Generally dogs are well-regarded as being loyal to their humans.
What does it mean for us to be loyal to others? To stand by our friends even we don’t agree. Are we brave enough to find solutions to our relationship difficulties rather that letting them fester? Can we speak directly to our friends if a problem arises?
It helps to be vigilant in our thoughts and our hearts, remaining compassionate towards others, and forgiving, as our dogs are towards us.
This week I am guilty of lack of compassion, and it has taken a few dream visitations from my dog, Jolly, to open my eyes to my behaviour.
If you fall into the pattern of bitter thoughts or judgement towards others, or yourself, look to your dog for a reminder of loyalty and love. Let yourself be guided by her loving eyes and wagging tail.
If treated with simple love and consistency, your dog will always be there for you and will forgive you your complex human-ness over and over again.
If you don’t have a dog you may find having an amulet with a symbol of a dog a helpful reminder of the stress you create for yourself by hanging on to anger.
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If more traditional uses and associations for the symbol of the dog interest you, look no further than the guiding and intermediary role they play for humans entering the realms of death. The dog as a symbol has a strong history across many cultures as being the guide to the underworld (psychopomp). As in life the dog is a companion to their human, so in death they guide their human to the realms of beyond. Across many cultures the dog is also regarded as an excellent intermediary between the living and the dead.
A dog amulet or talisman would be put to excellent use if you have a desire to make contact with the underworld.