Pay it Forward

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In the essence of our Siberian People, each one or pack has a trail to break or follow in life. It might be an easy trail, or full of danger and hardship. That is something we share with them in our own lives. There are good times of plenty, and there are times of famine and struggle.

I don’t think anyone deals with this better than the Siberians. They live life to the fullest no matter what they have been given as we do. The only difference is they rely on us to help them through the rough times if we can.

I have many friends with Siberian children. They fret and worry about them just as much as their own children, and I totally understand it. I know that they struggle to make it in life, as I did when I was younger. I’ve fought those same hard trails that many of you now endure. It’s called life and I can’t remember anyone ever telling me it would be easy.

I have been fortunate to come out of some dark times into the light. A better person for having endured it and survived intact. I’ve seen that perseverance in the Husky. And it’s obvious to me that they pass that on to us. They also seem to know when we need a friend. Even without asking… they know. And they offer up what they can to help us feel better.

It’s another life lesson taught by these Siberians. And that is to recognize and help someone when you see the need.

It doesn’t matter how much you can help, as much as if you try. Whether it be advice, support, or even money if you have a spare dollar or two. A little bit can make a huge difference in someone else’s life, and the life of their Husky that they love as much as you love yours.

I admit I have been selfish in my life, only thinking of my own survival at times. But then, during those times… that is what I needed to ensure that my own family endured. Some folks helped me at times when I needed it most, and I am forever grateful. I couldn’t repay them then, but I can repay the debt by helping others now when I can.

I can’t do it all, but at times I can do something. It might only take a few words of encouragement, or showing some compassion for somebody having hard times. Those of us who have been blessed with the love of these dogs can learn so much about the trail of life from our Siberian People if we just listen to them. They don’t talk our language but the lessons are there if you look for them.

I would like to think that all of us husky owners are family in a way. It takes a unique person, or persons to live with these four-legged souls. They have much to teach about leading a good life. Being kind until it’s time not to be. Working hard, because it is good for the soul and leads to better things. Being compassionate because all of us are living beings just trying to make it in this world.

Pay it forward, when you are able, because that voice in the dark wanting help… might be you or me in the future. The trail of life has many twist and turns, and a pack is stronger than any one individual. The Siberian People know that better than anyone. Never turn your back on a member of the pack.

Siberian Huskies have been around and survived for thousands of years. That is proof enough for me to listen when they speak without words. The lessons are right there in front of us every day. They are more than dogs, they are a race of people… The Siberian People.

Simple needs, pure of heart, and completely honest.

How many humans can say that?

TJ Wolf

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