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Time is a funny thing…

I’ve been trying to get my Mom to understand the concept of time for years. She doesn’t really get it. She has a hard time living in the moment. I think she worries about a lot of things she doesn’t have any control over. She needs to be more dog-like. You know…live in the NOW! I’ve taught her quite a few things, but we’re still working on that one. On top of that, she worries about silly things….things that are far in the past, things she can’t change. And, I have to admit, she worries about me. I wish I could tell her not to. I have everything I need, including a lake and a lot of tennis balls, which I keep next to me at all times.

She’s feeling real bad about Sammy and all the other tripawds we’ve said goodbye to lately. I’ve told you before, she doesn’t wear hope very well, and every time we hear that another friend has crossed the bridge, it hits her real hard. We all understand that I could be next. I think my Mom spends a good part of her life holding her breath, like she’s rationing them, waiting for our luck to run out.

I’m all good, though. No matter what happens. No matter if time is on my side or not. No matter if I live a week or a year. No matter if I die of old age or of this effing cancer. However it turns out, I’m all good.

I’ve had all a dog could ever ask for. I’m ten years old. I’m almost to my two year ampuversary. (My Mom won’t talk about that until it gets here because she’s afraid to jinx it). I got rescued from a real bad place, and ended up in dog paradise. I’m treated like royalty by practically everyone. I swim and run and play pretty much when ever I want.  I ride in a convertible.   I have people who love me.  Think of all the other pound dogs out there who never get the chance at half of that stuff.

I’m happy and I’m going to stay happy for as long as I’m here. I just have to make my Mom understand that it’s okay, no matter what. My life is a dream, and it’s not even over yet. Game on, I say. I’m not quitting now. Let’s go LIVE! And Mom, don’t forget to breathe.

“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.” Ella Wheeler Wilcox

This is dedicated to Lincoln’s BFF, Sammy, and his Mom, Elizabeth who never gave up hope, and who inspired me with her unwavering belief in her beautiful boy.

  1. jerry’s avatar

    Lincoln, you are indeed one determined soul, that’s for sure.

    I don’t know why these humans can’t see that time is just a figment of their imagination. They measure it….why? Why not just live each day as it comes, instead of judging their life against some silly standard of units? Why not just take each day that we are given, and LIVE like you say?

    They have a lot to learn, don’t they? Thank you for being here to teach ’em.

  2. fightingforsammy’s avatar

    Rhonda,

    I logged in this morning, saw your blog up, and was hoping to be comforted like I always am by your random blogs. I can’t believe how much this touched me. I have tears streaming down my face, but I am so grateful.
    Sammy really did love you, he would light up like a candle when he would see you and Lincoln. In my more desperate moments at the end you were who I wanted to give him to, because I knew he would get the care he needed, and he loved you so much.
    Thank you for this acknowledgement, this tribute, it is beautiful.
    I know he loves still, me, his dad, you, Lincoln, all of his special friends. I still feel his love.
    Thank you,
    Elizabeth

  3. rumblesmom’s avatar

    Lincoln,
    You are a very smart and well-spoken boy. Keep teaching your mom those lessons. And keep sharing your thoughts with all of us…we need to hear it too!
    –Rebecca

  4. Dakota Dawg’s avatar

    Hey Stinkin’ Lincoln–sorry I’m late! You speak true, wise words. You and I both know that the only cure for anything is peaceful, deep breaths. The only time is this one. The only place is here. You and I both came from horrible hellholes, but neither of us dwell on it. If we don’t, why do they?

    My Woman also has been very sad lately because this winter has seen so many of us move on across the Bridge. She was crying about Rio. That really messed her up. She knew Sammy was getting ready to go and she was still surprised and sad. I wonder what she will do when my time comes? I hope she loves me and has faith in me like Sammy’s Woman did in him.

    And damn, how do I get a ride in a convertible?

    Love, Dakota

  5. etgayle’s avatar

    lincoln, you are just way more evolved than the rest of us… thanks for attempting to keep us on the straight and narrow.

    charon & spirit gayle

  6. Fortisdad’s avatar

    You sure are one smart pup Lincoln. And make no mistake about it, that Mom of yours is pretty darn sharp herself!

    Humans are always counting, measuring or fretting about something it seems. Whether it be the past, future or the dollars left in their checking accounts. But through their weaknesses, many humans can also be very kind and compassionate. And pups like you and Sammy were very lucky to have found such compassionate ones.

    Thanks for another insightful lesson Lincoln. Now keep on living that dream! But first, go tell your Mom to breathe!!!

    Brett & Spirit Fortis

  7. doggiemomma9’s avatar

    That was a great post Lincoln. I’m going to print it out for my Momma to read as well.

  8. CatiesMom’s avatar

    Aw, Lincoln. Ditto to everything that’s already been said here about your poignant wisdom. You’ve taught us all a lot.

    Carmen, Spirit Catie and Riley

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