Saturday, December 12, 2009

Still Thankful #3

The countdown til Christmas continues. We are grateful for TOUCH. Africa, as does every dog, thrives on touch. Just as quick as I can get upset over whatever shenanigans she gets into constantly, she will turn right around and want some petting. Isn't that something? Dogs have such a way of teaching forgiveness and the importance of reaching out to touch someone.

Tis the season to leave gifts for the mail man, the garbage man, and all the other people we tend to take for granted throughout the year. We reach out and "touch" people in a way we are often afraid to do the rest of the year. There is a great deal of accusations thrown around in regards to being inappropriate. People are unable to hug and be kind as freely. It is now either legitimately wrong, or falsely perceived as wrong. I watch people approach my son and he immediately reaches out to touch them because he doesn't know better. To him, people are just people and they all seem very easy to love and adore. Why did we have to grow up and become so cautious?

What happened to the freedom to constantly reach out to people in need of a hug or a thoughtful gesture? I am so thankful for the strangers that are kind to me. People who go out of the way to make eye contact, smile, or say something nice. I am so thankful for the kind COMMENTS that people take the time to leave. They touch my heart and keep me going. I am thankful that the right kind of "touch" hasn't become extinct yet. There are still a few that get it. I hope that someone or some critter touches you this season, and thanks for reaching out to us.


  1. Hi Africa,

    What a wonderful post. Thanks for sharing.

    Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

  2. You are absolutley right. Africa what a good girl..we are like that too!
    Good night
    Benny & Lily

  3. Trust us, your post has certainly "touched" us. that first photo speaks volumes.

    Woos, Phantom and Thunder

  4. We are "touched" by your post!
    Kisses and hugs

  5. Mom and I khonkhur although she'll admit she only learned the value of a hug five or so years ago -

    The furst pikh is khwite pawesome -

    And akhtually made Mom smile one of those leaky ones - she took a similar pikh earlier today with my eldest SibeSta's paw and Mom's hand -

    Thanks fur touching us from akhross the khountry!


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  7. Beautiful post and the picture is priceless!

    Luv ya,
    Riley and Star.

  8. There's nothing like a little bit of ear rubbins to make everybody feel better. :-)

  9. Oh what important thoughts. Master is sometimes sad because he loves little kids but if he approaches one at the supermarket or something sometimes the humans FREAK because they are convinced that all strangers are perverts. EEEESH!

    Contact is so important. I remind my momma when she needs to pat me to make her feel better.


  10. Hey Kasha
    Thank you for a truly beautiful post. You are so correct...humanity seems to be caving in on itself. The gestures of goodwill and simple human kindness are few and far between. That is what makes "REACHING OUT!" so special. The good news is that if you are that kind of person - your light will shine even brighter!
    Thanks for touching us today!
    Sending warm Christmassy greetings of goodwill to you and your family. Consider yourself hugged.
    With love

  11. Kasha and Africa you sure touch me! and the picture of thetwo "hands" - priceless :o) dogs and kids - they just give love, without any second thoughts. Bless them.

  12. Yes indeed. I know that a simple touch as in a hug from one of my students brightens my day. Of course, ya have to be careful in school and do the side hug thing but I have one little 4th grader (he has some major health issuies and is much smaller than the other kiddos) that just practically bowls you over when he gives you a hug. It's so genuine and sweet!

    Amber & Nala

  13. Just wanted to say Hi and tell you that you have my next dream dog. Found you through the poodle and dog blog. She happened onto my blog. I have wanted a boerboel for several years now but there aren't that many near Florida. She is beautiful. I'm so sorry about your othe boy. That is what scares me about such big dogs and the troubles they can have. Merry Christmas!

  14. I love the pic of the baby hand and the furry paw. I hope one day in the near future, I will be able to take a pic like that too... **fingers crossed**.

    Wishing you and your family a Wonderful Christmas & Joyous New year...

    Shane, Huskee and Hershey

  15. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and you have certainly touched us with this wonderful post