Happy Birthday to this amazing human.
“What makes you believe that there is a greater power out there?” I asked.
“Because of the love and bond that exist between me and my dogs” Sarah answered.
When she told me this, it made zero sense to me. Now, about four years later, this statement plays in my head often. The ability for two completely different species to co-exist, communicate, be in love, and be dependent. That is pure. That is love. In a time where we are all struggling and harmony between humans grows evasive, this statement holds so much meaning. Emotions aside, beliefs aside, isn’t that the point of our existence? To live in harmony with the world around us? We along with the plants, animals, and the earth together form an integrated whole. All components regardless of the presence of a grand design. All woven together. Intertwined.
So that was the most articulate way to answer my question. Sarah, consider this a public acknowledgment of your smartness. Continue to impart us with such knowledge.
Jason, good job picking the best Chinese restaurant for her birthday lunch. Happy Birthday, Sarah.
P.S. Thanks for being a good model.
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I became a pet owner recently (think 6 months ago) and the joy he has brought to me is indescribable. During this short time, we have become inseperable and I don’t think my heart can handle leaving him when I go for work next month. Beautiful write up, and looking for more of your content. I would like to hear you talk about a book that resonated deeply within you(if you are looking for ideas on what to post on the blog xD)
What kind of pet? Isn’t it a beautiful feeling?
We adopted an indie dog and cause he is too small for his ears, I named him Dobbie, rightly so.
I came across a moving post on Reddit yesterday about a senior dog being consoled by a
her sister, before it was to be to taken to the vet to be put down. It instantly made me think of Dobbie and I couldnt even begin to imagine such a time would come for these pure, innocent beings that one day we would have to leave them. I am shamelessly copying the comment that nearly brought me to tears, just because it needs to be read as it is by others.
‘Dogs, lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you’re going to lose a dog, and there’s going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can’t support the illusion that a dog can be your lifelong companion. There’s such beauty in the hard honesty of that, in accepting and giving love while always aware that it comes with an unbearable price. Maybe loving dogs is a way we do penance for all the other illusions we allow ourselves and the mistakes we make because of those illusions.’ – Dean Koontz , The Darkest Evening of the Year.