name carries an important meaning in our life. This I learned
from my little Mini Pinscher five years ago. When I brought my tiny
puppy home from the breeder, I gave my pet the name King. I had heard
that because of its playful character, his race was described with the
nickname King of the Toys.
Consequently I thought that the name
King would give my puppy a royal reference and a definite attitude of
selfconfidence. As little as my mini pin was, he soon acted according to
the royal attributes I saw in him. He started to perform as a vivacious
little ruler, being possessive over me and his companion dog Button, a
three-year-old Mini Schnauzer. I realized that I had wrapped this little
dog in a blanket of dominance rather than in a blanket of love--the one
and only purpose why I had created a puppy in my life.
One day a friend had the idea to
change the name King to a name which would suit my cute little dog
perfectly. We looked at his loving features, his trustful sparkling dark
eyes shining forth in his alert brownish-black spotted face, adorable to
anyone who wanted to experience a lovely puppy. Spontaneously we
baptized him Love and because of its tinyness we called him Little Love.
In just a short time I noticed a sweeping change in my little Pinscher
reflecting MY heart-warming attitude in this doggy - his real nature. By
simply changing my dog’s name, a new doggy emerged from a ruling King to
I was aware that whatever thoughts I
put onto my puppy, he responded astutely and magically. Owning a pet was
a new adventure for me as I never had my very own dear furry friend. For
the first time I realized a healing power reflecting in my lovely doggy
friend, the healing power of unconditional love. Animals are
nonjudgmental and unconditional and they teach living from the divine
Often Little Love reminds me that it
is time for a break especially when I feel "rushed" to finish a work.
Uninhibitedly he insists to get up as he wiggles his favorite fluffy toy
in front of me squeezing it squeaky sound into my ears uninterruptedly.
Casually he throws it in the air or flaps it around his head trying to
get my attention. It does not take long and I am stretched out on the
carpet happily playing with my treasured friend. I am having such fun
that the world around me disappears, a wise method of relaxation.
Little Love is still a tiny dog
standing 12 inches high. He is alert, curious and shows a gentle
braveness towards any dog, big or small.
The ultimate touch of gentleness to
Little Love was given by 9-year-old Sabrina from Switzerland. She
visited the UNI-campus with her grandmother and her brother Jerôme.
Nothing happens by chance, as when Sabrina "forgot" her favorite doll at
home. For her two week stay, she found a happy replacement with Little
Love. He became her cuddling baby doll. With innocent caring, she
wrapped him in a warm white blanket, tenderly holding him next to her
heart, kissing and snuggling the doggy as the sweetest new born baby on
Earth. Never had I experienced Little Love so relaxed, so content, and
smilingly peaking out of Sabrina’s arms as she played his mummy.
One morning I arrived in the house
and there stood Sabrina with Little Love dressed up in a red ruffled
doll dress. Even being dressed as a doll did not bother Little Love. He
did not mind. He played the game untouched, surrounded by Sabrina’s
genuine love, He was happy. Both Sabrina and Little Love, spent precious
hours together sharing the silent language of pure unconditional love,
living joy filled moments in the now.
It does not matter what first name
we have chosen for our life experience, our real and precious name is:
-Dr Ellen Jermini