What is that smell?

What is that smell?

bad dream
becomes reality-
sick dog

Last night one of the things of pet ownership that is NEVER mentioned happened again. It seems that my neighbors wanted to give our full grown German Shepherds some bones as a treat. I was not consulted on this, they just threw the bones over the fence for them and while I appreciate the sentiment and I am sure my dogs liked the bones, at that time, neither of us were happy about the midnight diarrhea.
Here I was sleeping peacefully and dreaming. I started to smell something in my sleep and since I can lucid dream I tried to change the smell. When I could not change it I woke up to find a huge smelly mess all over the floor and my dogs standing there with their ears back. After taking a moment to realize exactly what was going on and deciding on the best course of action I let them out, from our second level, down the stairs and out the door trailing the mess ALL THE WAY DOWN. I quietly mopped the floor, went outside, washed the dogs and took a shower.
While cleaning up I thought about how quickly things can change and how impermanent everything is. Instead of getting a good nights sleep for the big bathroom remodeling job in the morning here I was cleaning up poo. Yet, I was happy that my dogs were not poisoned, seemed fine and that I was able to laugh at the situation.

This morning I am tired but happy to have our dogs, a clean floor, our bathroom almost finished. Perhaps tonight I will get to sleep. 🙂


About fiercebuddhist

Welcome. I am happy that our paths have crossed. Here you will find various poems, articles and photography. I hope that you enjoy them and visit often. I am currently working on writing “A Haiku A Day” so that I can, perhaps, have enough good ones for publication. If you are wondering what a “Fierce Buddhist” the following declaration should clarify. The “Fierce” in FierceBuddhist I define as “an obligation to do what I can to benefit all sentient beings, not just those close to me or those I agree with. If I see something or someone that is hurting others I must step forward and do what I can to assist them.” In the Army and in the dojo I learned how to defend myself, family and country but that does not mean I endorse the use of force. Two nonviolent examples of Fierce Buddhists that come to mind are Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. While I do not claim be even close to them I can strive and so can you. Furthermore, my Buddhist name, given to me by Sensei Kubose, is Seiyo. His interpretation of my communication and interaction with him led him to this name. He told me Seiyo means “Fierce Sun.” The sun shines on everyone without prejudices without giving preferential treatment to anyone. This is tough to live up to, as you can imagine, but it sure sets the tone for my life. In Buddhism this is called a Fierce Bodhisattva. I am only on the path to Enlightenment and can only say to be a Fierce Buddhist.

6 responses »

  1. I hope your doggies start to feel better! As a pet owner, I know it is no fun when they are sick. I have always found it intersting how teachings and lessons manifest themselves during the oddest times, such as during your shower. Thanks for sharing and take care!

  2. You poor thing! That is much worse than the time I smelled something funky in my dream, woke up to find my sister’s track sneakers at the end of my bed! I tried to get revenge by putting them next to her face in her sleep, but apparently she was immune to the stench!! 🙂

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