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Proverbs 12:9-11 “Better to be lightly esteemed yet have a servant, than to be self-important but lack food. 10A righteous man regards the life of his animal, but the tender mercies of the wicked are only cruelty. 11The one who works his land will have plenty of food, but whoever chases fantasies lacks judgment.”

Lawrence  Morra III

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My Little Spitfire’s Tribute to God’s Plan; We can Linger

“Good to take some time to Linger”

♥️♥️♥️ Good Morning Tamara! I agree 100% And your experiences as well as your very objective insight point out how natural and perhaps necessary this behavior is as part of the grieving process which can be even extremely difficult for some people more than others due to their level of sensitivity and personal hardship dealing with loss especially if such a person had invested so much of themself into the one they lost; this shock of facing our own mortality and those we love so much demonstrates I think a deep even unconscious seeking of security!  I believe what a professor once said many years ago in a university World Literature class about what she phrased as “The Human Condition” which at the time I remember it struck me as something I never had realized up to that point, how we people are so fragile and we do have a condition which includes great vulnerability and naturally can create tension or even fear! Perhaps even though most of the time its subliminal and so overshadowed by all of our conscious efforts to survive and get through another day here in the living we are distracted enough, to not dwell on or ponder this deep seated concern as more than a passing uncomfortable thought and something no one really wants to think about, such as the losing of loved ones and even our own lives.  Of course many will say this is where faith comes in and with a strong belief in God we shouldn’t have to worry or be frightened of these prospects that we inevitably must face moving forward!  But even with faith as strong as it can be from my own experience, and I really know God is absolutely there, so I do trust in Him as Jesus is the Savior without a doubt; I still have the fact of my being here in the here and now as a flesh, fragile and at times very sensitive emotional being who is suffering with so many others who are the same, in this human condition!  Sadness can take hold and you are right to point out how this is a normal thing to experience and as I see this situation it must be allowed to take its course in a sensible compassionate way as a cathartic necessity for we living vulnerable humans that can experience a wide range of emotions from joy and ecstasy to sheer and utter fear; all of these emotions normal and natural consequences of being imperfect fallible mortal creatures; who want to cling to life and preserve all they can in order to survive; while also feeling secure.

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One caveat here I want to mention about my own experience, was when I lost another of my dogs another Samoyed which was the runt of the litter that my other Samoyed had which I’ve written about.  When I lost this dog it was so hard to contain the shock of this reality once again striking my heart and soul. I was taking care of her like a hospice patient when she developed liver cancer and being nearly 17 of our years old, which is up there as you know for a dog’s lifespan, and so the potential of any success for treatment being nearly zero; yet rather than have her euthanized which all those involved at the time had suggested I wanted her to decide when she was ready to leave me!  So, I said no, I’m going to let her continue trying to get any happiness out of living among us, me, the other dogs and family, as long as she wants to try, and isn’t in any horrible pain or too serious discomfort that she doesn’t want, but, because she was always so determined it’s better to let her hang on as long as she wants to try!  I know my dogs very well and this fur baby was so precious and loved me so deeply wanting to stay around probably more for my sake than her own, so I would go to work and leave her and the other dogs making sure she was as comfortable as she could be.  I would look in her eyes every day, talking to her while being able to truly communicate I think even more on a deeper spiritual level, like that dogs 6th sense thing, so we communed well enough that I could tell if she wanted to stay in this world or not!  And she was always a spitfire running the fastest and showing the most exuberance when I would be tossing the ball for the dogs to chase, she would typically beat all of them to it and run right back to me faithfully!  Even now I cry remembering how amazing her spirit to please and be alive was so strong; as I do believe that anything so profoundly good will always be with God in eternity!  Because God being Omnipotent and Eternal from which all good comes, this good is never lost, just like the concept of matter cannot be created nor destroyed in its simplest or purest form, the First Law of Thermodynamics states that neither matter nor energy can be created or destroyed. The amount of energy in the universe is constant – energy can be changed, moved, controlled, stored, or dissipated. However, this energy cannot be created from nothing or reduced to nothing.  allaboutscience.org .

Albert Einstein said this; “We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self.” Einstein on Self and the Mystical Albert Einstein 1954

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I think his great perception of this living earthbound reality along with my own personal perspective of religious experience even of the mystical around us spells out or confirms so profoundly how this real sense of beyond there being more to it all than meets the eyes truly is; we are absolutely part of God the Creator, and He has it all ultimately covered for the best possible outcome when all is said and done; according to His loving plan!

So I’m saying this is all a great hope to me living imperfect in this here and now, knowing this is bigger than me and you or the whole human race and rests solely in God’s hands!  This actually reduces fear, knowing that God has revealed this Great God Truth to mankind, if we just take the time while being truly faithful to Him to look for His ultimate Truth!  Seek and you will find knock and the door shall be opened!  We are not to expect we can know anything we want and so there are huge limits upon us as to what God will allow us to know and not know while living in this plane of existence but the great news is He gives us what we need to know and didn’t give us more than we can handle which is a very well know adage as I’m sure you are aware!

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“18Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19Again, I tell you truly that if two of you on the earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. 20For where two or three gather together in My name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18-20

But back to my little spitfire runt passing on; late one night as I got ready to leave for work at my local government job, I made sure she was comfortable as usual and her being so frail at this point I had left her on my bed to feel close to me knowing her time was coming, even most likely that day; we both knew it.  She had not been in any real pain to speak of other than being quite weak and her having been missing being that spitfire unable to join the other dogs, it must have been sad for her I thought, but, her desire to hang in there and stick to me with such great loyalty was so strong a force and more important to her, as she really wanted to please me and be my little champion!  I had just gotten a small dose of tramadol from the Vet in case she suddenly took a turn for the worst and some event internally took place putting her in great pain, I would provide the medication to ease her through it.  As I said, I knew and she knew the time had come and typically when she was lying on my bed I would play what had obviously become her favorite song just by how relaxed she would be as it played on the stereo; that song by the Cranberries, Linger! I get emotional again now with happy but deep heart felt tears as I know it was all in God’s hands now and did trust we had done the right thing for her! I left for work and had given her a dose of tramadol with the music playing softly in the background on continuous loop.  A blessing in disguise was how I had for a short period been placed on an overnight shift when typically for years I worked the day shift there; so when I returned home early in the morning I immediately looked down the hall toward my bedroom and saw her lying there with her mouth open and still breathing!  I sat with her talking and comforting her as I actually told her thank you for being such a brave good dog and friend, as now it was quite obvious to us both the time had come and it was time to leave!  I hugged her and then scooped her up in my arms because she had soiled herself a bit lying on the puppy pads, and so I had to bring her outside at the back of the house to clean her.  As I carried her in my arms I walked on the many Autumn leaves from the huge trees that had actually just fallen all around the area overnight making a beautiful carpet of natural color for her as if prepared for her as a special gift from God to touch this earth for the last time with me as her best friend and custodian for God.  Just as I was placing her down onto these leaves she took her last breath in my arms and I of course cried, but, I was so joyful too, knowing the whole experience was a huge blessing and gift from God to both of us!  I told her thank you for waiting until I got home to see me here one last time, and I know she did wait for sure; and God had us covered the whole time!  Meanwhile,“Good to take some time to Linger.”

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Now though I see all of this and it is absolute in my heart and mind I still was suffering for a time and where I worked at the time there was a chemist who studied theology, and had as a matter of fact been about to become a priest at the time when he was in the monastery, but, then he had an epiphany which instructed him to take another path; so being the chemist where I worked did open up this special opportunity for me and him to converse on many occasions about so much, but, most important and quite often about our faith and Catholicism.  Just after this loss of my dog I was returned to my original day shift and once again had the theological conversations, but, at this time I was still carrying a lot of tension over the loss and as I’ve done other times wondered if I could have done anything even more or better!  So while I spoke with this man I got into the aspect of this what I’ve alluded to here, of how God brings all the most beautiful and good of our earthly trials back into Himself in His Everlasting Perfect Holy Kingdom and this must include the beautiful dogs, because of our so special relationships with them!  This man told me right off the bat; first you didn’t own her and second you don’t let go! I was really shocked as I saw it as a lack of insight and compassion to say this, knowing full well how deeply passionate I am about my dogs and animals in general.  He said I’m just not letting go and that is what you’re doing wrong with this!  I saw it then as I still do now, how I do let go, as what other choice do I have, but, I actually do allow things to drag out and Linger!  Because to me that is a good thing to keep that feeling and 6th sense going, playing out over a natural time progression that is fitting for me, which is my right to grieve; while allowing the connection to now actually be broken physically yet though the dog is not physically here I know that through God Almighty she is still my friend and I’m her best friend; which is Never going to end!  I think this man made the right decision not to be an ordained priest for good reason, and, maybe I should have become one is a passing thought, while of course knowing I didn’t in the literal sense and that is fine; also for good reason; though that is a question that will only be properly and definitively  answered when I meet God!

God bless you and yours!

Brother in Christ Jesus,

Lawrence

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English Bulldogs, Like Thor

Hi Tamara and Thor!!! Well I can see why he makes you laugh; I’m not with him in person and he made me crack up! And I see from this series of awesome shots that he is a character which you either really went to pains to capture his genuine self or he is a ham in front of a camera with natural acting ability! What a good boy and companion who loves to be loved and give it back equally which the last photo indicated to me, that is a really adorable shot!

He really knows how to win you over and get those goodies in me “lookin cute” on the couch!

Has Thor been routinely trained or this is all just his natural ability or way!?

I was finishing this response as a comment and then said what am I doing; I have to reblog this great “Thor Blog Post!” He is a really cool dog dude that Thor! Now I know two Thor’s, yours and a neighbor who is a man! Both are very good!

Thank you for the fun Doggie Blog Post which got my mood and energy level way up! No complaints here but lots of smiling and laughing!

God bless Y’all and see you again soon!
Dogs Best Friend,
Lawrence

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My nerves vibrate against my rib cage in excitement when I happen across the stunning statuesque pose of an English Bulldog.

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I find their unfettered under-bite, which allows for their thick drool to grace floors with an exquisite gloss,their drunken cherry eyes, which they often trip over, and their rolling hills of collagen-depleted skin wrapping a condensed body of 50% pure muscle and 58% obnoxiousness, a few of the English Bulldog’s most priceless qualities.

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Built for strength, a human can get down on their own four legs and face the challenge of holding their own during a fierce wrestling-match with one of these brutes. English Bulldogs areoblivious to their own power, which is apparent when they walk into walls and look around, befuddled, for the cause of the loud, hollow thud.

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Over The Rainbow Bridge

“Do not judge a dog by its fur, little one. I know all about waiting. Patience is one of the greatest virtues to possess. People all over the world remember me for my remarkable loyalty. Every day for nine years, from 1926 to 1935, I continuously waited for my owner Hidesaburō Ueno, outside a railway station, waiting for him to return from work like he did every day. Back then, I did not know that he had passed away at work and could never return to meet me again,” said the majestic canine smiling at the little pug.”

I know this story and I bet that because dogs are the kind of souls they are meant to be; what God intended them to be, as in the expression that people use, Man’s Best Friend, that there are many such stories like this!  Actually countless such stories, but, how many such stories are there about human beings that are expressive of such unceasing loyalty and love; granted there are some but the divorce statistics alone spell out what kind of lot we humans are, and let alone that we have Wars and Kill each other senselessly and spitefully for all manner of insane selfish reasons, just as Cain Killed his own brother Abel as told in Holy Scriptures!

Yes so you may know I have a big problem with people, but, not animals in general and especially not any such difficulty with my “Best Friends the Dogs!”

Here from Wikipedia is the basic fact of the matter of Hachikō waited for his owner at the rail station to come home from work for 9 years each day after this owner had died! I call that love, a love that not too many humans can produce in a lifetime of taking!

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“Hachikō (ハチ公, 10 November 1923 – 8 March 1935) was a Japanese Akita dog remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, Hidesaburō Ueno, for whom he continued to wait for over nine years following Ueno’s death.[2]

Hachikō was born on November 10, 1923, at a farm near the city of Ōdate, Akita Prefecture.[3] In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor at the Tokyo Imperial University, brought him to live in Shibuya, Tokyo, as his pet. Hachikō would meet Ueno at Shibuya Station every day after his commute home. This continued until May 21, 1925, when Ueno died of a cerebral hemorrhage while at work. From then until his death on March 8, 1935, Hachikō would return to Shibuya Station every day to await Ueno’s return.

During his lifetime, the dog was held up in Japanese culture as an example of loyalty and fidelity. Well after his death, he continues to be remembered in worldwide popular culture, with statues, movies, books, and appearances in various media. Hachikō is known in Japanese as chūken Hachikō (忠犬ハチ公) “faithful dog Hachikō”, hachi meaning “eight” and -kō which originates as a suffix once used for ancient Chinese dukes; thus, Hachikō could be roughly translated as either “Mr. Eight” or “Sir Eight”.[4]
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Here is what I had to say in another posting about dogs today!

What an awesome Pooch! Never met a dog I didn’t like or that didn’t take to me immediately, I kid you not; now people that is a way different story, go figure!

Then again there ain’t much to figure, more people that not are too damned selfish or self-serving, but, the “Man’s Best Friend” only wants to serve and be loved! People are too complicated and not worth it; I’ll take the doggies over them human Mutts to keep my stress level down anytime!

By a God Send the dog I have now the last of 5 that I had all at once for a short time all rescues, until one passed and then another over time until just me and this last of my best buds is here with, yours truly!

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She was one that was blessed by a God Send, also as the others were, but in her case for me to hear some howling at a shelter nearby where I had been earlier in the day hooking up a trailer to semi-tractor!  Just by that howl it was like a news flash told me to check that out later in the day when I finished with work, which I did!  And so this best friend I have now who was scheduled to be terminated as an unadoptable dog; even by an animal behaviorist, the very next day before the shelter opened would be dead!  But she is now many years later here on earth with me; because she got a rescinded kill order which was never done at the shelter!  The decision to euthanize is a multiple sign-off that people would need to be bothered after hours which is unheard of, especially a high raking police department official who has the final say and must approve this never done before reversal before 6 am the following day and it was already after work hours!  But because the woman knew me over some years and how I picked up dogs off the street that were in harm’s way or trouble; she did what I asked, to please try as hard as you can, and so, when I told her make it happen I will be here first thing in the morning to take this dog home she knew I wasn’t the weakest link in any act of clemency for the dog!

Here is the story as it went down.

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God bless all the dogs locked in some kennel with no human being out of all the selfish ones that are out there that won’t give them a chance because those people have better things to do living like gluttons!

Keep the ego trips people; I’ll take the dogs over most of ya anyway!

Brother to people and best Friend to Dogs,

Lawrence Morra III

Weekend Stories by Trishikh

Hatchu opened his eyes and found himself in a mesmerising meadow of greens. The constant pain in his hind limbs was no more there. Neither was there the nagging agony in his kidneys. He slowly lifted his right leg just a little bit to mark his territory. He was scared, that like every time, there would be blood and torment, but was delighted to relieve his bladder without a single clot or any anguish. He wondered, what was this place though? The most beautiful farmland that he had ever seen, dotted with tall trees swaying in the gentle breeze and a spellbinding rainbow far away on the horizon at the end of a hypnotic field?

The little Pug dog who had always thought himself to be a mighty Mastiff felt an uncanny urge to run towards the arched spectrum far away in the sky. He felt like an insect drawn…

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