A Personal Inspirational Story Written by Author, Motivational Speaker, and Owner of Wholarian Living, Katrina Mayer!
One of the reasons I love Facebook is that I meet some awesome people on there! People I admire, people I learn from and people I become soul friends with; and Katrina is one of those awesome people who I have grown to love and be close to! One of these days I will actually meet her in person! I just know we will embrace each other with love and happiness when we see each other! We have the sort of friendship where we would be giddy sisters wanting to explore some adventure somewhere! We will have a lot of fun!
Katrina is an inspirational writer and I always enjoy her stories. She also loves to grow her own organic, heirloom garden, hang out with her loveable husband and pets, and explore nature on a regular basis. Here is one of her true stories that I want to share with you (in Katrina’s words):
I’m an animal lover through and through. Ever since I was a young girl, I’ve had cats, dogs, turtles, fish, mice, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rabbits, and so on. I loved every one and can probably tell you most of their names. My companion for the past eight years is a large black-and-white cat named Totoro who seems to know my every thought even before I think it. We have an uncanny connection, and I miss him immensely whenever I am away from home.
My husband, Peter, is also an animal lover and has three very large dogs that range in weight from 130- 175 lbs. They are fiercely loyal dogs that love family members and will protect them when necessary. I’ve had the wonderful pleasure of getting slobbery kisses from all of them, but unfortunately I can’t spend too much time with them because, in their exuberance, they have knocked me over.
So, a few months ago I started thinking about having a smaller dog that could curl up in my lap. I wasn’t sure what it would look like, but I knew that it would be affectionate and very smart. Once we were moved into our new home, unpacked, and settled, I thought we would go to the local animal shelter and find just such a pup.
Oh, silly me—I forgot how quickly the universe provides when we make our wishes known! One day, a month before our move, a small black-and-white dog showed up at the new house. She smelled like she had been wrestling with skunks and was a bit muddy, but she had the sweetest brown eyes that looked right into my heart. I wasn’t ready for such a precious parcel because we still had so much to do with the move, so I told her to go back to her owner, who was probably missing her very much. She listened to my every word and watched us back out of the driveway.
The next day, she was still there with that wagging tail and those endearing eyes. As soon as I opened the car door, she jumped in and curled up in my lap. That was when I said out loud, “Are you the dog I was waiting for?” At this question, she turned around, put one paw on each of my shoulders, and hugged me!
In all my life I’ve never had a dog hug me like that. She held tight as I wrapped my arms around her and told her that she had a new home.
What I didn’t know at the time is that our new puppy, whom we named Ananda, is an amazing hugger. She loves to give hugs to anyone who wants one. Whenever someone comes to the house, she greets them in the driveway, and if they squat down to pet her, she puts her paws around them and hugs. One day, one of the landscapers, whom I had not spoken to before, came up to me with a smile and said, “Your puppy gave me a hug and it made me so happy.”
Ananda is the dog I was hoping for. She fits perfectly in my lap; she’s sweet, very smart, friendly, still a bit muddy, and a beautiful addition to our family. Plus, I can get a hug anytime I want. And who wouldn’t like a hug?
I just love this story! It brings a warm smile to my face. To visit Katrina and to subscribe to her newsletters that have other inspirational stories and videos, go to WHOLARIAN LIVING and sign up for FREE! She welcomes all walks of life and she’ll inspire you to grow in more ways than one, like she’s done for me.
Thanks Katrina for your friendship and inspiration!