine the amount of work he had to put in to get the dog from an abused rescue dog to the sweet and happy animal it is today.
Can’t the same thing happen with humans?
As for my few minutes with Murphy…it was sweet to get some love from him. I would love a dog, but I don’t know where home really is on this planet anymore. Right now I am led on a path that probably looks insane to the regular world, yet, it actually is helping people in ways I never knew I would be doing.