The Best and Most Beautiful Things

Meditations in Motion

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.Helen Keller

Helen Keller was an amazing and beautiful woman. She was good friends with both Mark Twain and Alexander Graham Bell. Ms. Keller, a Socialist, traveled the world to advocate for the education of the deaf, blind, and disabled. She was the first deaf and blind person to graduate from college (Radcliffe).

Meditations in Motion

One of her lesser known accomplishments, but one that is dear to my heart, is the introduction of the Akita breed of dog to the US. Our Akita, Tobi, who was with us for 15 years, liked to “sing” the Star Spangled Banner with my husband. Tobi brought a lot of joy into our lives and is dearly missed. Thank you, Ms. Keller, for making it possible to have our beloved Tobi as part of the family.

I am hoping your heart feels the best and most beautiful things in the world this holiday season.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.Ephesians 2:10

Linking with Cee’s FOTD Challenge, Reflections From Me for A Blogging Good Time, Random-osity for Little Things Thursdays, Just a Second for Scripture and a Snapshot, Peabea Photography for Sunday Scripture Blessings, A Spirit of Simplicity for Selah, and It’s a Small Town Life for Thankful Thursday.

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50 comments

  1. My son has an Akita and named her Karma. After thiefs in the middle of the night stole an engine off his boat in front of his house , he researched a dog that would be family friendly, devoted and alert to “bad folks”. Anyone who tried a stunt like that again would get their KARMA! 🤣My daughter-in-law at the time did not want another dog; they had a house full of kids and another dog – a dachshund. She had just given birth and was suffering with mastitis. Needless to say, she and Karma have become devoted and fast friends. Karma was the runt of her litter and she’s seems a bit off, not in a bad way, but no one can deny her devotion and kindness. I always pet her head and say “how you doing girl!?!”

    By the way my son got his engine back in a very unique, brave and outrageous way and I probably should put it into a blog, if he would let me.

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    • Your son’s Akita sounds like a typical Akita. OUrs had a great personality – just like you described. She was loyal and loving toward family and friends, but suspicious of strangers. I could not allow kids to pet her when I took her for a walk. I was afraid she would view them as a threat and she weighed 125 lbs. Karma is the perfect name for your granddog!

      I will look forward to reading your story if you get permission from your son! 🙂

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      • It’s a pretty wild story and names would have to be changed to protect the innocent ha ha . Just know that my son took matters into his own hands along with help of his bigger older and very muscular brother.

        Let’s just say they found the stolen item 60 miles away and helped take it off the hands of the thief who had stored it in his garage and advertised it for sale. While the younger son distracted the thief, his bigger older brother lifted the 150 pound motor is to a shelf that was half covered under a tarp (serial number exposed of course) and threw it in the back of his truck. They knew it was theirs because of the identifying serial number .

        So now you basically have the story in a nutshell but it is sad that there are unsavory, unethical people out there who will creep into your front yard in the dead and thick of night and steal a motor off someone else’s property!
        After this, Karma the Akita came into the family. So glad to hear the story of your wonderful family dog!

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  2. Laurie, I just learned a lot about Helen Keller in your post. How amazing that she had such a wide breadth of friends. and I didn’t know she introduced Akita’s to the US. I’ve only ever known one person who had one, and that dog was beautiful!

    Have a beautiful Christmas season!

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  3. I came for the Rose – but stayed for the God – err Dog!! 😉

    What a lovely and ever-so-slightly imperfect rose – they seem to be the flower of the month! 😉

    125lbs?? (55 kgs) that’s one heck of a dog – he looks beautiful!
    Did you know about Hachikō, an Akita in Japan? Amazing story.

    I read a quote from Helen about her dog, Kamikaze-go, I’m sure you would relate: “If ever there was an angel in fur, it was Kamikaze. I know I shall never feel quite the same tenderness for any other pet. The Akita dog has all the qualities that appeal to me — he is gentle, companionable and trusty.”

    Sorry for your loss – i remember how it felt with our German Shepherd, Tzar.

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    • Yes, I chose this picture of the rose before I knew what Cee was going to post for the day. I took the picture about 6 weeks ago. No roses around here now!

      I never heard of Hachikō. I will have to Google him. Tobi has been gone for 7 years, and I still get misty-eyed when I think of her. I’m sure you feel the same way about Tzar!

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    • Oh, a singing St. Bernard sounds wonderful! Maine sounds like the perfect place to have that breed. I learned that Ms. Keller introduced the Akita to the US when I was doing research for this post.

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  4. I used to collect quotation and send one out every day at work – I did that for years and this was one of my favorite quotations. I did not know Helen Keller was significant in getting the Akita introduced here in the States. I had never heard of the Akita until the Nicole Simpson tragedy as her dog was an Akita and I saw pictures of it. I am sure after 15 years you must still miss Tobi who would have been a longtime member of the household.

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    • I learned about Helen Keller introducing the Akita to the US when I was researching for this post. Tobi passed away 8 years ago, and I still get tears in my eyes when I think of her. My hubby and I agonized over whether to get another dog and decided not to because we travel often. Then when my son and his wife went to the hospital to have their baby we told them we would watch their dog. That baby is now 7, and we still have the dog (Benji)!

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      • That is funny about Benji … he became a permanent fixture at your house. I have not had a dog for years, but I had canaries, two of them, not at the same time. The first one died the same year as my mom and just a few weeks before Christmas … I was devastated as Sugar was so full of life and he loved to sing. I did not want to get another pet and my friend/neighbor said I should not work from home and have no family and be all alone, especially at Christmas, so she convinced me to get another canary, which I named Buddy. I wrote alot about Buddy here in the blog and he had a stroke two years ago and I had to have him euthanized. I cannot write or talk about Buddy without getting tears in my eyes either – he was a wonderful companion and it was so sudden. So no more pets for me as it is too heartbreaking to lose them. Sugar died in 2010 before I started this blog. This was my little Buddy: https://lindaschaubblog.net/2016/12/04/forty-feathered-friends-at-the-footbridge/

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      • Thanks Laurie – yes, I can’t do it again. My mom and I a parakeet that we cherished and lost him to a tumor on his esophagus in 1983. We vowed to never get another bird or pet. My next-door neighbor went on vacation in 2006 and we took care of her canary that she had just gotten. The canary was with us for almost three weeks – we catered to him, and my mom was with him all day in the kitchen – he had lots of attention and love, went back home and was listless and would not eat or sing, so Marge gave him to us in 2006. But I know we would not have gotten another bird. I should have not gotten Buddy as I knew it would be painful when he died – I even got mad at my neighbor for insisting I should get another pet. That wasn’t nice of me – I railed at her as she drove me to the vet – I couldn’t have driven, crying too hard. Pets are just like family – I believe they understand that as well. I follow a blind woman and she has a seeing eye dog, a Labradoodle named Munch – the stories of love and how he has made her independent are just so heartwarming.

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  5. My daughter and SIL have an Akita, and he is a beautiful and fun dog. He’s a fun furbaby who loves to play toys so I can imagine how fun yours was, and sorry for your loss. Our furbabies add so much to a family. Have a nice week heading up to Christmas season.

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