It was an autumn day in Minnesota. But the weather didn't seem to know the difference between fall and winter. We were hit with a big snowfall for which no one was prepared.
We have two apple trees in our backyard. Our golden retriever, Prana, loved apples. When she went outside, she'd grab an apple, stick it far back in her mouth, and sneak into the house to save for nibbling on later. The apples had been on the ground and were often muddy, so I wasn't always happy that Prana had brought them into the house. Sensing my disapproval, she'd turn her head, so I wouldn't see her hidden treasure. It was our little game.
On the day that it snowed too early in the season, Prana went outside, and I watched her from the window. I noticed that she was frantically digging holes and bringing the apples to the surface so that they could be seen above the snow. I wondered why she was doing this. She seemed intensely occupied with a mission to dig up as many apples as possible during her yard time.
When I called her back into the house, she carried her usual one apple in her mouth. About five minutes later, I looked outside. The yard was completely covered with birds. It looked as if Prana had dug up all those apples for her bird and squirrel friends to eat because they wouldn't have enough food to survive such an early winter! Tears sprang to my eyes as I witnessed this beautiful act of unconditional love from a creature who taught us how to serve life with such grace.
Reprinted from Angel Animals -- Exploring Our Spiritual Connection with Animals by Allen and Linda Anderson © 1999 Permission granted by PLUME, a division of PENGUIN GROUP (USA)