My 14 Pound Spiritual Muse #MyPetIsMyHero

My 14 Pound Spiritual Muse #MyPetIsMyHero

My 14 Pound Spiritual Muse, Rebecca Sanchez The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog for Chicken Soup for the Soul #MyPetIsMyHeroDo you have a muse? If you don’t, you really should…a muse can take you from living your life to rocking your life! Why all of this muse talk, where is this coming from? It started with a discussion I was having with friends where one of them asked, “is your dog your hero?”  As an explorer of the human-animal bond, I adore these types of questions….actually, I encourage these types of questions. The answer to the question, ‘is your dog your hero,’ is yes – he is my muse and quite simply, he is also my hero. Mattie has given me the gift of joy, kindness, selflessness and the art of forgiving.  Mattie is my 14 pound spiritual muse, #MyPetIsMyHero!My 14 pound spiritual muse by Rebecca Sanchez, the Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog for #MyPetIsMyHeroMy 14 pound spiritual muse by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog for #MyPetIsMyHero

 

Recently, I learned about Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food commitment to celebrating the very special connection that exists between humans and their animals. They are highlighting some of these special pet-based relationships on their new TV show, Hidden Heroes  and this made me wonder what specifically has created this bond between myself and my special, little fuzzy one. While I’ve published a book about Mattie’s adoption, and even written a blog posting remembering the day we found him, I’m not sure if I’ve shared with you the deep connection I feel when I look in to his eyes…or when I hold him close, or kiss him on his wet, cool nose. I love Mattie more than any woven together words can describe, but I’ll give it a try.

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When Mattie came in to my life I was recovering from a trauma….physically I was healed, emotionally I was not. And on the day that we brought Mattie home, my spirit began to reawaken. In discussions with the kill shelter where we adopted him, we learned that Mattie had been wandering the city streets for likely two weeks, and he was filthy, matted and sick as a result. On our first night together, after bathing him five times in order to get him clean, I gave him his upper respiratory infection medications and put him in his newly purchased dog bled. I slept next to him, laying on our wood floor. Mattie could not stay in his bed, he coughed frequently and rather violently and would pace the floor while catching his breath. Every time this happened I would wake and go to him, gently rub his back, carry him back to his dog bed and softly tell him everything would be fine and not to worry. But I was worried. I had no idea if Mattie would make it.

Days turned in to weeks and weeks in to months, and after a while Mattie returned to perfect health…and I had found that I had recovered as well. The painful memories had faded…by focusing my attention on a little dog who relied on me I became free from my own suffering. In many ways Mattie saved me…I think we saved each other. Mattie and I spent every moment together for six months immediately following his adoption. We learned things about one another. I watched as Mattie’s personality blossomed, revealing his joyful spirit and kind soul. He greeted everyone and everything with joyous curiosity. I could tell when Mattie started feeling better because in the morning, first thing upon his waking, he would softly pat me on my face with his paw; and when I’d open my eyes to look at him, he would be intently staring into my eyes, wiggling with joy, head titled and with his nose give me a gentle touch on my lips.

My 14 Pound Spiritual Muse by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog for #MyPetIsMyHero

Mattie has forever changed my world. I became a better person because of him. He exudes the teaching of every spiritual leader: be good, be kind, be generous, love and forgive one another, and cause no harm. I try hard to be like Mattie. And on those days that I may not succeed, I rely on one of the more powerful lessons that Mattie has taught me: forgive yourself and be kind to yourself. I know this because of how quickly Mattie would recover from the self-doubts he had when he went a little afoul of our house rules…tearing up the 12 pack of toilet paper, rolling in a dead fish out on a walk by the beach, running out the doggy door at bath time. Mattie wasn’t perfect, but he forgave himself perfectly – his personality never faltered and he learned how to do better next time…free from all the self loathing and doubt that fills a human’s head when we know we’ve messed up, withdrawing instead of growing.

My 14 pound spiritual muse by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog for #MyPetIsMyHeroMattie has taught me a lot and he is my 14 pound spiritual muse. My goal has always been to ensure the needs of our dogs, be they emotional, physical and spiritual (yes, I believe dogs have spiritual needs – try a little Reiki with your dog and you’ll know what I’m talking about). I think that is in part why I am drawn to Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food‘s Hero Dog contest. I had no idea that Chicken Soup for the Soul, the inspiring and empowering book that I had read at least three times over, had been creating natural pet food for over a decade; and that their Hero Dog contest celebrates dogs, big and small, who, in the eye of their human, is a hero. All dogs are heroes really – each of us have our own unique story to tell.

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When you love your pet like I do, every moment matters and your human-animal bond is special. Share it with the world, like I did in this post. Enter the Hero Dog contest, “Show Us Why Your Pet is Your Hero” and you and your furry hero could appear on the Hidden Heroes television show or in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book. To read some of the submissions you can visit their websiteFacebook page or Instagram site – you’ll be inspired to share your own hero dog story! You’ll also be surprised to learn how this family-owned company makes US sourced wholesome, balanced and holistic pet food with real meat as first ingredient and without added corn, wheat, soy, artificial coloring, flavoring or preservatives. Plus they donate to animal shelters – and that, my friends, is gold in my book!My 14 pound spiritual muse by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog for #MyPetIsMyHero

Not a day goes by that I don’t thank the universe for bringing Mattie in to my life. My beautiful, joyous, loving and wonderful 14 pound spiritual muse – he most definitely fits Chicken Soup for the Soul’s #MyPetIsMyHero bill. If love could be weighed, my love for Mattie would break every scale. My life has expanded exponentially for having my beautiful dog in it – and I strive every day to be like Mattie, and live a life that honors my sweet spiritual muse, my hero…my life. I love you my sweet boy.

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45 Comments

  1. I loved reading this post so much! I do believe animals help us heal and that we can also help them heal. They are most definitely spiritual muses in my book!

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    • Thank you – yes animals are spiritual little things!

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  2. sweet story to share

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  3. I believe our pets bring healing in to our lives. Their unconditional love keeps us going on days when we wouldn’t if it were not for caring for them. When they come into our lives like angels. I cannot imagine a life with out them. When you thought you rescued them , when in reality they rescued us.

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    • You are so right – animals have ways of changing our lives forever, and do bring healing in to a humans life!

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  4. The is the first time I’ve read your “story”. Thank you for sharing it and Mattie with us.

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    • You are so welcome and thank you for taking the time to read my story!

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  5. Wonderful story! Reminds me of my Fraulein, who is my muse/hero. I adopted her from a kill shelter, but she is the one that rescued, me in more ways then I can count. She’s the reason I get up each day and live. It’s amazing what animals can teach humans. For me its unconditional love.

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    • Isn’t it amazing how so many of us have pets that in one way or another saved us while we saved them!

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  6. What a beautiful story! Its amazing how a pet can awaken a hurting soul, I’m glad Mattie awakened yours and you his.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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    • So true, a pet can really help heal as they are the most empathic and selfless, loving critters on the planet!

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    • This is so very true!

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  7. Thank you for sharing, we are all blessed to have them in our lives as they do not judge us but stand by us through thick or thin

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    • Absolutely – selfless love gives us the freedom to live our lives!

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  8. Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing it!

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    • Thank you so very much!

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  9. What a powerful story. I believe it was fate for you two to meet. My FivesSibes are definitely my muses, and my (now furangel) Gibson was indeed my K9 superhero. They bring so much into our lives. Thank you for sharing your special story.

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    • So sweet, thank you for stopping by – these stories are so powerful and moving!

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  10. I’m really enjoying reading everyone’s story! Thank you so much for sharing your! 🙂

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    • Aw, thank you so much for stopping by – these stories are so very moving!

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  11. Great campaign and beautiful story. Our pets can certainly heal us as much as we can heal them.

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  12. Wow! I’m so glad you are both well. Thank you for sharing your inspirational story!

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    • Absolutely and thank you for stopping by!

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  13. Such a sweet story! I’m so glad that you and Mattie found each other. I believe that sometimes when we get weak, God gives us furry little helpers that give us the boost we need to do the good things we were created to do. My kitties have helped me a ton in my struggle with bipolar disorder. Your story is very encouraging!

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    • What a sweet and thoughtful comment – I believe that as well! Animals are such healers – they give unconditional and constant love!

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  14. BEAUTIFUL post! I absolutely love this and truly enjoyed reading about your relationship with Mattie. It’s amazing how strong a bond between human and animal can be. I have 5 hero cats, so I know what you mean 🙂

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  15. What a wonderful post and your bond with Mattie is amazing! 🙂

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    • Aw, thank you so much!

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  16. That’s a beautiful story. Pets can help us through some incredibly difficult times – I know mine have. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

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    • You are so welcome – and pets are so amazing aren’t they!

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  17. So happy to hear that both of you were there for each other when you needed it the most. What a wonderful story.

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    • Thank you so much, we are so lucky to have found each other!

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  18. Such a beautiful story. So good that you and Mattie found and helped heal each other, Great to write about it. Kilo is my muse too, although he has a few quirks still.

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    • Quirky muses are the best!

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  19. I knew that you two shared a really special connection. I’m glad you found each other!

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    • Thank you – he’s my little love bug!

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  20. Aw, love!

    I doubt Mattie feels any regret about rolling in a dead fish, and I’m sure he’ll do it again next chance he gets!

    It’s so amazing how animals guide us to look outside the worries and woes that make us human, and see things from their point of view. And they really do learn to love from us!

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    • I seriously doubt he feels any regret about his misdeeds! The rolls of toilet paper throughout the house caused quite a shock when I got home and opened the door! Animals are pure blessings!

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  21. Rooney is my hero. He reminds me to live life to the fullest!

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