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Black and White Sunday: Animals and The New Year

Tonight starts the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the ‘head of the year.’  At this time of year, I become introspective and review the past year. With the loss of Nine, Sofie, and Louise, last spring, I felt a need to look deeper at what the Jewish scripture says about the spirit of the animals and where they go when they leave their earthly bodies. So, below are some ramblings and my pseudo investigation. The Zoo and I wish you peace and health for days to come.

L’shanah tovah tikatev v’taihatem “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year”

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Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of what the Jewish people call the ‘Days of Awe.’ These are 10-days when people are asked to look inward; to think about what they have done in the past year, both good and bad. This is a special time when you have the opportunity to ask for forgiveness, to make amends to anyone you may have hurt or wronged in any way. The ‘Days of Awe’ end with the Yom Kippur holiday, known as the ‘Day of Atonement.’

According to the first book of the written Torah, Genesis, God judges all humans and creatures during that 10-day period to decide if they will be inscribed in the Book of Life for another year. I am not sure exactly how the Great Spirit judges creatures, but the scripture says ‘all creatures’ are judged, so I guess they are. Mostly the Torah talks about how God doesn’t like people or animals killing (lifeblood) each other, but with creatures, since that is part of their nature when it comes to survival, I think that is kind of a difficult thing to interpret. Anyway…

What I really wanted to know is whether the Torah talked about where creatures go after they leave their earthly shells. I found support that animals go to heaven in the article called “Do Dogs Go To Heaven):

Chapter eleven and chapter sixty-five of the Prophet Isaiah each describe the new heaven and the new earth: he who dies at 100 will be considered a mere youth; the wolf and the lamb will feed together and the lion will eat straw like an ox. We don’t see that in this world, so it relates to the next.  Animals will be there who will neither harm nor destroy.

Isaiah 11:6   “…   the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. (NIV)

The way I read this, animals will be at peace in heaven.

This last year has taken many souls from the Zoo and their passings weighs heavy on us still. I know that everything has its season. I know it was just their time to move on. But, I find solace in the thought that their souls may be together, with all my departed, in a place of peace and eternal harmony.

May this new year bring health and happiness into your home and may you find renewal for the year to come.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2022 in Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: Is for Napping

Fall afternoons make me want to sleep. Well maybe every afternoon makes me want to sleep.

Have a great Black and White Sunday.

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Posted by on September 18, 2022 in Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: A Favorite

Looking back over old photos warms my heart. This was one of my favorites of Nine, Mini, and Noel. Have a wonderful Black and White Sunday.

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Posted by on August 14, 2022 in Cats

 

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Black and White Sunday: Tossing

I threw out all of Louise’s sweaters and coats today (after 12 years she had a lot). I also got rid of Sofie and Louise’s yellow slicker raincoats too – I loved those (I put one in the thrift store recycle bag, but I don’t know if they will use it). The little dogs have no use for that stuff. The shelters don’t want the used coats or leashes, collars, and harnesses. And they don’t want the beds either, I checked. I have all these big dog beds that I can’t seem to just toss. Last Christmas I got Lulu this beautiful orthopedic one that she loved. So it is sitting against the wall of my office until I can figure out where it should go.

And what do you do with raised feeding dishes? No one wants them. Many of the leashes and collars had their names and my phone number on them so they went in the trash. My heart is just aching. I kept a few things to see if I could make coats for the littles, or maybe because I just couldn’t part with it all yet.

The picture is Louise and Sofie in 2018. Gosh, I miss those goofballs.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2022 in Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: Stripes

Mini has taken over Louise’s dog bed now that she is gone. It warms my heart.

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Posted by on July 31, 2022 in Cats

 

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Black and White Sunday: Toothless Smile

Oh My Dog! (OMD) That smile almost makes you forget all the accidents in the house!

We are smitten with your smile, Jolie.

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Posted by on July 24, 2022 in Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: Something Coming?

Charlie hasn’t been smiling much lately. There hasn’t been a lot to smile about with all his friends passing on and his health. But, maybe Mom can change that soon. This is his birthday week. He will be 14 on Friday.

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Posted by on July 10, 2022 in Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: PomChi Smiles

The best smiles are PomChi smiles.

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Posted by on June 5, 2022 in Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: The Eyes Get You Every Time

Sofie Bear – June 2018 

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Posted by on May 29, 2022 in Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: Milky Toe

When K8 was little she had a stuffed dog named ‘Milky Toe.’ We thought about naming Louise that because of the white toes on her back feet. Louise tends to lay with her feet a kinder. Have a wonderful Black & White Sunday.

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Posted by on May 15, 2022 in Dogs

 

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