Danny’s Freedom

Danny’s Freedom


I’m Danny the Dog, Esq. For those of you who have not yet had the pleasure of making my acquaintance, I am Andrew Joyce’s roommate and he is my human. I’m in a philosophical frame of mind today. So, instead of telling you about my time at Doggie Camp, I think I’ll tell you about some thoughts that have recently been rolling around in my head.

I’ve just been reading a little Billy Shakespeare and listening to Kris Kristofferson. Genius will tell out. What got to me this day was how they both spoke to having nothing. Billy said: “Having nothing, nothing can he lose.” And Kris wrote: “Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.”

In dog years, I’m an old man—or an old dog, if you will. With age comes experience and with experience comes wisdom. With wisdom comes the realization that we need nothing to BE. We need nothing to exist except perhaps our daily crust of bread. We accumulate so much crap and it never makes us happy. Here in America, we have a storage facility on every corner. We have so much stuff that we have to pay someone to hold it for us!

Over one hundred and fifty years ago, Henry David Thoreau told his neighbors that they saved things—put them in their attics and there the stuff stayed until they died. Then their heirs sold the stuff and other people bought it and put it in their attics until they died. Etcetera . . . etcetera . . . etcetera.

I reckon what I’m trying to say is that all we need—we dogs, humans, and anyone else—is love. There is only love. There is fear of course, the fear of not having enough, the fear of not being loved enough. From fear comes hatred, jealousy, anger—all the bad stuff. But love always triumphs over fear. So, to my non-dog friends, I say choose love. I’m only a dog and I love my human unconditionally. Love those around you. Never, ever trade your love. Never ask for something in return for your love because then it is not love.

That’s about it for today. Maybe . . . if you play your cards right, I’ll tell you a little about my adventures at doggie summer camp on the next go round. But I don’t kiss and tell, so you’ll have to be content with the PG version.

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32 thoughts on “Danny’s Freedom

  1. WOW a real poke in the gut for me. Trying hard not to be one of those “stuff addicts” storing stuff in attics, storage boxes under the bed etc, etc, etc. Reading this made me realise now is as good a time as any to pack up my stuff and head for recycle or charity shops.
    As I approach my 60th year its time to take stock of what I need and what is just cluttering up my life and niggling me like a thorn in my side to clear out.
    So thank you Danny for this shove in the right direction.
    Have a doggy doodle week 😉

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  2. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Danny the Dog has been in the news quite a bit this last week and so honoured to have him as the first Dog of the Week (his suggestion) It strikes me as I watch the leading politicians (especially those with less impressive hair styles than Danny!) that perhaps Danny has the potential to be Top Dog in the administration as he talks a lot of sense… such as in this article aimed at those of us who are hoarders (who me!).. Danny for President…..

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  3. My dear friend, top dog of all dogs – I’ve got to hand it to you for this fantastic story. Well done, mi amigo, well done! And it was very sweet, your telling the blog world how you love your human unconditionally. Of course, I love my human unconditionally, too, but I’d never tell her, let alone tell the world. Oh well, that is the difference between felines and canines!

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    • Give me a break. Okay, I got sappy once and I admitted my feeling for Andrew. I just hope that he doesn’t see this post. Heck, I’d lose all control over him if he knew how I really felt about him And don’t you go sending him the link!

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  4. Major cuteness alert! Love that photo, Danny! Great story, too. Your choices in books and music are outstanding! Guess you got the brains to go with the looks–and the sense of humor (“the PG version” – uh-huh….. LOL) 😉

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