Searching For Amy

We’ve been searching for Amy for almost two years.

She is not a puppy that we lost, but one that we are hoping to adopt.

Golden Retrievers are in high demand, especially since the pandemic. We are currently still on a wait list, but we have her name picked out already. She would be our third Golden. A large fenced yard , and swimming opportunities are great for these loving, athletic dogs.

Dogs are so beloved by their owners because they are always so glad to see them, and they always let their owners know that they are highly adored !

Do we consistently tell our loved ones how much we love them, not only through our words, but also through our body language and expressions ?

Sometimes I see people scowling at their loved ones, and this confuses me. People are extremely sensitive to others’ facial expressions.

Infants as young as five months learn to recognize their parents’ facial expressions. Our children especially focus on our eyes, and they are much more sensitive to changes in our expression than we realize. Human recognition of emotions, and the ability to tolerate differing emotions begin in infancy. Moms especially need to be sensitive to this. Emotional intelligence is a learned communication skill.

I let my family and friends know, always, that they are precious to me. I smile when I see them. I look at them fondly, with admiration. My husband knows, by the way I look at him, and my facial expressions, how much he is loved.

He knows how I feel even when I am silent. (Sometimes we think words are most important.)

As Psychologist Albert Mehrabin states, up to 93% of human communication is non-verbal.

God also looks at us, his beloved, with great love and affection. Through Jesus, we are his adopted children. He looks at us with the loving, protective gaze of a parent. He guards us as the apple of His eye. (Psalm 17:8)

May we pray for the grace to be able to consistently communicate to others how precious they are to us, and to God.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay

27 thoughts on “Searching For Amy

  1. A wonderful post and great question “Do we consistently tell our loved ones how much we love them, not only through our words, but also through our body language and expressions ?” In our home, a big smile and hug is the human equivalent to our Labrodor’s licky waggly greeting. I hope your Amy soon finds her way to your home.

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  2. A great post on the necessity of showing love, be it in word, action or a smile. When I read your post Sally a thought occurred to me; how often our Lord showed love in silence either by a smile or a look of compassion?

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  3. My wife and I once rescued a Dalmatian who wasnโ€™t easy to love. He bristled and barked at every stranger, those with both two and four legs. Ross had obviously been mistreated by someone. But underneath his gruff demeanor there was a heart of gold. Some folks, like our dally-boy Ross arenโ€™t easy to love. But that shouldnโ€™t stop us from trying. It took me a few weeks to win over my spotted friend, but he turned out to be the most loyal friend Iโ€™ve ever had.

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  4. Non-verbal communication can be difficult, but I probably do it a lot (actually, my mom has basically remarked multiple times it’s impossible to get information out of meโ€”something I should probably work on). Are Golden Retrievers useful during pandemics in some way?

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    1. During the pandemic, it became difficult to adopt puppies, because of quarantines and travel restrictions.

      We had reserved a puppy in another part of Canada, and were unable to pick her up.
      Those people lucky enough to already have a Golden Retriever found them to be excellent company and comfort, I’m sure.

      While we are waiting for our new puppy, I watch Golden Retriever puppy videos on YouTube, and these always make me smile. ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒท

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  5. I also find it sad that we scowl at our loved ones, yet smile at strangers. Your are absolutely right, we should let our family and friends know they are loved. Such a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing this encouragement. And I hope you get your Amy soon!

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