A certain woman was considered to be very strong by her friends. She was the person that others went to when they had trouble in their lives. But one morning she woke up feeling depressed, lonely, forgotten, and unloved. Seventeen years ago on this date her father had died, and she had kept her sorrow to herself all these years.
She felt terrible, but she went to work. Her boss was a very understanding person. “On a day like this, sometimes it’s better just to forget work,” he advised. “Go to some special place or talk with a special person.” And the woman had someone in mind, a very close friend.
When she arrived at her friend’s home, he was painting the garage. His dog Buck sat next to him. Buck had always been very unfriendly toward women and very protective of his owner. When he saw the woman approaching, Buck began to growl. The dog sat there growling at her as she watched her friend paint his garage.
The woman needed love, but she didn’t know how to ask for it. She was too shy to say, I feel really down; I just need a hug. As her friend kept painting the garage, she felt worse and worse. Pretty soon he finished. But rather than come over and talk to her, he began cleaning his brushes. She sat on the steps watching him, feeling worse than ever. Buck had gone off somewhere, and she was glad. She didn’t need him snarling at her.
Suddenly Buck crept up behind her. She stiffened and waited for him to start his usual growling. Instead, he licked her on the cheek, then sat down beside her and let her pet him.
The woman realized that the dog understood her need and had come to give her love because no one else would give it, mainly because she didn’t know how to ask.
The dog was also Soul, responding to the divine love that comes down from the highest plane of God. The woman wasn’t someone that others would expect needed any love; she was one of the “strong” people whom others asked for love. But the dog saw her need and understood.
Excerpted from Stories to Help You See God in Your Life, ECK Parables, Book 4
Thanks for sharing this story. It has made me to realize that animals are soul indeed.
Yes. Sometimes we are so used to being the “strong” one that we are surprised at these feelings that ‘out of the blue’ overcome us! We don’t know that it is time to take down the mask that we have worn to protect us and our loved ones. Time to take the next step! Let life love us.
And surprisingly, it comes through the presence of my critters! Thank you for this beautiful story.
Dogs expecially understand our feelings . And the requirements of growth demand that you exert the greatest degree of love for what is perfectly in accord with Soul including animals. It is love that imparts vitality to our minds and heart and enables it to germinate.
I can relate very much with this story. Thank you for sharing. It has helped me understand better what it means to give and receive divine love. Love loves unconditionally and there are no limits to its expression.
Thank you so much for sharing this. I can totally relate. My cat understands when I need love and gives her whole. Thank you once again❤️
What a profound little story!
It has made me think that true spiritual strength might mean having the humility to say, “I don’t feel so strong today,” and then the courage to ask for help. And more–it might involve recognizing that help when it comes, if it takes a form we don’t expect.
(And kudos to Buck for shifting from the stance of protecting his human companion, to recognizing and aiding another Soul in need!)
Just too, too beautiful for words. I always get teary about these stories. I say to myself, the Mahanta does not cry, so stop crying.
Thank you, Mahanta, for this story.
Sometimes we are too shy to ask but Digine Spirit knows our need and provides the necessary help always. Thanks for this Beautiful story.
You can always get unconditional love from animals.
I have always found dogs to be very intuitive. Our dog “Buddy’” always knew when either my husband or I was sad. He’d come over, lay on your feet, lick your hand or face or do something to distract and make physical contact. Often it was a head on your lap. Without exception it had the result of making you happy and put a smile on your face. They are love and give it without expectation of a return. Buddy passed four years ago. When I’m sad now I just remember him and feel comforted.
It is a beautiful story that I can relate to
Very Nice story. Dogs are truly man’s best friend.
So sweet, those Dog People. Just brings tears to your eyes sometimes.
I have read this story before, I can just feel the love from the dog right here.
Thank you Z, indeed Animals are Souls too
I was given a dog who gives me divine love every day. I know how important pets are who are channels for God’s love.
Yes, Animals are souls too. My cat Sasha has proved this over and over. She is loving and gives unconditional love, Sasha even talks to me and in our special language we do understand each other. There is never a dull moment with Sasha, she fills the gap of loneliness and keeps me hopping. When she looks at me with her blue eyes, I see the Mahanta’s gaze each and every time. Sasha joins me in singling the HU either alone or when I am on zoom meetings she joins in.
Sasha is truly a gift from the Eck.
Beautiful! A gift of love that she needed in that moment!
You showed much courage in allowing yourself to need love. There is an inflow and outflow. You gave love and understanding to those souls near to you who needed it. The Eck returned some love and understanding to you through Buck. May the Blessings Be!