The last week in January 2011, my husband and I drove to Maine for the weekend to purchase a Pembroke Corgi. Why we thought we needed a third dog … and why we would decide to get one in the middle of the worst winter ever is a mystery.
We brought home the cutest little tri-color female, who we named Mirabella (it means “wonderful”). She’s been wonderful, too, for the most part. When she’s good, she’s very good, and when she’s bad — I don’t even want to go there.
Well, it’s been a year, and Mira has definitely become “my dog.” Max, our nine-year-old Cardigan Corgi, has always been my husband’s dog. And our son’s German Shepherd is definitely “his dog.” Since I work from home when I’m not in the Franciscan Media offices, Mira is never far from my side. She’s a great motivation to get out and take a walk when I’m tempted to stay glued to my computer. She brings joy and laughter and love.
It’s just like the Catechism says:
“Animals are God’s creatures. He surrounds them with his providential care. By their mere existence they bless him and give him glory. Thus men owe them kindness. We should recall the gentleness with which saints like St. Francis of Assisi or St. Philip Neri treated animals” (CCC, 2416).