True Blue

The Gift of Presence

 some things I have learned from my dogs
(or am still learning):

 to be home for dinner;
to love and accept without measure;
to greet with joy;
to give comfort by being present;
to spit out medicine, but swallow the turkey;
to revel in the healing power of touch.

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22 Responses to True Blue

  1. love dogs, they are reliable pets.
    enjoyed your poetry.

    Invite you to join poetry potluck week 45 today,
    Any poems related to nature and life are welcome!
    Bless you.

  2. You are most kind Monica. My observations are based loosley on a dear friend of mine. 😉

  3. Monica says:

    such truth in your words, Ian

  4. aussie emu says:

    Dogs are the greatest teachers of love , loyalty and acceptance and they also show joy in the simple things in life that we humans always ponder over
    Emu aka Ian

  5. Monica says:

    HI Pen, That’s so very true, and I’m glad you can say that you are recovering – even if it’s through tears! I can’t say I’d like to be a dog, because humans are not that trustworthy. But we are blessed to have dogs in our lives, aren’t we?

  6. penpusherpen says:

    I think dogs have so much to teach us, Monica, their constant love and the bond which never fails. If hurt they seem to ask ‘what did I do?’ not ‘why did you do that?’ …. and their utter belief in you almost breaks your heart, whilst also making you feel ten feet high.
    I revel in my memories, through the tears, which seem to come and go when I least expect them, I spoke to my ex yesterday and started to say I was recovering, but my voice broke and the tears came , and I laughed through them, She was ‘True Blue’ just as you say, as all our furry friends are. Many thanks for sharing your learned (and learning) doggy antics xPenx

  7. Monica says:

    Talia, this is terrific. Thanks for making me laugh and for your beautiful comment.

  8. Monica says:

    Oh, Bluebee, that’s a lovely thought.

  9. Hello Monica,
    I can see the tail wagging. I can see the slobbery smile… and that’s just the owner. Lovely post, your presence in my life is indeed a gift.

    Best Regards.


  10. Monica says:

    Thanks, Richard. Never too busy to be there. How did we get so lucky?

  11. bluebee says:

    Such precious gifts of beautiful sentiments in your words, Monica. Perhaps we all need a human whisperer in the form of a dog, and not the other way around…

  12. Artswebshow says:

    You can always count on a dog to be there and supportive.
    Nicely portrayed in this poem

  13. Monica says:

    Hi Androgoth, Sometimes they humor us and allow themselves to be tricked! My male collie would sift out the good stuff like a baleen whale. They do make our lives so rich, and we get to laugh about it, too. Thanks so much for your comment!

  14. Monica says:

    Thanks, jacsprat. That’s a big one for me, and my dogs have made it crystal clear.

  15. Monica says:

    They sure don’t Sandy.

  16. Monica says:

    Yes, one wants to be worthy. Thanks, Laz.

  17. Androgoth says:

    Yes Monica it is quite amazing how they leave their tablet behind and yet eat everything else, I guess that sometimes tricking them into having their medication is just impossible to achieve, but they certainly make our live richer just by being our best friends…

    A very nice addition to your poetry and a lovely read…

    Androgoth XXx

  18. jacsprat says:

    “To give comfort by being present”- great line, beautifully reveals the glue for all relationships…animal and human!

  19. sandy says:

    Hey, my husband and I were talking about this exact thing over the weekend.
    I agree with every line. Dogs don’t have trouble at all with priorities.

  20. lazfreedman says:

    Dogs teach us well, Monica 😉
    We learn each day something new,
    I enjoy your words here, Thanks my friend

  21. Monica says:

    Dear Kenny, That sounds like a fine life for anyone. I’m so happy Cherno is on the mend. Here’s to running, swimming, and dreaming, for you and Cherno.

  22. kenny2dogs says:

    Hi Monica, I have said this before but I shall repeat, “all a dog wants is for none to go away”
    To run through woods and fields, to swim in the waves to save his favourite ball. Yes this is what a dog loves…then curl up in front of the fire and dream. Come to think of it, that is what I would do myself when I was younger. 🙂

    Cherno is doing good he is keeping his food down and I believe he has turned the corner, hopefully. He has another appointment with the vet on Thursday.
    Indeed “The healing power of touch”
    Take care Monica.

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