(reposting blog entry from 1/15/2017)
Midas was my first of the breed, and he came to me when he was six months old. His second or third day here, during our hectic dinner hour, he came up to me and sat looking up at my face. Calm and observing. I looked down at him and gazed back. I was thinking that the breeder must have trained him to do this because it's the first thing I train my dogs to do; look at my face and focus on the command. So I asked her and she said "No, I didn't train him. That's a trait born into him." Amazing! Midas and I shared so many of these eye-to-eye contact moments as he matured, but one was extra special.
I had been in grad school at the time, and my life was one big hectic "hurry up and get on to the next thing". One day, I was on a road trip with Midas, and noticed he was sitting next to me gazing at my face while I drove. It FELT like he was reading my mind, searching for my thoughts, and it felt GOOD. We traveled miles while he gazed only at me. So I pulled over, and gazed back at him with curiosity what might happen. His eyes never left mine. This continued for five or ten minutes (amazing!) until a warm feeling of energy flushed over me. I felt truly "seen" on a soul level, and LOVED. I thought to him, "I love you too Midas". So with that he wagged his tail and began to look out the window (intuition /telepathy). As I drove away, I felt "high", elated, my thoughts were sharp, and the endorphins were flowing through my brain. Euphoria. No drugs, just a little curly fleece dog. How long had it been since I had felt this way? How amazing was it that a dog could bring about this state of bliss, simply by looking? It was this experience that left me committed to this breed, to a deeper appreciation of it's importance in our current harried, social media world of disconnection. Midas reminded me what divine unconditional love FEELS like, and the art of relationship being one where no words are necessary. Just be.
He's my furry spiritual teacher.