The kindness of dogs

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St. Catherine of Siena said, “Charity is the sweet and holy bond which links the soul with its Creator: it binds God with man and man with God.”

By that measure, the following dogs are closer to God than many humans.

(1) A Golden Retriever found a scraggly stray kitten and brought the kitten home to the dog’s human.

(2) A little white puppy comforts its human, a dejected street performer in Colombia, when no one gave him a cent for his singing. (Go to The Dodo for the rest of the story.)

This last one is truly remarkable.

(3) A Golden Retriever pup found two goldfishes out of water. So the pup gently takes each goldfish in its mouth, then puts the fish back in the bowl of water. Note how after the puppy releases the fish into the bowl, the pup nudges the fish to make sure the fish is okay.

But there are some who insist non-human creatures like these holy dogs don’t have souls….


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3 years ago

That last one is truly amazing, wow!

3 years ago

Thank you Dr.E for this beautiful post! You have made my day. You can see the kindness in the eyes of these handsome dogs. Our dog, Sasha, has kind and big brown eyes, and she shows kindness to our kitties. Two of our kitties love to cuddle with her, Bernadette and Luke aka Tuxedo Boy. It is very touching to watch their love for one another.

I have also been opposed by others when I have given to people on the street, like the singer on the street. However, I do what my heart tells me to do knowing that my little contribution might provide a meal or two for a poor person, “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren, you do unto me.” I see Jesus in disguise in these people. I maintain that if they are fraudulent, then that is on them. I give them the benefit of the doubt. We must take care to be generous.

3 years ago

Love those Golden’s but never had one. They have such great faces and wonderful temperaments!