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The Cone

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu

For the past month, we’ve been trying to figure out what’s going on with inflamed skin on Lily’s nose. She’s been on antibiotics, steroids and is wearing “the dreaded cone” to keep from scratching it. On Monday, she had biopsies done. The good news is that she doesn’t have an autoimmune disease but rather a severe allergic reaction to something. Next up is a round of heavy duty steroids and more time in the cone.

The first day or two in the cone, she was disoriented and bothered, but she’s now adjusted and acclimated. She hasn’t let the cone define her or affect her ability to wag her tail, give kisses or run full speed at Molly and I with toy in mouth ready to wrestle and play. She’s as lighthearted and crazy as ever and a bit more snuggly.

Molly has been watching her like a hawk and you can see the concern in her eyes for her best friend. She makes sure to get a toy on the way out so they can play when they get outside, even if she’s going to get hit in the head with the cone. And the sweetest act I’ve witnessed is when Molly slowly walks up to Lily and puts her head in the cone to give her a gentle kiss, letting Lily know that cone or not she’s present and by her side.

“Friendship is one mind in two bodies.” – Mencius

“Friendship is one mind in two bodies.” – Mencius

We often can’t solve and fix things in our time. With patience, they must heal on their own. But we always have the power to show empathy and compassion, joining our friend in their “cone” reminding them that they are not alone.

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  1. ahhsioux #

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    November 15, 2014
  2. Anonymous #

    What a great reminder to show kindness always but especially at challenging times in each other’s lives. What we can learn from our four legged friends.

    November 15, 2014
  3. our doggies are great teachers.

    November 15, 2014
  4. Unconditional love. Something humans have a hard time with but animals are naturals at it. Great story 🙂

    November 15, 2014
    • Thanks – they sure have unconditional love figured out.

      November 15, 2014
  5. This is so sweet. I have always disliked the cones and sometimes there is. Nothing else one can do. My two dogs alert me if the other is ‘in trouble.’ Being on the outside of of the deck door, being sick in the night. May Lily heal quickly.

    November 15, 2014
    • Thank you – they show us how to take care of each other.

      November 15, 2014
  6. love it, dogs are wonderful and remind us how to be:)

    November 15, 2014
  7. Such a sweet post and they are sweet animals! Prayers for Lily’s complete healing!!

    November 17, 2014

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