Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! I sat up groggily as my alarm went off. The bedroom was still dark and I fumbled for the alarm clock and switched it off. My body and mind just weren’t ready to get up yet. I groaned, laid back down, put my head on my pillow, and closed my eyes.
It was then, however, that my backup alarm went off. It jumped up on
my bed, put its paws on my chest, and started to rapidly lick my
face. It was my beagle dog, Snoopy Girl. She was ready and raring to
get the day going and wasn’t about to take no for an answer. I sat up
with a smile and pulled her off of me. I turned on the light, rubbed
her belly with one hand and wiped off my wet moustache with the
I have often wished that I could wake up with the same love,
joy, energy, and enthusiasm my dogs have. It would be a great way to
start the day with a wagging tail and a happy pant. But I am just an
aging human being and it takes me a while to stretch out the knots in my
back, wipe off the crust in my eyes, awaken the love in my heart,
and thank God for another day. One thing I have found, though, is
that when I do finally get the day going right my face smiles, my soul
sings, and everything in my life goes better.
I am grateful then
to my backup alarm for being such a wonderful teacher in how to live and
in how to love. I am grateful to all the dogs who have blessed my life
with their joy, their energy, their antics, and their zest for life.
I have given them food and shelter and in return they have given me
the priceless treasure of their unconditional love.
God gave us the
best friends to walk through life with. They may be furry and have four
legs, but they will always be by our sides. Take a lesson from them
then. Live simply. Love deeply. Greet each day with zest and
happiness. And always share your joy with the world.
God because he’s good, because his love never quits. Tell the world,
Israel, 'His love never quits.' And you, clan of Aaron, tell the world,
'His love never quits.' And you who fear God, join in, 'His love never
quits.'" (Ps 118:1-4, The Message)
Joseph J. Mazzella