Speaking of praises, we were both healthy enough to attend church yesterday. I had only been away two weeks, but it felt like much longer. It is so encouraging to be in corporate worship with friends and loved ones. It was really good to be back.
We did a little "doggie duty" in the afternoon. Our friends had to be away for the day and we were lucky enough to be able to take their greyhound, Cabela, out for his afternoon constitutional. He is such a great dog. I don't know if all greyhounds are like him, but he has the nicest temperament. He's a little stubborn at times, but his overall congeniality makes it easy to forgive that little glitch in his personality.
Honestly, his eyes don't glow in the dark.
There is a sadness to this story though. He is suffering from a very rare canine autoimmune disease and the prognosis isn't good. We are all trying to enjoy every moment we have with him. He has had a wonderful life since his adoption and that gives us comfort.
Last night, we received a call from our neighbor telling us that they had said "goodbye" to their wonderful chocolate lab on Saturday. She has been a part of their lives for so many years. It was like losing a family member. They decided to bury her in the back yard. I went over to visit her grave today and left a flower. We will miss her so much. She had been ill for some time and we know this is best for her.
I hope this doesn't sound like a maudlin post. Both of these animals have blessed and enhanced the lives of those around them. They are a part of the circle of our lives and we are the better for having known them. This then, is about the joy of their being.
"The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, not on our circumstances."