Out of the Mouths of Puppies

by Naomi on August 17, 2012

in Daily Life

Eckhart Tolle's book, Stillness Speaks, after being chewed by a Golden Retriever puppy.

Many of us have been enchanted at some time or another by the wisdom that emanates “out of the mouths of babes” . . . but how about puppies?

With a two-year-old German Shepherd Dog, Quest, and an eight-month-old Golden Retriever puppy, Storm, we’re in the position to learn a whole lot about life from our four-legged family members. And learn we do; having little other choice πŸ™‚

After salvaging one of my all-time favourite books (Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle) from Storm’s enthusiastic jaws, I paged through its wisdom once again.

In case you’re not familiar with it, the book’s introduction explains that it “can be seen as a revival for the present age of the oldest form of recorded spiritual teachings: the sutras of ancient India. Sutras are powerful pointers to the truth in the form of aphorisms or short sayings, with little conceptual elaboration. The Vedas and Upanishads are the early sacred teachings recorded in the form of sutras, as are the words of Buddha. The sayings and parables of Jesus, too, when taken out of their narrative context, could be regarded as sutras, as well as the profound teachings of the Tao Te Ching, the ancient Chinese book of wisdom. The advantage of the sutra form lies in its brevity. It does not engage the thinking mind more than is necessary.”

This is one of the gems that I found:

“Mastery of life is the opposite of control.” – Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks

Well, puppies must be among the greatest spiritual teachers of this particular lesson, as per Exhibit A above. Witness Exhibit B, in the form of the sorry remains of our garden hose:

And some irrefutable proof of the Accused in action:

Golden Retriever puppy

In the greater scheme of things, though, these minor indiscretions really are MINOR. The devastation of our sprinkler system was more of a team effort, as you can tell from the Defendants shown below:

German Shepherd Dog & Golden Retriever puppy

Still, all things considered, including the 3 panels of our car that Quest took care of in his puppyhood (see previous post Dog Whispering Decision), Storm recently won the prize hands paws down for The Most Expensive Puppy On The Planet, when he gobbled down Dave’s state-of-the-art hearing aids.

The less said about that the better, but if ever we were under the illusion of being in control, we’ve been unceremoniously reminded that we’re not.

Nothing to do now except embrace the gift of grace by acceptance and aim for the much loftier mastery of life . . . thank you puppies!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Kate Shrewsday August 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Aw, Naomi, puppies will be puppies….I guess we put that one down to canine intervention. Lovely post, and what a joy to find you here today.


Naomi August 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Hi Kate! Thanks for your lovely comment…yes, canine intervention for sure πŸ™‚ I’ve been missing your wonderful writing, so will be over to your blog soonest, xo


[email protected] August 19, 2012 at 12:44 am

And what mirrors they hold for us. If we miss it, there will be another. Guaranteed. πŸ˜€ But hearing aids? Yike.


Naomi August 24, 2012 at 2:09 pm

So right, Amy πŸ˜€ And yes, hearing aids was rather hectic! Thinking of you heading towards winter as things warm up rapidly here, XO


Tammy August 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Ohhh, we have a new puppy also but I really must adopt your zen-like calm. I wasn’t prepared for the whirlwind of activity that accompanies this darling little girl.


Naomi August 24, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Wonderful….enjoy her, Tammy! Whirlwind is the word (Storm is appropriately named) and zen-like calm most certainly doesn’t always reign πŸ˜€


Tokeloshe August 22, 2012 at 12:21 am

Oh dear!


Naomi August 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm



Jamie Dedes September 27, 2012 at 9:57 am

The dogs are beautiful.
Tolle is my fav ~


Naomi October 2, 2012 at 10:32 pm

My favourite too, thank you Jamie…with an appreciative tail wag from Quest & Storm πŸ™‚


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