And they will teach you

One night last week, I was out front getting the mail. It’s been about six weeks since our dog Frankie passed away; crossing the street back to my house, the old Golden who lives next door came bounding over for a pet & some loving.

He got his fill and when he was done he stood and looked.  He looked at me and then the door to our house. He looked and he looked and then he put his head down and he sighed.

I swear he sighed.

I believe he was waiting for old dog and when the old one didn’t appear, Mr. Golden boy leaned into me and did the only thing he could think to do: he gave me a full body doggie hug and bounded on home.

Don’t you just love that? I do.

And, just for that moment, I felt my Frankie with me sure as the mail I held in my hands.

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or ask the birds of the air, and they will tell you. Speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea tell you. Every one of these knows that the hand of the Lord has done this. The life of every creature and the breath of all people are in God’s hand.” –Job 12:7-10

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29 thoughts on “And they will teach you

  1. So glad you decided to share this story here, MJ. As I said to you before, I secretly think Frankie sent his friend to give you some love and probably expected Frankie to come out and thank him for doing so! So sweet! So sorry you lost Frankie!

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • And thank you for encouraging me to do so. You’re right — perhaps old Golden boy was waiting for acknowledgement from Frankie for carrying out his messaging here on planet earth.


  2. June

    I dont’ think I’ve ever read a more moving blog. My heart aches for your loss of Frankie! Anyone who’s had a beloved pet cross the Rainbow Bridge understands. Glad Mr. Golden Boy offered you comfort.

    • Thank you, June. It’s hard to lose them, they bring so much love and joy into our lives and we can’t help but notice the void when they go … MJ

  3. Awwww…he’s looking for his friend. I’m just thinking. Visit Theresa at TexWisGirl who features the passion and work of her niece in creating an Animal Shelter in an underserved part of Green Bay, WI. It might give you ideas…but then it may not be time yet. So sorry for the loss you, your family and friend Golden Retriever are feeling.

    • Yes, I think he was definitely looking for his pal.

      I did check out your link, thank you 🙂 Our family paid for the adoption of another lucky dog at the same shelter we got Frankie from – I’m waiting for an update on which fuzzy face wins the lotto 🙂

      In the meantime, I’m loving on Mr. Golden dog; he doesn’t seem to mind.


  4. Awww! Now I have a major lump in my throat. Even cats who aren’t as social as dogs miss when their buddies go. I boarded my old one for a week and the others kept looking for him. Let’s assume because they missed him. It could be so they wouldn’t get a head wamp or could eat his food but I don’t think so.

  5. We just scattered our dog’s ashes yesterday on her favourite sandy hill in our local dog park. I swear I could see her running up and down the hills like mad. We lost her a year ago, and I’ve been feeling your “missing my dog” ache with you since you lost Frankie.

  6. I definitely think that was a message from Frankie boy! I have had a few wonderful dreams about Sake where I am holding him or he is running around the house playing and terrorizing. If feels so good to get these positive little contacts 🙂

  7. That had to be the sweetest hug ever.

    • It totally was. He’s a bit of a hairbag but I didn’t mind. It was nice to hold another fuzzy face even if he wasn’t one of my own 🙂 MJ

  8. What a sweet story. I still miss my great Samoyed and this did, indeed, make me cry. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Our neighbor has a Golden. Sweet and loving dog….not much going on upstairs YET when she wants my UN-divided attention she’ll sit on my feet so that I cannot walk away. Perhaps she’s got more going on upstairs than I give her credit for. 😉
    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Awwwwwwww….

  11. A beautiful story, MJ. Dogs (and cats) are so very perceptive.

  12. I think dogs are a bit psychic and Golden Boy was bringing you comfort and love from Frankie. I love this story. So glad you got a dose of doggie-lovin’ at a time when you must be missing it so much.

    • You know, it was just so wonderful I couldn’t believe it. I’m still glowing about it 🙂 Today, I met a young doggie – a tyke in training to be a service dog. He let me love all over him, too. His handler was most patient and kind, it’s like she knew I needed that.

  13. Love this! Dogs know so much and can sense so deeply. Sounds exactly like the golden boy was looking for your guy. So sweet.

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