IT MAY HAVE BEEN the start of a New Horse Year for most of my friends and others but the magnificent giant canine paw prints of my 9-year old Alsatian Biman III which suddenly died last November kept making an even bigger impression in my life than any wooden animal.
This past snake year was particularly one of the worst and most difficult and unkind one that I had ever had.
wonder if that had anything to do with the fact of me being born in the
rat year - and rodents serving as mouth-watering morsels to serpents?
my first German Shepherd Dog Biman II died suddenly of cancer before
Biman III arrived, I was told by a very good elderly Chinese woman
friend of mine - also a dog lover - that there is an ancient belief that
when animals that are very close to human beings die suddenly, normally
there is a very specific purpose for their deaths.
is believed that before something very bad happened to the human being,
the close pet would plead with God and make a deal to spare our life
instead and let them be a sacrifice.
Biman II was always close with me and his mission was always to see that no harm befell me during our companionship.
this seemed like the only if you like "acceptable" reason that I would
take from God for taking Biman II from me prematurely. (Biman II was
with me for 7 years)
So when the same thing happened to
Biman III (this time of bloat), I recall comforting myself and telling
all my friends that I guess Biman had to go in order to "fix things" for
me "from the other side."
I sincerely believed it
because of the uncanny things that transpired during the last moments of
his passing. He waited for me to return home in order to say his last
goodbye, ran out of his crate and immediately landed right next to my
wheelchair before he breathed his last.
At least three
major personal issues which I had been struggling with
for sometime when
Biman III was alive miraculously started clearing up since last month
and last week. This week, another issue will also gallop away into the
clouds and never to trouble me again.
you Biman III. And if any of you reading this is going through some
tough times yourselves, the secret is, hang in there. Things will get
better. As long as you believe it. And don't be surprised if they are
delivered to you from the most unexpected and unimaginable ways and
Never give up on hope!
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