Muddy Footprints

Muddy Footprints

Deborah Beach Giordano
© February 21, 2010

Thank God for dogs,
those angels
with furry faces,
and wet noses,
whose muddy paws
trample through our hearts,
breaking down our resistance
to being loved

They do not care
about clean floors,
balanced checkbooks,
or orderly, organized lives;
they’re unconcerned
over what we have done
or left undone;
what matters to them
is matters of the heart.

They pass no judgment
about success or failure,
or how we’ve styled our hair;
their deepest joy
and greatest desire
is being near us —
come rain or come shine.

They listen carefully
to everything we say —
always hoping to hear
“walk” or “ball”
or “biscuit” —
and their hearts
are perfectly attuned
to that speech
which is too deep for words.

They hear
what humans often miss;
and stay with us
when others walk away;
they forgive us
when we growl,
reassure us
when we stumble,
and confidently expect
the very best from us.

They hate it
when we go away,
and celebrate
our every homecoming
with unconcealed delight:
together again,
their treasure,
their playmate,
and their best friend.

Thank God for dogs,
those ever-loving angels
in fur coats
who refresh our spirits
restore our smiles
and heal our hurts.
They bring a bit of Heaven
to those of us on earth.

Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love. Then for the second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire.
~ Teilhard de Chardin
“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” ~ Will Rogers

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I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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