A Joyful Noise!

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon


Vol. 10 pg 29 (07-21-11) PETS


Pets are God‘s Spiritual Messengers

Each week I talk about how we handle stress, work with people, deal with difficulties and nurture our family and friends and many other topics. This week, after receiving the following wonderful story submitted by Rev. Pajo Brooks, I decided to talk about the joy and spirituality of having pets in our homes.

We often focus on what we can teach our pets and forget to look at what our pets can teach us.  Animals have loving characteristics which, if we embraced, would help us lead happier, more fulfilled and more spiritual lives.

Pets don’t give up.  If you throw a ball at them they will try to catch it every time; even if they miss every single time. And more importantly, they don’t give up on love either. No matter how many times they are yelled at or rebuffed they keep coming back, expecting to be loved and cared for.

Pets know how to accept love.  They never ask whether they are worthy of it; simply accept it as their due.  And they give back love unconditionally, showing their joy with no restraints.

Because they are so easy to love, animals give us an opportunity to experience unconditional love and to understand how spirituality radiates out and encompasses an ever-widening circle.

Pets ask for what they want; whether they need to be petted, walked or played with, they will let you know.  They are not embarrassed to let people know how they can be of service.

We learn that compassion is based on seeing others for who they are, not for how they are like us.

Another lesson is how to live in the moment.  People may spend time dwelling in the past or worrying about the future but animals know how to be present in the moment.  If they are engaging in an enjoyable activity their entire focus is on that activity.

Pets are also one of many ways to connect with creation. The beauty of nature in all its forms gives us the opportunity to be in awe of the complex and wondrous world in which we live.

Research has finally shown that having a family dog or cat can reduce stress and provide excellent social support along with other health benefits, sometimes more than people.  They can change our mood from negative to positive by a simply glance from those puppy dog eyes, or by a soft furry cat sitting on your lap purring.

There are many articles written about how pets can control blood pressure and improve our overall health. Pets do provide us with unconditional love, companionship and they are good listeners, they won’t give away any of your secrets or tell anyone you had a really bad hair day when you got up this morning.

No matter what type of pet you have, in more ways then you realize they do affect our lives in a positive way.  Isn’t it time we celebrate their spirit?

I think so.

Abby – a Wonderful Dog

Dedicated to Abby Brooks – Rev. Pajos’ best friend

          It is not known who replied, to this young girl’s letter – but there is a beautiful soul working in the dead letter office of the US postal service.

Our 14 year old dog, Abby, died last month.  The day after my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abby.  She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abby got to heaven, God would recognize her.  I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words:

Dear God,
Will you please take care of my dog?  She died yesterday and is with you in heaven.  I miss her very much.  I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.
I hope you will play with her.  She likes to play with balls and to swim.  I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog.  I really miss her.
Love, Meredith

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abby and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven.  We put our return address on it.  Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven.  That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office.  A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet.  I told her that I thought He had.
Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, ‘To Meredith’ in an unfamiliar hand.  Meredith opened it.  Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, ‘When a Pet Dies.’  Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope.  On the opposite page was the picture of Abby & Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,
Abby arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help.  I recognized Abby right away. Abby isn’t sick anymore.  Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart.  Abby loved being your dog.

Since we don’t need our bodies in heaven, I don’t have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abby by.

Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me.  What a wonderful mother you have.  I picked her especially for you.  I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much.  By the way, I’m easy to find, I am wherever there is love.
Love, God

Scarlett the Cat

          October 15, 2008 – Scarlett the cat, whose story of bravery, uncompromising love and triumph over all odds, has passed on.  The heroine calico, who in 1996 made headlines around the world for pulling her five kittens to safety from a raging fire, lost her battle with multiple illnesses this week after living with her adoptive family in Brooklyn, New York for over 12 years.

Back in 1996, Scarlett was tending to her kittens in an abandoned Brooklyn garage when fire broke out.  Having extinguished the blaze, firefighters sighted the mother cat, slowly carrying her four-week-old kittens from the building.  Badly scorched, her ears radically burned, she lined up her babies.  With her eyes blistered from the inferno, she was seen touching each with her nose, to reassure herself that her litter of five had made it to safety.  She then collapsed, unconscious.

Firefighter David Giannelli transported the little feline family to North Shore Animal League America where the mother, who was named Scarlett, and her kittens, were treated.  The weakest kitten died of a virus one month after the blaze.  However, after three months of treatment and recovery, Scarlett and her surviving babies were ready for adoption.

I don’t know how famous this was, but in NYC it was huge.  I think 8 million people shed a tear or two that night.

I Rescued A Human Today

          I rescued a human today.  Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering into the kennels.
I knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid.
As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage.
I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today.
Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.
She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me.

I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.
Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.
I would promise to keep her safe.
I would promise to always be by her side.
I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.
I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved.
At least I could save one. I rescued a human today.

Wilma’s World

          Just about 2 years ago, Wilma entered my world. I knew she was homeless, needed food, and also needed to be fixed. I called The Feline Rescue for help. They came to my house with a trap, and we caught Wilma.

She was taken in and neutered; because they were so over run with cats, they asked if they could release her back to my yard. So back she came.

I fed her in the yard, and slowly worked her up onto the front porch. Which is now “Wilma’s World”.  After a year of working with her, I am now able to pat her and pick her up.

She eats, sleeps and plays on the front porch.  Now every morning, I open the door, and she looks in from her world, and I look out from mine. We now know we are friends.
          D. Petti in Massachusetts

Driving with Penguins
        A man was driving down the road with twenty penguins in the back seat. The police stop him and say that he can’t drive around with the penguins in the car and should take them to the zoo. The man agrees and drives off.
The next day the man is driving down the road with twenty penguins in the back. He is stopped by the same police officer who says, “Hey! I thought I told you to take those to the zoo.”
The man replies “I did. Today I’m taking them to the movies.”

Difference between Dogs and Cats

          A dog thinks:  Hey, these people I live with feed me, love me, provide me with a nice warm, dry house, pet me, and take good care of me…they must be Gods!
A cat thinks:  Hey, these people I live with feed me, love me, provide me with a nice warm, dry house, pet me, and take good care of me…I must be a God!


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