Wednesday, October 17, 2007

This n that

I was talking to em yesterday. She was a little shocked at the reaction to the truth or lie "embezzlement" bit. Didn't anyone have a youth she wanted to know? What, none of these people ever did something "against the rules" in their life? I assured her that everyone flouts the rules from time to time, but it is always rationalized. It's okay if I do it, but it's bad if others do it. In fact, I think the things that irritate people most are the very things they are guilty of. This certainly applies to me. But the recognition of it helps me work on my own shit instead of meddling in others. I agree stealing is wrong, but hey, half the country rationalized stealing the country of Iraq. Why was that again? I liked it in the Kite Runner when the father taught his son that all evil was a version of stealing. For example, when you speed on the highway, you are stealing security from those around you. When you lie, you steal the truth from someone. In those terms we have all stolen, I assured her. (I don't really remember what I said, but this is what I should have said )

Sara is too much these days. She's like a hypercripple. Her legs give out all the time, she can't hear or see well, but she behaves as though none of these things matter. The other day when it was food time, she ran into the kitchen, reared up on her hind legs, then her legs gave out and she collapsed backward and then thrust her hind legs again so that she flipped backward onto her back, flailing. Here I took a vid of food time. This was a very tame version of how she sometimes gets.

25 comments:

Snooze said...

Sara is so, so adorable. What a great video.

Lacey said...

OMG she's so sweet I love her.

Chunks said...

When my dog Fozzie was slippy, the vet asked me what kind of flooring we had. When I said laminate and lino, he shook his head. (He was a bit of a prick.) Anyway, he explained to me that hardwood or lino is the worst thing for dogs because if they are the least bit unstable, they will slip.

Sara still looks super spry so maybe get her some non-slip running shoes or socks with the little grippers on them. (Think that old dog could learn to wear shoes at this stage in life? :))

Anyway, you're right, we've all done less than noble things in our past. You write with such honesty and truth, it can appear quite shocking at times. Don't ever change, baby!!

Lemuel said...

I think you should feature Sara in a new production of "Tap Dogs". :)

The point of em and the point of your post is, in part, the very source of my incredulity at the (falsely so-called) "evangelicals". I think when we all come to the recognition (and acceptance) of what we have done throughout our life and take the high road of "working on our own shit" (to paraphrase you), tolerance for others would abound and we could all move forward into the future together.

dbv said...

i couldn't begin to tell you some of the awful things i've done in my youth... i'll save that for cocktail hour... anyway, love the puppy... i agree with the socks though, my vet said the same before i had to have my little "Gypsy" put to sleep... she was 18... i got her when i was 25 and had her till i was 43... it broke my heart... and, my vet said as long as her tail is wagging, it's not time...

Ed said...

Sara! Sara what a good doggie! What a good doggie you are! Such a good Doggie! Yes, Sara is a good girl, yes she is! What a good Doggie! (Torn, read this too Sara please)
The Bible says, "Nobody is without sin, no not one!" Jesus said, "Let he who is perfect among you cast the first stone."
Poem: There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it ill behoves any of us to find fault with the rest of us.

paul said...

This and all your videos are just so darn cute!

Jason said...

Can't see the video here at work, but she sure is cute. I hate when pets age, it's so depressing.

GayProf said...

Sarah seems very sweet.

Patricia said...

i love that video and am inspired to make a similar one of indi. of course it doesn't compare with the jumping and whining i'd do if i had to wait for some other species to throw some food at me once or twice a day!

any more thoughts on a transitional puppy? (i'm a puppy pusher, what can i say?)

Cooper said...

None of her infirmities DO matter to her. She is still lively and happy. She is still loved and loving. You can see that in every ounce of her sweet disposition. So nice to come home to!

wayne said...

That video just shows why we love dogs. Because they love us so unconditionally and joyfully...whether we made a mistake in our youth or not!

Sarah said...

Sara reminds me of my dog Betsy when she got to be an old lady...she didn't care too much about being old, either. I'm pretty sure Betsy thought she was a puppy all the way to the end.

Steven said...

I'll second what Wayne said. Thanks for sharing the video. Gives us a smile. :-D

Doug said...

When we were young, we were good little boys and girls and always did what we were told, nom matter how badly we were treated. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Sara lives like we all should: none of our ills really matter. We're alive and should be happy to be so. It's easy to forget.

Frank said...

Sara look great. Every dog I've ever had has slipped on hard flooring. I want to put down a laminated floor but with my three dogs, I know I'll end up with a lot of carpets on the surface.

Polt said...

i LOVE Sara! Foody time....hehehe, that cracks me up.

HUGS...

abnitude said...

sara is adorable!!!! she has a sparkle in her eyes so i think there is plenty of life there. you will know if she is not happy...she is still very happy, thats obvious. my dog greats me after work with the kong in his mouth, ready to play. btw...i laughed when you lowered the cam to omit your door lock code. before you did that i thought for a second..omg, his code!!!

lorraina said...

oh dear; Sara's afraid of falling! i think you'll have to put down some rugs for her or shes going to break a leg one of these days. I've seen this scenerio before and i think the dog actually grew depressed from worrying about falling all the time. I could picture her legs sliding out sideways....funny in cartoons but not in real life. It would help if you'd clip her nails as well. This oversight on your part struck me as really sad and in fact not good parenting. Try to think like a mother....Sorry if i sound harsh. I love dogs. My dog broke her hip....twice! But not from a slippery floor; she was chasing a cat.

Billy said...

The 'children' in our lives bring us so much joy, and your puppy seems a very happy little camper!

Daniel, the Guy in the Desert said...

In due compensation for her failing legs, Sara's heart grows continually larging, more loving and more wise with each passing day.
What a blessed man you are to have such wonderful souls in your care.

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

Oh, man. I love that dog something awful.

Good dog.

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

Ah, man. I missed Truth or Lie? I would have got 100%.

lattégirl said...

My dogs always did the "bouncy" thing, too, and not just for dinner time.

LOVE that lock on your door. Very MI3!

Laverne said...

Charlie ran to the front door and barked when he heard sarah on the computer.