Amazing Driftwood Horses / A Dog's Purpose / Keep your fork...

Hi Folks,

Two young women have been searching through pieces of driftwood and making amazing pieces of art, not only are they beautiful, but they are using what Mother Nature has left behind in order to create another art form.

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I posted this next one 2 years ago and recently again received it in an email so decided to repost as it's a real good one (and of course a soppy one) so have a hanky ready lom !!

A Dog's Purpose ...... (from a 6-year-old).

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home. As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker 's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.''

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live. He said,

''People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?'' The Six-year-old continued,''Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.''

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

1) When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
2) Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
3) Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
4) Take naps.
5) Stretch before rising.
6) Run, romp, and play daily.
7) Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
8) Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
9) On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
10) On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree
11) When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
12) Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
13) Be loyal.
14) Never pretend to be something you're not.
15) If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

and When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.


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Keep your fork ......

There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things ' in order, ' she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.

Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her... ' There ' s one more thing, ' she said excitedly.
' What ' s that? ' came the Pastor ' s reply. ' This is very important, ' the young woman continued.. ' I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand. ' The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say.

That surprises you, doesn ' t it? ' the young woman asked.

' Well, to be honest, I ' m puzzled by the request, ' said the Pastor...

The young woman explained ' My grandmother once told me this story, and from that time on I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement. In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, ' Keep your fork. ' It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie.. Something wonderful, and with substance! '

So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder ' What ' s with the fork? ' Then I want you to tell them: ' Keep your fork ..the best is yet to come. ' The Pastor ' s eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman good-bye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death... But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did.. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She KNEW that something better was coming.

At the funeral people were walking by the young woman ' s casket andthey saw the cloak she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the Pastor heard the question, ' What ' s with the fork? ' And over and over he smiled. During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.

He was right. So the next time you reach down for your fork let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to come. Friends are a very rare jewel , indeed They make you smile and encourage you to succeed Cherish the time you have,and the memories you share .....being friends with someone is not an opportunity but a sweet responsibility..

Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND..
and remember to keep your fork !

Cheers from Scotland, Love Kate xxx.