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Dona Nobis Pacem

IT’S TIME AGAIN to blog for peace.  Let me introduce you to my two fellow bloggers in the picture above. Ceilidh (left) and Echo (the shameless hussy on the right) are my furbabies, my hairy kids. When push comes to shove, I think I’ve learned as much about peace from them as I have anywhere else.

The last couple of weeks have not been good ones for peace in Canada. Two members of our military, Nathan Cirillo and Patrice Vincent, were killed in separate violent incidents, their lives taken by disturbed individuals. These tragic deaths raise so many questions – questions of national security, immigration policy, the role of our military here and abroad. Our struggle for peace becomes so complicated. Does it really have to be that way?

Nathan Cirillo was an animal lover who had two rescue dogs as pets. I have a feeling he’d agree that the world would be a better place if we applied a bit of canine wisdom to our lives.

Live in the moment, and get every possible atom of enjoyment out of it.

Fight when you have to, but forget about it two minutes later. And don’t bite if a growl will do.


Life isn’t really life without a pack (family).

Food, water, shelter and love are all we really need.

I’ve heard it said that the reason dogs’ lives are so short is because they’re born knowing all the important stuff, so they don’t need to live as long.

Makes sense to me.