This Post Is Ode to Maggy
My 2 year old Goldendoodle, Maggy, is snoozing in the corner right now. She has no idea this blog post is about her. In fact, she doesn’t even know (or care!) what a blog is. Further, she has no idea that, based on reports that Obama’s children may be selecting a Goldendoodle as the First Puppy, she’s about to become the most famous breed of dog in the world. She doesn’t care; although I’m sure she’ll love the additional attention she’ll attract on her morning walks. I can’t be sure, but I think she thinks the computer is my master. Admittedly, I do stare at it a good deal, I do rush to its side when it calls me (well, sometimes), and, yes, I often spend more time working on the computer than I do walking her.
Maggy is My Guru
I have decided to make Maggy my Guru simply because, for me, she seems to embody most of the characteristics of a good guru. A guru, says Wikipedia, is a person who is regarded as having great knowledge, wisdom and authority in a certain area, and uses it to guide others. Other sources simply say a guru is a “spiritual leader” and make no requirement that a guru has two legs versus four. Actually, the word guru comes from the Sanskrit words “gu” and “ru”. Gu means darkness and ru means light. A guru brings light into darkness. Thus, I have decided, for now, there is a lot I can learn from Maggy.
Here are the things that make Maggy, and most dogs, natural gurus:
- Lives in the present moment
- Holds downward dog pose for 30 seconds (or more) with no problem
- Drops into meditation (snooze-ville) at the drop of a hat
- Forgives and forgets instantly
- Protects those she loves
- Kind no matter what
- Does not judge others
- Always happy to see me
- Loves to chase balls
- Likes to smell other dog’s bums
- Hates cats – actually she doesn’t hate cats, she loves cats, she’s obsessed with them and follows our 2 cats around our house
Zen and the Art of Sniffing a Two-Legged Dog
Walking with Maggy yesterday near our home, we came across a dog with two legs. In order to enable the dog to walk, he laid in a a doggy-wheelchair that had two wheels on the back. He walked by scuffling his front legs forward, which turned the back wheels. Interestingly, the dog had a huge smile on his face as if he didn’t notice at all that he was different from any other dog. He lacked self-judgment and I admired his spunk. Maggy, who normally avoids wheels of all sorts, paused for a moment, cocked her head to one side, and examined this two-legged, two-wheeled creature. I wondered what she was thinking and, worried she may lurch, braced myself. Maggy, however, calmly proceeded forward and tried to smell her new-found friend’s bum through the wheels.
I’ve been searching for a guru for quite some time now and and come to found out, my guru, wet nose and all, sleeps at my feet each night. So, until I get to India and meet a speaking, human guru, I think Maggy my Goldendoodle will do just fine.
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