Life changing moment

There is a story behind everything, and this quote here had a story behind why I posted it. I will admit, I never thought I would be writing this and I was hesitant to post it because it’s something personal that happened recently in my life and not something easy to talk about never mind write about.

 

Before I get into the story, the reason why I felt I had a calling to share this was a woman all the way from New York. While listening to Cieloscent Talk Radio Podcast, Β A podcast about education, empowerment and taking your life to the next level. The podcast titled: The Things I Learn and Share On Twitter.

 

Cieloscent, who is a great sharer on her social media talks about coming across my Twitter page and seeing the picture and quote I have with it. Being thankful.

 

We are all taught as people to be thankful but in our busy lives, we tend to get caught up and forget to take the time to be appreciative of what we have.

 

If you tap into that conscious state of being thankful, grateful, appreciative or however you want to call it then not only will you reap the benefits of a positive mindset, but it can help your overall health.

 

You can listen to Cieloscent’s podcast here:Β Radio.cieloscent.com/cr-201-the-things-i-learn-and-share-on-twitter

 

Okay, now is the story behind why I posted this quote.

 

On Sunday 10th September 2017, after starting the hike in Tafelberg Road, just off Kloof road in Cape Town. The roadΒ you would drive up to the start of the cable cars, but the pipe track is the beginning of the road. My family and I set off for a long, bonding, enjoyable and eventful hiking day. The pictures of the hike can be found on my Instagram:

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Before we did the hike my dog who is primarily an indoors senior dog had to be in the backyard of my home since no one was able to keep an eye on him in case of any accidents that might have happened. He was in company with his food and water bowls outside too.

 

I knew he would be barking his head off, but there wasn’t any otherΒ option to do. I figured he would self-soothe himself by licking his paws which became a habit in the past when calming himself down.

 

Fast forward many hours after the hike, I was still on a natural high from being around nature and despite being tired mentally, physically I had energy still.

 

Greeting my dog Jocky with a warm embrace, I neatly put down on my carpet in my room an outdated, very old, warm, soft, but never worn again women’s cardigan sweater for him to lie down and rest on.

 

I could tell how tired my dog was because normally he would be up and about following those in the house, except this time he went straight upstairs to my bedroom and curled himself into a ball.

 

In the evening, I took Jocky for his usual walk around the neighborhood which he and I are always fond of doing. Since my dog is a senior dog, I have been accustomed to him walking slower than he normally does, but this time he was going slower than his usual speed. I realized it must have been from being outside in the backyard for hours on end that lead to exhaustion.

 

As night time approached on that Sunday after an adventurous day out in mother nature, nothing seemed more appealing than the moment of having your head touch the pillow and going fast asleep into dreamland.

 

Just as my eyes were closing I heard a noise. That noise was familiar, but at first, I assumed it was my imagination from being over tired. After hearing that sound again I opened my eyes a bit more, then looked down from my bed and saw my dog wanting to vomit.

 

Quickly rushing him down the stairs for what seemed forever to get to the backyard I then open the door and let him enter the backyard where he does what he needs to there. The side effects of vomiting can leave a person feeling dizzy and that applies to dogs too.

 

I looked away for a second, and in a blink of an eye, it happened. Jocky, my dog fell over from being dizzy and he was in an incredible amount of pain. The horror sounds that came out of his mouth made me rush outside and help him. With the help of my family members, we all worked together in helping Jocky get up and relieve his pain however we could.

 

I will never forget his face crying out in the immense amount of pain and suddenly he went quiet. His eyes were wide open with his tongue sticking outside his mouth and he didn’t move. I didn’t know what to think, I was shaking and everyone outside was in panic shouting that he isn’t breathing.

 

Those were the hardest words to ever accept. I wouldn’t! I knew he is stronger than anything. The day he was born, Jocky showed the most strength among the 3 other puppies that came from his mom. He is a senior dog now with arthritis and heart problems, but I knew he has fight left inside of him.

 

Watching my dog lie helplessly on the ground like that, and those words I hated the most to hear playing countless of times left me with a lump in my throat and opened a floodgate of loud uncontrollable tears that fell down my face.

 

I kept thinking this isn’t right, not like this. A dog that has so much life inside of him despite his health problems doesn’t deserve to be taken away in such a cold-hearted way. I had experienced growing up with Jocky through my young childhood days, tweenage, teenager and now adulthood. Every step of the way he has been there and I have been there for him through his life.

 

No one can truly beΒ prepared for anything like this and I never think I would ever, I refused to let anyone give up on him especially now. Working together, we brought him back to life.

 

In all honesty, I can’t say if it was everyone working together with him or simply Jocky himself fighting through it but what holds the most utmostΒ importance is my dog made it. He is alive.

 

Witnessing a near death situation from Jocky who isn’t just a dog or a pet to me, but part of the family has made me beyond grateful to God in keeping him with me.

 

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Took these picture of Jocky on 14th September 2017. As you can tell he looks excited. The reason why was because I was holding food up in the air. Hence why he has his tongue out.

 

 

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Collages created fromΒ PicsArt Photo Studio.

 

 

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A beauty like this doesn’t need filters.

 

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My late first dog called Lassie. (Jocky’s mom) Sorry about the bad quality, it was taken from an old photograph.

 

It doesn’t necessarily have to be a pet, it could be a person/people in your life that are significant for you to walk through a burning fire in order to save them. Literally and figuratively. It is indescribable the great lengths you would do in order to keep them safe.

 

After a person sees a near death encounter, there becomes a change in the way you look at things, the way you look at life to be more specific. Being thankful isn’t what was once forced, it happens naturally. A way of life, like how the sun rises and sets.

 

It shouldn’t always be waiting in anticipation for something to happen in your life in order to turn that switch on. It comes down to you, your mind and reflecting on the bigger picture.

 

No matter what you are going through, know that there is always something to be thankful for. If you are in a country that has access to clean water and never experienced a drought or a flood, that is something to be thankful for.

 

On your way to work or school with a car that has seen better days? Guaranteed there is someone who would be thankful to have your car and not have to walk or have to be around people they don’t know when taking public transportation.

 

Look at your life through a magnifying glass, those little things/moments that go unnoticed will become clear if you really take a long look in finding what to be thankful for. Every day may not be good, BUT THERE’S SOMETHING GOOD IN EVERY DAY. Remember that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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43 Comments

    1. Hello, thank you so much for commenting on this very personal blog post of mine. I wasn’t sure how the response would be, but I really wanted others to get the importance of being thankful πŸ™‚ Thank you for your support! It really means a lot ❀

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  1. I am so glad Jocky fought through and made it, dogs are so strong and he knew how important he was to you and wanted to stay with you. As a Vet Nurse it sounds like a miracle he came back but it’s amazing he is. It’s so true not taking anything for granted I really feel the same with my own dog I know he is only with me for a short time and i need to make the most of that time and make his life as amazing as I can for him πŸ’•

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    1. Hello, Tracy, thank you so much for your support ❀ Jocky might be a senior dog, but he still has a lot of fight inside him I believe that. You are a vet nurse? That's a very special job! How do you handle seeing an animal doing badly? I imagine it isn't always easy seeing an animal in pain? Must take a strong, warm and kind person to do that job. You should tweet me a picture of your dog, I would love to see what he looks like πŸ™‚ Take care, Tracy to you and your dog!

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  2. Jocky is such a beautiful and strong dog! I am glad that he made it πŸ™‚ Even I dont have dog, I can understand how you feel about it! Thank you for sharing this story πŸ™‚

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      1. Hello dear, It is my pleasure πŸ™‚ I enjoy reading your blog post. you always share amazing stories to others ❀ I used to have cats but since I moved to another country and stayed in apartment, I couldn’t have them with me 😦 luckily I have my mom taking care of them.

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      2. I’m sure your mom would be taking good care of your cats ❀ Thank you, Elvira, for sticking around and being a part of my blogging journey! πŸ™‚ I have a lot to learn still, but glad to have the support! Take care πŸ™‚

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  3. I cried while reading this post because the love you have for Jocky resonates so well in this post. Jocky is more than a pet Jocky is a companion for life and I’m sure he blesses your family with the love they all deserve x

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    1. Aww, Wendy! It was incredibly hard to be that vulnerable in sharing this story of mine. I knew at the back of my mind I had to write this because I’m sure there might be someone out there who has experienced this. And the message I wanted to convey above all is for people who do read this to be thankful. Wendy, thank you so much for your beautiful comment! ❀

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    1. Hello, Colin, I wasn’t sure what the reaction would be writing this blog post, so to come on here and see people show kindness towards my dog Jocky really is a touching thing! Jocky is a fighter ❀ Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Colin! πŸ™‚

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    1. Jocky still has heart problems, but with the help of a good vet doctor and tablets he is managing it. Take it one day at a time, and I remain more present now with giving him all my love and attention because he truly deserves it ❀

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  4. I am so glad Jocky is okay. I hope he has a long life ahead of him. πŸ˜€ This is such a thoughtful post, I’ve really enjoyed reading and contemplating on it. You couldn’t be more right – it’s so easy to feel ungrateful but it’s so important to be thankful for what we do have. Who knows when we will lose it? Thank you for the reminder. ❀

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    1. Hello, thank you for taking the time to leave a comment πŸ™‚ It definitely gives you a change in the way a person thinks! It is easier said than done sometimes, but when facing moments like these it really changes a person’s perception. Have a good day/night!

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  5. Aww, I’m so happy to hear that there are other dog lovers out there.

    I find that they cement themselves to you and easily become part of the family. They return this with unconditional love and loyalty.

    I’m so pleased to hear Jocky is okay, I believe he definetely fought to be with you.

    Lovely post from a lovely lady!

    Kind regards,

    Rachy

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    1. Oh this is so embarrassing! Your comment was in the spam file. I don’t know why but found it there. Thank you for tweeting and letting me know πŸ™‚ Silly me πŸ˜› I never knew how much love and appreciation I have for my dog Jocky until actually writing this post. He isn’t just a pet, but he is part of the family ❀ Thank you so much for leaving your comment, Rachy! You mentioned other dog lovers, so I take it you have a dog? πŸ™‚

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      1. It’s okay Hun, it happens to me all the time. And yep I’ve got 3 actually. All amazing characters – 2 Miniature schnauzers & 1 Tibetan terrier. I don’t know how I could live without them, they are totally my life. 😊

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    1. Hello, Leann, thank you so much for leaving your comment! πŸ™‚ The amount of support Jocky has received from this post still blows me away! Pets really have a special spot in a person’s heart ❀ Enjoy your day/night!

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    1. Hello, thank you for taking the time to comment πŸ™‚ Animals really does pull at a person’s heartstrings! Especially since I have the honor and privilege of having my dog since I was a young child. Enjoy your day/night πŸ™‚

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  6. This brought a tear to my eye. im so glad Jocky is OK. Such a beautiful dog. The emotions you shared were real and full of love.

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    1. Hello, Hilesh, I still feel I learned so much since that has happened. Being more present in the moment is what I am striving for to the best I can πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for your comment and the support with my blog on Twitter! Really means a lot!

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    1. Hello, Reshu, thank you for taking the time to leave a comment πŸ™‚ Goes to show you, one should never underestimate the love one can have for their precious pet in their family. Hope he is doing well now πŸ™‚ Have a good day/night!

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  7. Found your blog via #bloggerstribe – I wasn’t expecting such a touching post scrolling along! I can relate on so many levels but my poor little guy didn’t make it. Enjoy every moment, you’re so right! Pets are precious – I’m happy Jocky has such a good mom πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing this

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    1. Hello, thank you so much for taking time out of your day to comment on my blog 😊 I don’t know why, but I had this gut feeling that I should write this post and I went for it. It wasn’t easy to do! I got emotional while writing it because I had to replay these moments again when writing it. I’m truly sorry about your dog! I hope he is now in peace. A dog owner never forgets that special bond they had with their 4 legged loved one, and I’m sure yours will stay forever in your heart. Thank you once again for commenting! Have a good day/night 😊

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  8. This a a great post because there is a very valuable lesson which is to make the most of our time with our loved ones and not to waste a single second. Sometimes we need that reminder so thank you for reminding me of this. Wishing the dog and your family the best!

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    1. Thank you Faisal for sharing your thoughts on my blog post 😊 I really appreciate it! Indeed, it is the biggest takeaway from this post is to be thankful for what you have because God can take it away in a blink of an eye. Have a good day/night! 😊

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