The Beauty of Dogs and Daylilies

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“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”

Lady Bird Johnson

I find great joy and beauty in nature’s wonders: flowers in bloom, rainbows, my garden, bees and butterflies, and my dogs, to name a few.

Each morning, I watch my dogs joyfully chase bees and butterflies that visit my flawless flowers. Our daily ritual is like heaven to me.  The beauty of the moment lasts throughout the day.

“Joyful, joyful, joyful, as only dogs know how to be, happy with only the autonomy of their shameless spirit.”

Pablo Neruda

Huggy (left) with his brothers.

Huggy (left) with his brothers.

After a long day of playing, my schipperke, “Huggy” began acting very strange and lethargic. Although smallest of my dogs, he is the alpha dog and was always full of energy. I frantically rushed him to the emergency vet in the middle of the night. After being treated for hours, Huggy became stable and was sent home with me.

However in the early morning, Huggy took a terrible turn for the worse. I knew this was the end for my dog. I called my folks who couldn’t make sense of my words through my screaming sobs. As Huggy rapidly faded away, I put the phone to his small black ears so that “Grandma and Grandpa” could tell him them loved him and say goodbye forever.

Huggy, in better days

Huggy, in better days

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.

Will Rogers

While desperately waiting until our vet’s office opened, I brought Huggy into the yard to be with his brothers for a final farewell. I hoped that perhaps he would miraculously snap out of it.  He did not.

My sick puppy crawled next to the daylilies. Like every morning, the gorgeous flowers put on a spectacular parade. But in complete despair, I could no longer appreciate beauty. Through my tears, the colorful flowers turned into a blurred rainbow. I hopelessly threw myself onto the wet ground next to my frail dog. Holding his tiny paw, I prayed. Where flowers bloom so does hope.

I finally rushed Huggy to the vet where they immediately administered IV’s and tests. I kissed my little one goodbye on his furry forehead. With a heavy heart, I dragged myself home and curled into a lifeless ball.

Hours later, the phone rang. My heart stopped. It was the vet’s office….

Huggy was ALIVE! It was a miracle!! My best friend, although needing much care, was going to survive! My tears of sorrow quickly turned to tears of joy! My parents rejoiced upon hearing the amazing news!

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Me and “Huggy”

 “Be like the flower, turn your face to the sun.”

– Kahlil Gibran

When Huggy finally came home, he was quickly reunited with his brothers in the yard. Like a flower, I turned my face to the sun.  I was able to smile again.

The dogs frolicked together again by the brilliant daylilies.  The flowers seemed more beautiful than ever. I am so grateful for the restored ability to see beauty.

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Butterfly kisses.

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

Confucius

Claude Monet could easily have been referring to daylilies when he said, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”  The daylily (Hermerocallis) is derived from two Greek words meaning “beauty” and “day”, which is bittersweet.  True to its name, the flower only lasts for one day. Beauty for a day.

Named the perfect perennial,  daylilies are quite economical and very easy to grow in many climates. (Believe me, if I can grow daylilies, anyone can!) These gorgeous blossoms come in many shapes, sizes and colors. I am fortunate to have many different varieties of daylilies in my flower bed.

With each morning sun, a new bloom bursts with color, as if the sky hand-painted a picture just for me.  Take a look at my Beauties, if only for today:

Heaven must be missing an angel.

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Flame Thrower.

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Blonde Bombshell.

yelloworangedaylily_seedylawyerRed, red wine.

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Glowing Ginger.

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Lovely Lavender.

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Sunset Orange.

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Blushing bride.

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You are my sunshine.

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Pretty in Pink.

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Sugar Plum.

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“When you only have two pennies left in the world,

buy a loaf of bread with one,

and a lily with the other.”

Chinese Proverb

I am bringing my beautiful bouquet to the Fiesta Friday (#27) party!

Do you have pets that play in the garden? What is your favorite flower?

All original photos by Seedy Lawyer.  All rights reserved.

  • Margot @ Gather and Graze

    Hi Lisa, lovely to come across your blog through Fiesta Friday today. I was so relieved in reading this post to find that your dog Huggy made a full recovery… it must have been heartbreaking to see him like that and such an anxious wait to hear news back from the vet. Thankfully, he looks mighty fine and back to good health in your photo together!
    The lilies in your garden are absolutely spectacular – what an array of colours. Thanks so much for bringing them along to beautify Fiesta #27! Cheers, Margot

    • Thank you, Margot! Yes, the flowers seem more beautiful than ever with my puppy home. Happy Fiesta Friday!

    • Thank you, Margot for visiting! Thank you for your well wishes. Happy to share my flowers with the wonderful folks at Fiesta Friday!

  • Judi Graber

    What a beautiful story and I almost quit reading your post as I knew what was going to happen. But what a happy ending instead 🙂 Gorgeous photos!

    • Thanks, Judi. I cried even writing the story, but smiled at the end.

  • Julianna

    Oh, I am so happy for you and Huggy! Your lilies are exquisite and I can see how you would derive so much inspiration from them. Thanks so much for sharing your pics and your story of Huggy with us at FF.

    • Thanks so much, Julianna! Yes, my lilies are truly inspirational! Happy FF!!

  • Selma from Selma’s Table

    Found myself holding my breath as I was reading that – so happy that Huggy is ok. The lilies are beautiful – I used to have so many of these in one of my gardens – they seem to spread quite a bit too. I used to also grow them in pots when all I had was a balcony! Your Sugar Plum is rather lovely – Happy Fiesta Friday 🙂

  • loretta

    Great post, and so glad for the happy ending. I did a post not so long ago on lilies too under my Gardening category. Love the variety you have displayed, they are all gorgeous.

    • Hi, Loretta! Thanks! I will definitely check out your lily post. These flowers are amazing! Happy FF!

  • saucy gander

    Oh my, I was so relieved at the end to read Huggy is ok! And such beautiful flowers, thank you so much for sharing this post with Fiesta Friday.

    • Thanks for visiting. I love sharing with the folks at Fiesta Friday!

  • Ahila

    I am glad to hear that Huggy is ok now! And, you have an amazing garden!

    • Thanks. Ahila! I love my garden!

  • Susan Herman

    Looking forward to seeing you, your garden and all the dogs in Oct!

    • Looking forward!

  • flavourphotos

    Sugar Plum – what a sweet name for this stunning flower.

    • I love the colors!

  • Julie @ HostessAtHeart

    Such beautiful flowers and I am so glad that Huggy made it!

    • Thanks, Julie!

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