Karen B. London
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Mutt Inspires Thoughts of Nirvana
Dooley’s behavior models the Dalai Lama
His Holiness The Dooley Lama.

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 Bark columnist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in the domestic dog.

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Submitted by SaraG | March 29 2011 |

My dog is mos def enlightened! Aren't they all?

Submitted by Karin, Flagstaff | March 29 2011 |

I saw Abbie's column in the paper recently and laughed through the entire piece! Now, when I see my 6 sleeping, I think, hmmm, deep metitative states....!

Submitted by Gingerfox | March 29 2011 |

Dogs are our spiritual guides. Reading suggestion: Jean Houston's "Mystical Dogs: Animals as Guides to Our Inner Life"

Submitted by Anonymous | April 2 2011 |

"Religion is a smile on a dog" - TenThousand Maniacs.

Submitted by Anonymous | April 5 2011 |

Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians (not 10,000 Maniacs)

Submitted by J.C. Burcham, DVM | April 6 2011 |

Followed Patricia McConnell's blog to this post--so glad I did! This is genius! Love it!!

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