When I was out walking the other day, I ended up seeing someone who I usually talk to. Usually, I speak to him outside his house while he is working in his garden but this time he was out walking his dog.
The last time I remember seeing the dog was when he was running around a field, naturally trying to round up the sheep. You might be thinking right now that this dog must be a sheep dog and if you are, you are right.
If I was asked if I prefer cats or dogs, I would say that I prefer dogs. When I was growing up, we had two golden retrievers, along with numerous other pets.
So, as there were no cats around, I didn't get the chance to develop an understanding or an appreciation for them. When I think of the animals that we did have, I had a special bond with a lot of them.
A Unique Experience
Anyway, when I looked down at the dog, I thought it was just like any other dog at first. But, after a while, I got the sense that this dog was different to a lot of the dogs that I had met over the years.
This dog seemed very present and when I put my hand out, he came walking over to me. It was as though I wasn't just in the presence of a dog; I was in the presence of a being that was more than his physical form.
I felt very comfortable with the dog and instantly opened up when he walked towards me. It has been said that some, if not all, animals embody unconditional love and this dog seemed to be an expression of this type of love.
At the time, I said that the dog had a strong presence and a special soul. Ultimately, I had a lot going on at a level beyond my intellect and I couldn't truly describe what I was experiencing.
Trying to piece it all together
That night, I reflected on what had taken place and once again I thought that there was something different about the dog. I regularly meet dogs when I'm out walking but a lot of them don't seem to possess a great deal of presence.
They often act like dogs, so they bark, sniff and jump around. In other words, a lot of them seem to be primarily controlled by their instincts and are operating at a 'lower' level of consciousness.
A Therapy Dog
A few days after this, I ended up seeing the same guy again and, after hearing him bark in the window, I said "how is he doing?" He said that he was fine and he went on to say that he was one of these dogs that go around places like care homes and schools to settle people down and cheer them up.
After I heard this, I was as though the experience I had had and what I had been thinking and feeling had been validated. I knew there was something different about the dog and what I had just heard proved it.
A Funny Story
I was told that he loves eating biscuits and sometimes has to be put on a diet. This made me laugh and think that while he has a special gift, he is still subject to the urges that every other dog has.
This made me think about how a human being can have a lot of presence and be very loving and still have a number of shortcomings. A dog is still a dog and a human being is still a human being; neither is perfect or is supposed to be.
Have you ever come across a dog like this or another animal that had a strong presence and was very loving? Perhaps you have a pet that is like this and are to experience this every day, or perhaps you had a pet like this in the past and were able to experience this for many years.
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Oliver JR Cooper
Oliver JR Cooper
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That which is contained within these articles is based on my own empirical understanding and is true for me at the time they were written. However, as I continue to grow, what I perceive as the truth will inevitably change and as a result of this - parts of these articles may not reflect my current outlook.