something between animals and owners that is magical. While children may grow
into ornery adolescents, pets don't have mood swings or meltdowns, and they never
talk back. They're loyal and lovable; and even if we're irritable, they adore
us unconditionally. In a competitive and critical world where we're always trying
to change people, and they're trying to change us, pets let us feel that we're
great just the way we are. That also bring out our nurturing instincts, and make
us feel needed, worthwhile, and special.
Sally Abrahms "The Power
We are all
aware to some extent the power pets have on our physical well-being and state
of mind! A study of 92 patients hospitalized in coronary care units for angina
or heart attack found that those who owned pets were more likely to be alive a
year later than those who did not.
has shown that pet ownership can:
a dog has been shown to lower blood pressure.
a pet into a nursing home or hospital can boost peoples' moods and enhance their
Diggy passed May
lead us out of our own darkness and into God's light".
You are my angel Diggy and my life is so much richer because
of you. What a beautiful day it was when you came into
our lives. I knew the minute I saw you that you were special.
Even though you lived in a shelter for a year after being
found half starved you never held that against anyone..
You were gentle, sweet and loving. We all could learn
so much from you if we would just open our hearts and
We had six months,
2 weeks and one day with you. Not nearly enough time but
enough to know that you were even more special than we
thought. From the moment you walked into your new home
with us you were a perfect fit.
I laugh now, despite
my tears, thinking of you and that first night how we
woke to find you sleeping on the sofa or the many times
you struggled to get up stairs despite the pain in your
legs where we were working just to be close to us and
how comforting your presence was to us having you lay
at our feet. Your patience was astounding. You never once
hurried us but instead you sat and waited for us. You
were the one that taught us to slow down and just be.
How you loved our walks in the woods!!
I admire your bravery
in those last few days when your pain must have been excruciating
but you suffered in silence not once even whimpering or
You changed my life Diggy and for that I will always be
thankful. You brought your own special love and with that
you opened my eyes to so much more. I am so honoured that
you chose us. I thank God for you. Run free Diggy my dearest
sweet friend. I love you so very, very much.
is proud to introduce Digby, our "slow" companion.
all know the great rewards of owning a pet. Putting aside
the obvious health benefits of helping to reducing high
blood pressure and stress related illnesses, there is
no greater joy then the unconditional and outpouring of
love they dish out. We were fortunate enough that our
paths crossed with a dog named Digby this past November.
After losing a dear
pet last year, I felt that, finally, my heart was open
and ready to love once again. We made a trip to the local
SPCA to just have a look and to see if, indeed, we were
ready. A lovely young lady, Jeannine ,took us around to
each cage and explained the circumstances of each dog
and how they ended up homeless, many beaten, and abused
or found starving.
My heart was breaking
and I thought I could never choose just one
needed us. Their soft, trusting eyes followed us from
cage to cage each story a little worse then the last.
If I live to be a hundred, I will never understand the
cruelty inflicted upon these beautiful creatures. It really
We walked by a dim
lit cage and I truly thought, at first, it was unoccupied.
Peering closer I noticed two tan feet sticking straight
up and my first thought was that someone had a stuck a
stuffed toy in a wicker basket. Jeannine whispered "This
Slowly, this old
guy struggles to his feet and walks toward us. He looked
at me and straight into my heart. It was love at first
I knew that he would be going home with us.
Let me tell you a
little about us. My husband and I love to hike and climb.
We are very active and love nature. There are so many
beautiful places on Vancouver Island to explore and we
are constantly on the lookout for another daring trek
up some unexplored mountainside.
My husband standing
next to me asked "Are you sure? He won't be able
to climb mountains".
I was adamant. "Yes, I want this one. There is something
about this one. I can feel it".
Digby suffers from
old age, arthritis and hip dysphasia. Undeterred by any
of his health problems we took him home. From the moment
he walked through the door Digby settled in as if he had
been with us always.
He is gentle, loving,
patient and a true gentleman. He has taught us patience
and the true meaning of unconditional love. Now when we
go hiking for the day , he is always waiting for us with
a wag of his stubby tail and yes, he smiles!!! I tell
him all about our adventures and he listens cocking his
head from side to side and his eyes never leaving mine.
At night I hear him
dreaming and I know he is walking with us because I hear
his little sounds of joy and indeed his legs are moving
Who knows what far away mountains he is running up or
what wonderful smells he is discovering!
He gives us so much
joy! We are so lucky to be chosen by such a beautiful
dog. We feel truly blessed.
Ted says he takes
Digby for a stand. Have you heard the expression of someone
who has only two speeds? Slow and stop?
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