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Christmas Lessons From My Dog

Merry Christmas!

And FYI this is a repost from Christmas day 2021. 




Those who have – or had – dogs are more apt to relate to “Christmas lessons from my dog,” than non-dog owners.

But, hopefully, even non-pet owners will profit from what pet owners already know.

Allow me to share with you this brief (Christmas) story.


My Dog


Our dog, Lukas, was 19-years-old in September.

He was totally blind in his left eye and partially blind in his right.

He didn’t hear well (sometimes not at all).  And he suffered from arthritis in both of his hips and right shoulder which limited his ability to walk or climb.

However, he still enjoyed going on walks twice a day.



And like most old pets he slept a lot.



Not only was he a great companion, he was one of my screeners for blogs, emails, newsletter articles, etc.



Let me explain.

Writing can often be a lonely profession.


And without feedback, it’s hard to discern whether someone likes or dislikes what you publish.

Before publishing an email/blog I normally read it out loud.

If it doesn’t “sound” right then it gets edited.


This is where Lukas came in handy.

I’d say to him:  “Lukas, tell me what you think about this story.”

I’d read it out loud and invariably – if he actually heard me – he’d perk up and give me “The Look.”

Pet owners know what I mean.


“The Look” is when your pet turns their head to the side, adjusts their ears, and gives you that smiling look as if they are saying, “Are we going to eat again?”




A Christmas Lesson




The point is, regardless of how crazy the world is becoming – especially during a season when we should rejoice and be thankful – dogs don’t react like humans.

They’re not worried about politics, finances, or especially some stupid narrative about how we’re all going to die if we don’t take the “Clotshot.”

Instead, they’re simply happy they have someone they love unconditionally.


And who is also going to feed them…LOL!


The Christmas lesson here is, unconditional love was bestowed on mankind over 2,000 years ago.

And regardless of your religious beliefs, you can benefit from God’s unconditional love for you…regardless of the season.

So, from the entire staff of Financial$Matter we wish you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS.



We’re Not Just About Finance

But we use finance to give you hope.




P.S.  Dog is God spelled backwards.




RIP Lukas 10/19/21









Invest with confidence.
James Vincent
The Reverend of Finance
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