I love this photo. To me it captures the essence of dog. Noble, patient, loyal, on guard, staunch. I have no idea who he is but know this is a dog who is understood and loved. I'm calling him Rusty. He's not a wus. As a regular dog and a very rare cat sitter I've met mainly baby substitutes. As a childless person, believe me I get it. We even call them the fur babies. Well, they're not. They are not human, they are animals, look at Rusty he's part of the natural environment. I have learned this lesson more than once as it's a difficult one.
My last dog Flossie was sixteen when she died. I committed the baby substituter's greatest sin by keeping her alive past her allotted time. There was even a warning this was so when a young feral dog leapt over the fence and tried to take her down as she huddled in my yard, incontinent and nearly blind. I have looked after dogs in worse states than this as owners squeeze the last vestiges of unconditional love from their pets. For of course that's part of it. Rusty embodies this in bucket loads. He is love incarnate, committed to someone for life and we respond with longing from the part of us that is filled with conditional love but yearning for more.
I had the great good fortune to share Flossie's final weeks with my family of Arcturian Star Beings. I write about this in detail in my book 'Beyond Belief-Transcending the New Age', but here's an excerpt. (They call me My-Ya.)
“Please feel our healing love at this time. We know how much you and other humans love your pets and it saddens us to observe that for many humans it is your only experience of unconditional love in your lifetime. We also know you are now aware of other forms of unconditional love which may offer you comfort. It is an honourable thing you do My-Ya, her soul will release like a puff of wind as she passes for healing and repair before her next journey.
This letting go will allow you to move on too. You have discharged all your duties of care in the most honourable way possible. She offered her life in selfless devotion to you; it is your turn to pay back by being strong. If she was living in the wild, she would have been taken down by a younger animal. You are offering her a much more compassionate form of release from her body.”