Loyalty to the Absolute Truth of Our Experience

Published on Jun 10, 2016

A conversation about loyalty to a teacher.

Stay: Lessons My Dogs Taught Me about Life, Loss, and Grace by Dave Burchett (Author)

Pub Date: Feb 24, 2015

Amazing (Furry) Lessons from a Dog’s Life

You’ll be enthralled by this story of a man and his lovable Labrador retriever, Hannah, and what their canine friendship can show us about life, grace, and long walks in the park.

Hannah was Dave’s best friend. He couldn’t imagine starting a day without her tail wagging an energetic greeting, her body wiggling with sheer gratitude when her food dish was filled, and her unbridled enthusiasm for tennis balls. (How she fit three tennis balls in her mouth at once he’ll never know.)

So when Dave first learned of Hannah’s cancer diagnosis, he decided to take whatever time he had left with Hannah to cherish the moments and capture his thoughts in a journal. As he wrote about his canine friend, he soon realized that Hannah was an able (and furry) mentor of faith, grace, kindness, and forgiveness. The lessons were invaluable: from being present to trusting the master. When Hannah lived well past the expected time frame, Dave started to see that the insights he was gaining were more than just journal entries about a family pet. Through Hannah’s antics, God was preparing Dave for life itself.

You won’t want to miss this heartwarming tale of a dog who knew how to live . . . and showed her owner how.

Dave Burchett is a successful television sports director with experiences that include the Olympic Games as well as professional and collegiate sports. Dave has directed television coverage of Texas Rangers baseball for over thirty years, earning a national Emmy and two local Emmy’s throughout his career. He is the author of When Bad Christians Happen to Good People and Bring ‘Em Back Alive. Dave has developed a speaking ministry as well as regularly blogs at DaveBurchett.com. Dave is married and has three grown sons, several grandchildren and another rescued Lab.

The Divinity of Dogs :True Stories of Miracles Inspired by Man’s Best Friend ~ By Jennifer Skiff [ updated Dec 5, 2013]

“My dogs have been the reason I have woken up every single day of my life with a smile on my face. I am among the ranks of millions of people who appreciate the souls of dogs and know they are a gift of pure love and an example of all that is good.”

—Jennifer Skiff

The Divinity of Dogs is about the moments you learn something profound about life from an experience with a dog. Featuring more than seventy stories culled from hundreds of submissions to the author’s website, these inspiring and heartwarming true stories show where love, tolerance, comfort, compassion, loyalty, joyfulness, and even death have provided experiences that have led to spiritual enlightenment.

You’ll meet Little Bit, the Chihuahua who detected a small lump in her owner’s breast, a growth even doctors couldn’t find. There’s Emma, the devoted Rottweiler who ferociously grabbed her owner’s arm at the moment he was trying to commit suicide, saving his life. You’ll be inspired by Luna, the Retriever who dragged her owner to safety after she collapsed late at night in a field. And you’ll fall in love with the many dogs who simply provide steady comfort when needed— dogs like Bo, the Boxer who soothed his mistress after the loss of her son. The author also weaves her own experiences with dogs throughout the book, showing how they comforted her through mistreatment as a child, a divorce, and a cancer diagnosis.

The stories that make up The Divinity of Dogs provide hope, help, and healing for readers in the complex and difficult times in which we live. Whether you believe dogs are divine or are actually a gift from the divine, The Divinity of Dogs gives you permission to accept what you know: dogs are healers, educators, protectors, and tangible examples of pure love.

Jennifer Skiff is an award-winning television producer, journalist, and author of God Stories. An advocate for animals, she is a Trustee of the Dogs’ Refuge Home in Australia and a Director of Pilots N Paws in the U.S. She lives in Maine and Australia.

Jennifer Skiff on The Divinity of Dogs

Best-selling author Jennifer Skiff talks about the book, The Divinity of Dogs and describes what happened to her that proved our dogs stay with us after they’ve passed. Warning: tear-jerker!

“Divinity of Dogs” Author – Jennifer Skiff

Published on Nov 4, 2013

Join Alex Cearns from Houndstooth Studios as she chats to Jennifer Skiff about her new book, “The Divinity of Dogs”.
For more info about the book head to jenniferskiff.com

My Animal My Self: A Breakthrough Way to Understand How You and Your Animal Reflect Each Other ~ Marta Williams

In this groundbreaking book, animal communicator Marta Williams brings into focus an unexamined dynamic in our relationships with our animals: the idea that our animals are often our mirrors. Deeply and inextricably connected to us on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels, they can pick up and reflect back to us the issues and events of our lives. Through stories, exercises, and an extensive questionnaire, you will gain unique insight into the healing and teaching roles of your companion animals, both past and current, and the profound gifts they offer.

Marta Williams is a biologist and animal communicator who travels worldwide to teach people how to communicate intuitively with animals and nature. She offers tutoring, teleclasses, and consultations for animals and their people by phone, Skype, and email. Williams lives in Northern California.

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My Animal, My Self by Marta Williams

Biologist and animal communicator Marta Williams talks about her new book MY ANIMAL, MY SELF and explains how our pets reflect our own behavior back to us in this short interview. From cats that refuse to use the litter box to overly aggressive dogs, she offers an interesting vantage point to view our animals’s behaviorial issues.

MYSTICAL DOGS: Animals as Guides to Our Inner Life ~ Jean Houston

“For many years, I have been a student of spirituality and states of consciousness. For many more years than that, I’ve been a student of dogs,” says bestselling author Jean Houston, whose study of this subject is the basis of Mystical Dogs. Houston has spent a lifetime bridging the worlds of animals and humans, exploring a realm that pet owners have glimpsed and indigenous peoples have known for millennia. The author identifies dogs, with their deceptively uncomplicated, joyous, loving nature, as custodes animi, guardians of our souls. She shows how animals, particularly dogs, are often the best spiritual teachers. For example, in Houston’s hands, a seemingly simple story, such as a man saying goodbye to his beloved dog, becomes a striking metaphor about personal and planetary transformation.

Loyal Chinese Dog (Video) Refuses to Leave Owners Grave

A dog in China has gone a week without food in the chilly city of Qingdao, refusing to leave its owner’s grave. The loyal Chinese dog has touched the hearts of local villagers who, upset and concerned about its health, have brought the dog food and are building the loyal dog a kennel.

The loving yellow dog with a sweet face and soulful eyes belonged to a man named Lao Pan, who recently died at the age of 68.

Villagers were concerned after the loving pooch refused to eat or leave its master’s gravesite, and took the dog back to the village to feed it. He took the food, but still returned to take up guard at Pan’s final resting place

Now they are building a kennel to protect the dog from the cold local weather, and plan to continue feeding him for as long as he chooses to stay at the graveside of his owner.

The grave itself is a crude pile of dirt topped with bricks to mark its location. The accompanying video shows the loving pup being lured with food and attention. It’s heartbreaking.

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