The Long Road Back Home

I have always been a devout fan of the “cute” animal stories that continuously surface across the web.  They manage to find their way into my in-box; safely nestled between offers of Nigerian riches from a long-lost distant relative and suggestions to improve my sex life by ingesting the latest Eastern European pharmaceuticals!  The animal stories that always strike a chord in my heart have to do with those poor lost dogs that, against all odds, manage to find their owners anew.

There was a recent news article that referenced a canine owner who moved out-of-state to accept a new job.  He had to settle for an apartment that did not accept pets; so he left his dog with family members some thousand miles away.  The canine prisoner managed to dig his way out of his caretaker’s back yard, spent some three months in the wild as a stray, and showed up at his master’s new porch step!  Forget that the dog did not have the benefit of a forwarding address; instead sit back in amazement as you ponder how this animal located his master!  There was no lingering scent to follow, there was no indication of even which direction to head off in; all that the four-legged adventurer had going for him was faith and loyalty!

Even more recently, I read an incredible doggie article through tear-stained eyes.  A dog’s master passed away unexpectedly.  Family members took the newly orphaned mongrel into their home.  The dog managed to run away and locate his master’s grave in the nearby cemetery.  For the past six years, the devoted canine has been keeping vigil over his owner’s final resting place.  How does a reasonable person even begin to make sense of this phenomenon?  What else short of loyalty, faith, and devotion could ever begin to explain this seeming miracle?

These two particular pet sagas have been churning through my mind for the past week or so.  I have tried in vain to make sense of what transpired in each of the inspirational stories.  How could these animals have known where their respective owner’s had ended up?  What drove their four paws in the correct direction?  Was there some kind of epiphany that let them know they had arrived at the destination successfully?  No matter how intently I wrestled with the question, there was no reasonable answer to be found!

Then it struck me!  Reason would never yield the answers I was seeking so futilely.  Once you abandon the logical aspects of your thinking; you are left with the beauty of a newfound world call spirituality.  Events and situations no longer need to make sense.  To the contrary, they simply need to be accepted and appreciated.  The “why” behind something loses all significance when you are satisfied in the fact that it simply happened.  Some would call it ignorance, but I prefer to label it “bliss.”

These two particular dogs did not pause to ask themselves if what they were doing was possible or if it even made sense.  I am not even certain that they have the mental capacity to ponder such a question.  These enlightened canines simply followed their instincts and set aside the realm of possibility.  Whether the call came from deep within themselves or from some form of divine direction; they simply trusted their feelings and moved forward with their improbable mission.

How often are we, as advanced forms of life, called onto the instinctual carpet?  Do we hear that little voice whispering from deep within our very being?  Do we listen for that subtle cue that is gifted to us from the world of the divine?  Are we so busy existing within our comfortable world of reason to be bothered by that which can only be described as “other worldly?”  Do we cease to truly live; instead enjoying the numbing effect imposed upon us by the real world?

I admire the two canine heroes that I have come to know through online news snippets.  I am convinced that their stories are but two out of hundreds that have gone unreported by the media.  Without a doubt, there are countless other instances where animal faith and loyalty have dumbfounded human observers.  Amazingly enough, even the most advanced science has failed to explain how these miracles came about.

As I sit on the couch typing these words; my faithful canine companion Xena is fast asleep at my feet.  Gazing at her massive sleeping form; I cannot help but feel a certain comfort.  If we were to suddenly be separated, I have little doubt that she would find me.  I only wish that I could say the same about the converse situation.  Would I be able to set aside my logical mind in order to trust my instincts enough to guide me back to her?  It is a disturbing question, and I ask myself who has been blessed more deeply; the human with the ability to write this story or the canine who is peacefully slumbering away?

The rest of today will be spent in introspection.  Which one of us is truly the master; Xena or me?

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About Jerry V. Dollar, Author, Humorist, Observer of the Human Condition

When not trekking around the globe, Jerry Dollar can be found in Colorado Springs, CO where he lives with his wife Robbi. Besides an affinity for writing and travel; he is also an avid bodybuilder, a very prolific reader, and an enthusiastic observer of the human condition. Jerry has published two books which are available on: Lulu, Amazon, Kindle, Nook, and IBook. "Announcing a Flight Delay" is a hilarious recap of the author's experiences as a million mile flyer. "A Dollar's Worth" is a collection of observations on the human condition, which originally appeared as blog posts. Dr. Dollar has served in various senior executive management capacities over the past 25 years. He has previously worked within the healthcare, insurance, software, and several other high technology industries. Jerry is recognized for his expertise in creating the foundations for emerging organizations to succeed in complex sales environments. He is also well known for his leadership in guiding technology companies through rapid growth phases. Jerry speaks five languages and has conducted business in over 70 countries on six continents. He holds particular expertise in the Latin American and Western European geographic areas. Dr. Dollar holds a BA in International Affairs, a BA in Spanish, an MBA in Marketing, and a PhD in Organizational Development. He has authored numerous professional articles, various training courses, and has conducted seminars and conferences around the world.
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3 Responses to The Long Road Back Home

  1. Maurice Rubens says:

    Truelly Nice!

  2. Good morning, Jerry. Lovely to have you in my inbox again. Sorry it has taken me three of your interesting blogs before replying. Re your aunt’s plastic covered settee – years ago we had friends who did this, and, although I never analized why, we were seldom comfortable when we went to their houjse but always comfortable with them when they came to ours. One day the plastic was off of their settee and it never went back. After that it was a joy to go to their house. Interesting!.
    Anyway this is mostly to say Hi (an American expression I believe which has been widely adopted here, although one of my grand-daughters usually starts her emails with Hey… Warm wishes to you, your family and Xena – well she’s family too isn’t she, like our two cats, Gert and Daisy are to us. (Their names date us don’t they?. Gert and Daisy were a variety turn umpteen years ago – maybe you’ve heard of them? All the best and welcome back, Joan

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