The Stray Dog

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The dog you rescued

with a scar on her brow

 wags her tail

and looks up at you,

dark eyes shining

mouth curved in a little smile.


But that lonely road

where you found her limping

stays branded on her heart.


In a tough moment,

as she huddles in the corner

wrapped in fear,

you scratch her ears

and tell her she’s safe.


She’s remembering some hostile kick

or maybe the bump from a car

that broke her hip,

which never fully healed.


The only way to help her

is to comfort her

as those old images play out,

so she can trust this moment,

and live fearlessly.


And so in every possible way

you show her those days are past.

She lives in a new place now:

a home with a cushion to sleep on,

(or really the bed and couch)

healthy food at mealtime

and beef bones from the butcher.


In the night

she snuggles against your body

her paws jiggling

as she chases butterflies

through a wildflower meadow,

a glimpse of the freedom

she truly is.

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11 Responses to “The Stray Dog”

  1. Karen Ebert June 13, 2017 at 7:46 am #

    We are so fortunate to have constant reminders of why we are put on earth–to love and to care and to serve.
    Hugs and blessings,

    • Lesley June 13, 2017 at 10:12 am #

      Beautifully said, Karen, and so true. Those are the keys to our joy and unfoldment.:)

  2. Bobby Griffith June 13, 2017 at 8:01 am #

    Expression through example…priceless! Kudos Lesley on serving through bhakti’s sublime crucible. Old memories like still waters run very deep indeed. Much love in YOU dear one. Baraka Bashad.

    • Lesley June 13, 2017 at 10:12 am #

      Thank you, Bobby, I am sure with your new “stray” in your life, your little one, you are getting to give a great deal! Much love to you too, dear friend.

  3. Bob Kuyper June 13, 2017 at 8:41 am #

    Beautiful Leslie. During some tough times He has put dogs in my life to keep me focused on the love that prepares me for His arrival.

    • Lesley June 13, 2017 at 10:10 am #

      What a sweet viewpoint, Bob. Dogs so mirror the love within us, which does prepare us for the True Love.

  4. Darlyne Leete June 13, 2017 at 9:09 am #

    Touching. Compassionate. Second chances. LOVE.

    • Lesley June 13, 2017 at 10:09 am #

      Thank you, Darlyne. Second chances, definitely, and we all are allotted so many chances…uncountable ones. We are so fortunate.

  5. Colleen June 13, 2017 at 9:13 am #

    Ah, this tugs at my heart strings Lesley. Such sweet seva to take her in : )

    • Lesley June 13, 2017 at 10:08 am #

      Thanks, Colleen. I know you have done a lot of that seva too. Such a lover you are. And I so enjoyed, is it Hazel? Such a sweetie!

  6. Stephani June 13, 2017 at 11:46 am #

    What a beautiful and poignant metaphor. Who has not felt like an abused, frightened creature at a low point in life? What a blessing to be rescued by the Master! Thank you for the reminder about this cherished gift of spirituality.

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