Golden Retriever - Irish Setter Magic
Tash & Pol: Joint
The following Golden Retriever - Irish Setter excerpt is from Chapter 11 (Spirituality Chapter) of Be Your Own Therapist. |
"GOLDEN RETRIEVER MAGIC
One July night I dreamed of a severed dark-golden-reddish dog leg, lying on the ground. My older retriever Pol, then 11 years old, had legs the approximate size, shape and golden color of the severed leg in my dream. (My other retriever's legs were light-golden in color.) "That age is near the end of a normal golden retriever life-span," the vet had told me two weeks before my dream. With my knowledge of the old Freudian idea (not 100% correct in my opinion) that all dreams are just wish fulfillment, the dream was not easy to tolerate. After much introspection, I really found no wish on my part for either dog to be injured or dead. So I let the matter remain in doubt.
Eight weeks later, while taking my two golden retrievers along the beach for a September ocean swim, a three-legged Irish Setter was headed toward us. The shoulder wound associated with the Irish Setter's missing leg was as might be expected after eight weeks of healing. Also, this Irish Setter was strongly emotionally wounded. He visibly drooped and exhibited a hangdog look that clearly said that life did not seem worth living for him. Surprisingly, my dogs, Pol and Tash, approached the Irish Setter individually and somewhat calmly, instead of making their typical boisterous golden retriever charge toward other canines. Within the space of two minutes of dog-sniffing and circling, it was obvious that the Irish Setter's feelings had changed from "Life-is-not-living" to "Ain't life grand?". The woman with the Irish Setter, whom I had never before met, just said two words to me, "Thank you." We then parted.
So what happened? Some may think it was random chance that I dreamed of a severed dark-golden dog leg about the time of the Irish Setter's accident. On the other hand, the half of this country's population now believing in ESP would be of a different opinion. ESP and precognition, rather than amazing coincidence, seem better explanations for my golden-leg dream at the time of the Irish Setter's accident (two months before we met). To doubters- do you really think my dream was coincidence? To believers- yes, I know I left out talk of the probable agreements between the Irish Setter's owner and myself.
P.S. For another four years our golden retriever household lived happily together without injury to either golden retriever."