“There is a time for everything,and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,…
Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”
-Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, 19-21 New International Version
Their names are Your Puppy “Doodle Bug” and Burrow Connor “Squeaky Toy” “Fuzzy Thing”. Your Puppy is 17(18?)(19?) years old; Burrow is just about 2 months old. They represent the reality of old age and the promise of youth, respectively.
Your Puppy is suffering the pains and aches of his many years on Earth and can see the end of days when he will head to the Rainbow Bridge; a bridge he will cross over to play in a field of wild grass under a warm and gentle sun, where he will forever be able to romp and play free of the bonds of his current life with his ‘adopted’ brothers and sisters who have gone before him, waiting for those here who will on their appointed day join him and the others.
Burrow only sees the here and now. The explorations of the world inside his house and soon the outside world of his yard. He romps and plays with his owner; he playfully introduces himself to his fellow house dogs and also his ‘sister’ cats who watch him and try to keep him out of trouble, all the while tolerating his playful chases and little puppy dog tongue licks. The young boy dog has many years to experience life here, experiences Your Puppy now only has as fond memories which play out in his thoughts and dreams as he lies quietly on the couch, watching young Burrow.
It is this Circle of Life which is played out in Sacramento and across the globe not only for dogs but for people as well. In the day to day struggle to survive and to deal with the trials and problems of life, we often forget to stop and remember that it is important to appreciate the everyday—the beauty of a sunrise and sunset, the elegance appearance and beautiful scent of a flower, the simple joy of finding laughter in a situation, the pomposity of a politician’s speech which often amounts to little more than the release of hot air, etc.
I am sure that most of us have seen Disney’s The Lion King. We were all dazzled by the scene where Mustafa talks to his young son and heir, Simba, about the Circle of Life. The thing that we have to do is to remember it in our daily lives. We need to make it a part of us and how we live our lives.