A post from Kalissa:
As most of you know, we love beagles. I have a beagle named Betsy who is still a puppy (but her birthday is on St. Patricks day, my little puppy will be one!) Mom has Ruby, and Kelli has Puppycat. My mom is super helpful with Betsy and watches her for me, (well more like Ruby watches her for Mom) when my school/work schedule doesn’t allow me to give her the attention she needs.
So yesterday was a pretty busy day for me. I woke up around 7:00 like usual, made sure Craig packed a lunch and was off to work, got myself ready and headed out to school to brave the day. I didn’t end up bringing Betsy to my Mom’s house because I thought I would be home in the afternoon to let her out of her kennel. So I went to school for my four hour lecture, went straight to my nurses meeting at work, then stayed for in-service and ended up not being able to get home because I got caught talking with one of my bridesmaids who is home from college and lost track of time!
I jetted off to my next adventure which is helping with CNA State testing. A Registered Nurse evaluates the CNA student while he or she helps me (the patient) with daily cares just as they would in the nursing home. Well, this ended up running later than I expected too. Before I knew it, I looked at the clock and then I remembered that I never made it home to let Betsy out! I instantly just felt sick about it. I was almost in tears as I sped my way home to her.
Finally, when I got home to let her out of the kennel, she sprung into action! She was just SO happy to see me! She wasn’t angry that I had left her in her kennel for too long, she wasn’t giving me the silent treatment, she didn’t yell at me, she just loved me. I felt so bad that I even took her on a walk across town to check up on Mom and the new house. She was so thankful that I took the extra time with her! She didn’t make me feel bad to teach me a lesson, she didn’t hold a grudge, she just loved me.
When I got to Mom’s house I explained all of this to her and she said to me, “I wish people loved more like dogs.” And this really got me thinking. What if people could forgive that easily? What if we were more thankful? What if we could love each other unconditionally like our dogs love us?
Betsy doesn’t care if I’m fat, tall, short, small, she just cares that I’m there for her. Betsy doesn’t care if I’m sick, she’ll come take care of me, (Craig always jokes she’s a better nurse than me). She doesn’t judge me if my house is a mess or that I’m still in my pajamas at noon on my days off, she is just is glad I’m home. She forgives me, loves me, and is there for me unconditionally. She is truly, a girl’s best friend.
As this blog entry comes to a close, I challenge you to love a like dog. Now I don’t mean run up and lick someone’s face and pee a little because you get too excited; I mean love one another unconditionally, don’t judge others, and be quick to forgive and forget.