Max is our youngest son. Mister is our 14-1/2 year old Lab/Shepherd. Last week, we thought Mister was on his last legs. His hips are collapsing, causing him to fall awkwardly, and he would not eat for a couple of days. I asked Leni to check in with The Guides to make sure the adorable old guy is not in pain. They assured us he is not, although he is getting ready to leave. Part of him has returned to his soul, and part of him remains with us. We cherish every moment with the world’s kindest and most loving dog, and gift him with as many treats as he desires. That’s pretty much all the time.
Max takes Mister for a late evening walk, every night when he arrives home from work. Last night Max took him across the road to the Medical Center. They have a lovely walking path through the grounds. Mister was walking in front of Max and suddenly started sliding into a huge hole that neither one of them had seen in the dark. Max tried to grab him but could not stop him from falling in. The hole is about 6 feet wide, and 5 feet deep, and full of slippery, slimy mud. Mister was making a helluva fuss and Max was trying to pull him out. But Mister is a big guy, weighing nearly 100 pounds and when Max would would attempt to pull him up, he would begin to howl.
Max found a drainage pipe that he thought maybe he could crawl through to reach Mister. It was also full of mud and slime, and he managed to climb through, using the flashlight on his phone, but after several minutes realized the pipe did not lead to Mister.
He did not want to leave him and go for help at the hospital as he thought Mister would think he was abandoning him. He called me, and I did not hear my phone. He called both Leni, and his brother Sam, and neither one of them heard their phones.
It was then he decided to call 911 and had to convince them that, yes, it really was an emergency.
I was about to go to bed, when I looked out my front window and saw three police cars, with lights flashing and a fire truck. I went out on my deck and could see a bunch of people gathered in the gully, at the bottom of the walking trail. It was then I realized that Max and Mister were not at home. I asked Leni to come and look and then we checked our phones and saw that Max had called us both, 30 minutes before. I called him back, and his phone went to voicemail.
We began walking towards the small crowd, and as we got closer, we could hear Max thanking everyone profusely for all of their help. The police told him they would notify the hospital of what happened and the danger of that hole to unsuspecting others. They were both covered in mud, and Mister was walking nonchalantly along as if nothing had happened. I was so damn happy to see both of them, especially knowing they were both safe.
Early this morning, I looked over to the scene of potential disaster, and it is now surrounded by orange cones and yellow tape.
Leni thinks that it is another one of Mister’s magical charms. He experienced The Big Happening, and both he and Max came out unscathed. The 911 call prompted the police to become involved and because of Mister, no one else will get hurt.
I like that thought.
- Ley Blythe from England
When you are talking to Sparkle, miracles happen. Her erudite and profound way of getting to the bottom of what it is we are believing is second to none. I've watched as Sparkle listens to someone and finds a way of getting exactly to where that person needs to see from, just by being her wonderful and intuitive self. Her name fits her perfectly, this sparkling ray of light has blessed so many with her humorous musings, which hide profound trusts, all wrapped up in a giggle or three. Sparkle is simply love on legs. Time spent in the company of this gorgeous soul can only bring more joy into anyone's life.
-Mike from Lausanne, Switzerland
The thing that differentiates you (Sally) from others, is that you do not go out to people with an agenda, but with unconditional love. I still cannot describe the state I was in when you visited Switzerland. I felt as if I were in a state of flow and blissful happiness. I want to learn from you how one can live like this every day.