The Amazing Healing Power of Love

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This is Baby, a sad looking Boxer mix that my stepdaughter and I found in the parking lot of a Dollar General store last July. She was thirsty, hungry, hot — the temperature was 105 when we found her — and her life was very much in danger, with all the trucks and cars speeding by. The store manager told us that she had been hanging around, living on the streets, for at least three months.

Her sweet personality melted our hearts. After giving her some food and water, I scooped her up in my arms and we brought her home.

I took the above picture the day after we found her. She looked hopeless and helpless, frightened and sad, like she had been beaten down by life.

I took the picture below, two months and five days later. She doesn’t even look like the same dog. This is the healing power of love!

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Love heals dogs, and love heals humans. I have experienced the healing power of love in my own life, and I have seen the miracle happen in the lives of others.

The awesome thing about love is that it flows both ways. We give our rescue dogs love, and they give us love right back.

I believe that God is love, and love is kind. I believe we were created by God, made in His image of love. Β I believe that love is as necessary to life and health as the food we eat and the air we breathe.

What causes PTSD? In my case, and in my combat veteran husband’s case, our PTSD was caused by horrific violent acts. Acts of abuse, acts of terror, acts of war. Acts that are the polar opposite of kindness, gentleness, and nurturing love.

Hate kills, but love heals. And the greatest commandment is love! (Matthew 22:36-40)

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19 thoughts on “The Amazing Healing Power of Love

  1. Aura Gael May 21, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    I love that you were able to do this for her. What a sweetie. Love the eyes of course.

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  2. Tricia May 21, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    Awww, what a great post Linda and such a beautiful dog! Love heals indeed. God bless you Linda.

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  3. dbest1ishere May 22, 2017 / 5:43 am

    Aweeeee I love dogs and its so nice you helped her. In return she will help you.

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    • Lynda Lee/@LadyQuixote May 22, 2017 / 6:14 am

      You are right, she helps us every day. I didn’t know much about dogs until I married my husband in 2004. We have had four rescue dogs since then: an Otterhound named Farley, a Red Heeler Australian Cattle Dog named Lady, a small standard poodle we call Scrappy, and Baby the Boxer mix. They all have brought us so much love and laughter. I never want to live without a dog again.

      The only really hard thing is that dogs don’t live nearly as long as people do. The Otterhound and the Cattle Dog are gone now. But their memory lives on in our hearts. ❀ ❀

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      • dbest1ishere May 22, 2017 / 6:13 pm

        That is the worst part that they don’t live as long as us. I lost one of my dogs a few months ago after having him for 12 years. As hard as that was I know how much he helped me. So this Friday I am going to pick out another dog to join my life along with my remaining dog. I’m excited over this even though I will always miss my dog I lost.

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        • Lynda Lee/@LadyQuixote May 22, 2017 / 8:00 pm

          I think it’s wonderful you’re doing that. I will always miss our Farley boy and our Lady girl. But having another dog (or two) to love helps heal the grief.

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  4. atimetoshare.me May 22, 2017 / 8:02 am

    What a blessing you were to that pup. God blesses us too with his unconditional love for us. You are soooo right. Love conquers all.

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      • atimetoshare.me May 23, 2017 / 5:27 am

        How kind of you to say, but being a sinner like everyone else, I have my moments too. Blessings today and always.

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    • Lynda Lee/@LadyQuixote June 5, 2017 / 5:19 pm

      Thank you! I am taking a little nap right now with our 2 rescue dogs. Well, THEY are napping, I am lying on the bed beside them reading and writing on my Kindle Fire tablet. πŸ˜€

      Thank you so much for stopping by, Bethany! Safe ((HUG)) if you want one.

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      • bethanyk June 5, 2017 / 5:22 pm

        I will take a hug! Thank you!
        I so miss cuddling with dogs. There is no other love like it.

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