I'm not one to post about anything negative, but it's a really rough week for me personally.
It baffles me that we as people, can do harm to others. The things that are taught to our kids at school - kindness, caring, and anti-bully behavior - we expect them to learn and embrace these actions yet we as adults can not grasp that concept. In a society where mental health is in the forefront of the news, and actions such as cutting and teen suicide are not taboo topics but integrated into conversations as everyday issues - why would an adult go against everything they hope their children embrace?
I could go on and on ... but this post isn't about trashing anyone, or feeling sorry for myself. It isn't about airing personal drama. It's about being human, and not human. And in times of sadness and anger, a caring instinct kicks in - from not only humans.
I 'm a huge animal lover, and I just love dogs. Of our dogs, Bailey has been around the longest. A mutt, I adopted him back in 2006 before I met my husband and he had been through several homes. He's now "a little old man", blind in one eye and half deaf. We adopted Bella, our Great Dane as a puppy from a breeder 5 years ago.
Gambit we adopted a year and a half ago. When we got him, he had been through 3 homes. And while I can't go into detail about why he came to the rescue, I can not imagine life without him. All week long I've been upset, crying, and unable to concentrate. And this dog, KNEW that. He hasn't left my side all week.
Instead of sleeping on his bed, he laid at my feet. If I changed rooms, he followed me. Even to the basement (which he has a great fear of). He cried when I left for work, which he never does. As soon as my husband leaves for work, he comes downstairs to my bedroom (in the basement he's afraid of) and cries at my door. He has been my constant companion all week.
During a week where I'm trying to meet deadlines, meeting with 2017 brides, photographing boudoir and a women's event, and confiding in my husband who hates to see me upset ... this dog has shown me unconditional love.
Not the other two who have been around forever, but Gambit. Our rescue. Our boy who has only been here for less than 2 years. A dog who has been through 3 homes in less than 4 years. This rescue, this adopted boy - has been by my side.
Dogs show unconditional love. Feed them, love them, and give them shelter. That's it. Who else greats you each time when you walk through the door - with pure and utter joy, regardless of the days events and wagging their tails at warp speed?
A dog will love you regardless of your weight, your clothes, your job or your income. They will love you despite the size of your home, the car you drive, or the amount of money that was spent on your new ring. Things like the colour of your eyes, your skin, and who you date are irrelevant.
Let's think about that. Humans will judge you. All those topics can cause feelings of hurt, jealously, and anger. Desire to own what we can not afford, or be someone or thing whom we are not. But a dog, a dog loves you - regardless. Period.
Adopt a dog. Adopt a rescue. No one will love you more!
This week is Pride week, and yesterday was the official flag raising ceremony at city hall. With several events scheduled throughout the week, including the parade on Saturday - I wanted to be able to take part in some of the events and show my support for the LGBT community.
I decided to make a morning out of it with my daughter, and we walked one of our dogs, ate Beaver Tails (sooo very tasty!) and of course - spent time looking for Pokemon Go on her phone.
The ceremony and flag raising ceremony had a great turnout, and it was a beautiful day for such a wonderful event. One I'm glad I shared with my daughter.
Here are some images I captured yesterday.
My beautiful daughter:
If your looking to take part, here is a list of the events this week. Be sure to follow the facebook too, for events all year long.
Lisa Garnett is based in the greater Saint John Area, with a studio located in East Saint John.