Of Dogs and Neighbors
In Giving the Sacred Art, Lauren Tyler Wright says that living a lifestyle of generosity means becoming aware of those around us, to see what they need and how we might help.
I live in an over 55 mobile park, where most of my neighbors are closer to 80. This gives me plenty of chances to practice being aware.
Most of the widows in the park have dogs. One of my neighbors, whom I’ll call Francie, lost her longtime pet and got a new dog. Unfortunately Doxie was a lot more mobile than Francie and multiple times my work in the garden includes hearing Francie calling for Doxie, and getting up to herd the little dachshund home.
Another neighbor that I’ll call Jean, has a little tan dog that has the larynx removed. This gives Mary a distinctive bark—just a little huff-huff sound. One day I saw Jean looking all over the park for a missing Mary. I could hear the dog, though my rather deaf neighbor could not. I followed the sound, found Mary tangled in a piece of furniture on a neighbor’s porch and brought her home. Little things can be very important to older folks.
Contributed by Karen L. Oberst, Klamath Falls