Newspaper reporter Abbie Gripman read about a Tibetan Mastiff who was sold for $1.5 million dollars in China. The reason for the high price is that in China and Tibet, members of this breed are believed to be reincarnated souls of monks who did not achieve Nirvana.
As any normal person with a dog would do, Gripman began to search for signs of holiness in her own dog, Dooley, whose breed mix is undetermined, presumably because of its complexity. Showing the truth of the expression, “Seek and ye shall find,” signs of his highly spiritually advanced state became apparent.
Where some people might see a dog sleeping, Gripman noticed a dog who was in a deep meditative state.
What others identified as snoring, she astutely realized was Dooley repeating his mantra.
While certain observers might think that Dooley has low prey drive, Gripman identifies his tendency to ignore squirrels as a sign that Dooley believes in living and letting live: “He honors the life of the squirrel.”
Her kids remain unconvinced that Dooley is holy. However, Gripman’s husband is either brilliant at keeping peace within a marriage or recognizes the larger truth about their dog, or both. He suggested they rename him “The Dooley Lama.”
Karen B. London, PhD, is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Professional Dog Trainer whose clinical work over the last 17 years has focused on the evaluation and treatment of serious behavioral problems in dogs, especially aggression. Karen has been writing the behavior column for The Bark since 2012 and wrote The Bark’s training column and various other articles for eight years before that. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University, and teaches a tropical field biology course in Costa Rica. Karen writes an animal column, The London Zoo, which appear in The Arizona Daily Sun and is the author of five books on canine training and behavior. She is working on her next book, which she expects to be published in 2017.