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Inspirational, Spiritual Stories. The Welcome Dog Of Patmos

Updated on October 5, 2012

Buddha loves all animals and this dog was no exception. He caused no loss, injury or harm and lived his life with loving kindness. Buddha appreciates this.

This is an inspirational, spiritual story about a dog who has a life mission.

Even until today, he greets Pilgrims from all over the world on their visit to this holy Greek Island of Saint John. From far and away people arrive and pay homage to the apocalyptic cave where St John wrote Revelations.

The welcome Dog of Patmos really exists, the rest is a spiritual inspiration from the mind of Shazwellyn.

Take a look at the actual picture of 'Welcome' and feel the love.

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The Welcome Dog Of Patmos

He never hurt anyone. He was just a loner who had to endure the Egyptian sun that beat down on him. This would be the death of him.

He had a hard life, scavenging for food and shelter. There wasn't much love in his life but for the occasional pat from a kind tourist who happen to be visiting Luxor and Banana Island. So peaceful where the feluccas as they crossed the Nile, but there was no transportation for this little dog. He was stuck amongst the bananas, just like previous generations before him. He managed - he didn't know what it was to live a more privileged life. How do you know when the grass is greener on the other side of the Nile when you have never seen the grass? How do you know happiness when you haven't experienced it?

This dog was tired. He was worn out from the fight. He couldn't keep up with the other dogs, so he found he was losing weight and with this, his strength.

As the sun continued to beat down, he was beat. It was time to rest. The big sleep was descending upon him. He just couldn't be bothered to drink or eat. He just laid on the dusty road.

People couldn't look at his heaving, deep breathing frame. There was nothing for anyone to do. It was a pitiful shame.

The time had come to take his last breath and, finally, he was free.

Darkness descended as if eternity yearned if there was such a thing as time. With nothingness came a renewed energy. It was as if a puff of joy entered the lungs of the dog which gave him a renewed life. He was free - no pain anymore! It was as if he had rays of light around him.

Bounding around a misty haze of blues, purples and pinks, he found himself at the feet of something amazing. Who is this being? What did he want? But all the little dog felt was a love that he had not encountered before - a love with exhaltation. He never knew love like this.

'Hello, little one.' A voice uttered. All that came out was a sniffy sneeze. 'It's o.k. Buddha loves you. Buddha loves all the creatures of the world, no matter who!' Again, all that the little dog could do was a sniffy sneeze and wag his tale.

Buddha could feel the little dog's gratitude and love. He could see he was good and didn't cause any harm in his previous life, although didn't seem to have progressed much from the life before the last. However, it is only love that counts and so patted the little dog and said.

"Little dog, you have had a hard life but I can see how lovingly you greet me," The dog's tail flapped with such joy, "In your next life you are going to have a lovely family who will feed you, for you have learned hunger, and you will experience warm weather and shelter.

I will place you in a special island, not like the one you have left, but a holy island. This island is known as Patmos and you will give the love that you have to those who visit.

Everyday, you will go to the Port in Patmos and you will greet the pilgrims that arrive from the boats.

This you will do without fail because it is important that my representative shows the love to all those who seek it.

Patmos has the love and it will only attract those special enough to see it.

This, little dog, is what I ask of you and when you have completed your task, you will go on to greater things. You would have demonstrated love in a way that only those that experience you will understand. Go forth, little one, and greet the people!"

The Welcome Dog of Patmos
The Welcome Dog of Patmos

Greeting Patmos Pilgrims

Confused, but happy, the little brown dog wandered. He came to a beautiful fountain, sparkling with all the colours of the rainbow. What fun! He jumped into the wet, cool oscillating mass of colour. He felt dizzy with love and fell into a deep sleep.

Awakened, he felt the warm sun on his face. He had already learned to bound and play, but could not remember how he managed to accumulate the years of puppy hood. The only thing on his mind was the smile of his Greek owner and a penetrating sound of a ship sailing an open sea. The feeling was pulling him to the port and in a fleeting moment, he was gone, bounding toward the sound like an echo of the voice of Buddha. He could not rest until he was at port, just in time for the visitors arrival.

There he stood, greeting the Patmos pilgrims who came from all over the world, all of which noticed the little brown dog. Some patted, some walked by, but none-the-less, he could not be ignored.

This dog became famous. He visited the port of Skala everyday. Without fail the little brown dog greeted the visitors to the holy island of Patmos. It is for this reason that he became know as the welcome dog.

© Shazwellyn 2012 - This work is covered under Creative Commons License

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    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Great Britain

      Oersotcacious, thank you for your loving kindness :)

      Globetrekkermel. I thank you for your lovely words. This dog just had my imagination on fire and I just had to write this!

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      6 years ago from CALIFORNIA

      love it, love it ,love it!!!! this story melts your heart!

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      Demas W Jasper 

      6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Did you know that Buddhists understand and expect Christ's second coming? It's true. A pet dog is a good example of unconditional love. Thanks for this reminder.


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