This is my first “re-blogging” effort! A dear blog-o-sphere friend wrote this beautiful poem about one of my beloved dachshunds, Ludwig.
Loving a dog is relatively new to me. I often tell Ludwig that God sent him, and his younger sister Elsa, to me to teach me more about love. For they have tapped into a “love muscle” that lay dormant for much of my life. Oh, yes I always “loved” family, friends, and even the world. But my love was always too measured. But God has sent four puppies into my life to teach me about love in a less measured way—First, my wife Claire, second my first dachshund Sonya who is now deceased, third Ludwig, and then four years ago his sister Elsa.
And an important dimension of this love is merely paying attention to them, recognizing that they have needs, and that my first nature is to give most of my attention to my own needs. These four puppies are teaching me to “get over myself” and I’m making progress.
So thanks “Inner Dialect” and also thanks Sandeep for sharing the same picture of Ludwig on your web site last week. Sandeep announced to the world that Ludwig was seeking a beau and since then Ludwig has been very excited at the prospect. The very next day after Sandeep’s post, I caught Ludwig in the bathroom primping before the mirror, sporting a pair of sexy sunglasses, and dashing Old Spice on his body. I quietly backed out, hoping he didn’t see me, as i didn’t want to spoil his hopes of “getting lucky” after all these years!