Things I've learned from Cubby

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Be loyal.

Leave room in your schedule for a good nap.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Always give people a friendly greeting.

If you stare at someone long enough, eventually you'll get what
you want
    .(right Aunt Karen ?)

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

When you leave your yard, make it an adventure.

If it's not wet and sloppy, it's not a real kiss.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and
nuzzle them gently.

Thrive on affection and let people touch you - enjoy back rubs
and pats on your neck.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Bond with your pack.

Don't be afraid to snuggle up next to someone you love.

Drink lots of water.

Looking adorable or pitiful can work in your favor. (right
Aunt Karen ?)

Stop and smell the roses, the dirt, the grass...
" I want to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am"
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My Buddy: Cubby
Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem
By Dr. Maya Angelou
Thunder rumbles in the mountain passes
And lightning rattles the eaves of our houses.
Flood waters await us in our avenues.

Snow falls upon snow, falls upon snow to avalanche
Over unprotected villages.
The sky slips low and grey and threatening.

We question ourselves.
What have we done to so affront nature?
We worry God.
Are you there? Are you there really?
Does the covenant you made with us still hold?

Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters,
Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope
And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air.
The world is encouraged to come away from rancor,
Come the way of friendship.

It is the Glad Season.
Thunder ebbs to silence and lightning sleeps quietly in the corner.
Flood waters recede into memory.
Snow becomes a yielding cushion to aid us
As we make our way to higher ground.

Hope is born again in the faces of children
It rides on the shoulders of our aged as they walk into their sunsets.
Hope spreads around the earth. Brightening all things,
Even hate which crouches breeding in dark corridors.

In our joy, we think we hear a whisper.
At first it is too soft. Then only half heard.
We listen carefully as it gathers strength.
We hear a sweetness.
The word is Peace.
It is loud now. It is louder.
Louder than the explosion of bombs.

We tremble at the sound. We are thrilled by its presence.
It is what we have hungered for.
Not just the absence of war. But, true Peace.
A harmony of spirit, a comfort of courtesies.
Security for our beloveds and their beloveds.

We clap hands and welcome the Peace of Christmas.
We beckon this good season to wait a while with us.
We, Baptist and Buddhist, Methodist and Muslim, say come.
Come and fill us and our world with your majesty.
We, the Jew and the Jainist, the Catholic and the Confucian,
Implore you, to stay a while with us.
So we may learn by your shimmering light
How to look beyond complexion and see community.

It is Christmas time, a halting of hate time.

              On this platform of peace, we can create a language
              To translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other.

                         At this Holy Instant, we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ
                         Into the great religions of the world.
                         We jubilate the precious advent of trust.
                         We shout with glorious tongues at the coming of hope.
                         All the earth's tribes loosen their voices
                         To celebrate the promise of Peace.

We, Angels and Mortal's, Believers and Non-Believers,
Look heavenward and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at our world and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at each other, then into ourselves
And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation.              
Cubby ‘2005
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