Posted by: roughwighting | June 15, 2012

Sharing the Divine

I can communicate with animals.

Just last night, I stared straight into my golden retriever’s eyes and said silently, “Henry, do you really like that plain yogurt I give you every night with your dinner?”

He stared back liquid pools of brown love and answered, “Anything you give me is full of love, and how can love not taste divine?”

I sat back in my chair, stunned.

I wasn’t surprised that I’d heard Henry’s words as clearly as a train whistle, or a fog horn, or a hummingbird’s wings. His words have rung loudly other times, although I admit the phenomenon is rare.

Most times I feel his answer; if you’ve never communicated with an animal, you don’t know what I mean. But some dog or cat lovers are nodding their heads. We humans usually don’t like to admit that there’s a language bond between species, probably because humans own the ridiculous assumption that we’re superior to every other being.

No, I wasn’t shocked because he answered me, but instead taken aback by his words.


Food and love, giving and receiving, cooking and eating, all are part of the Divine. With a capital D.

I raced to the kitchen, where earlier I’d placed half a dozen Meyer lemons from a friend’s garden. Henry watched me, knowingly, a little drool appearing on the side of his black, eating, love, communicating with dogs, food

I started measuring sugar, cracking eggs, pouring flour into a bowl, turning the mixer at full speed, then allowing the dog to lick the beaters as his special treat.

Lemon bars. Cooling now on the rack, ready to share with others.

Sharing the Divine.lemon bars, food, sharing, love

1/2 c butter

1/4 c powdered sugar

pinch of salt

1c flour

Mix all together with until creamed.  Spread in greased 8×8 Pan and bake at 350# for 15 – 20 min.


2 beaten eggs

1 c sugar

2 Tbl lemon juice and grated rind of 1 lemon.  Pour over hot dough, bake 20 min more.  When cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar.



  1. Sweet!

  2. “Anything you give me is full of love, and how can love not taste divine?”

    A good reminder for relationships of any kind. Thanks.

    • A little lemony sour at times, but the sweetness always shines through in good relationships. Thank YOU for stopping by!

  3. Beautiful! That is so wonderful that you were inspired by all the Divinity to bake! Lucky Henry :)

    • He says ‘thank you’ in many ways!

      Your web site looks terrific, by the way…

  4. The lemon bars are Divine also – Please remind Henry I love him

  5. Absolutely, they speak to us. Gene and I know that even our deaf dog “heard” us speak our love. We talked to him as if he heard us and I’d get inwardly annoyed when people would say, “uh, Mel, he can’t hear you.” Foolish people.

    • Foolish indeed! Spoken words rarely needed when we’re with our intuitive, caring animals…

  6. Hello there, your beautiful golden retriever looks sooo sweet! It’s a wonderful connection we have with our pets. The lemon bar looks devine, yummy ;-)

    • And the story about Faith, in your blog, is simply DIVINE!

  7. What a deep lesson here on Friday night. Seems like it should be Sunday. But then the Divine heeds no time or rather lives on in eternity. Thanks for sharing. :)

    • Exactly – dogs are so great at giving us life lessons – if we only just listen!

  8. A lovely story, Pam. Yes, our pets do communicate with us in Divine ways. And some not so (d)ivine. My sweet, well-mannered, and Divinely soft-furred kitty, Cheetah, lays gifts at my feet, looks up into my eyes with a proud and loving smile saying, “Here, this is for you. I’m sharing my bounty with the woman I love.” These tasty treats of mice and snakes and moles that I know he truly feels are divine don’t quite fit into my idea of divine—these half eaten creatures scare the heck out of me. I don’t mean to hurt Cheettah’s feelings when I jump three feet and shoo him out, with an expletive or two. He apparently forgives my inability to share his joy and my lack of understanding of his choices of the divine, because he continues to give and give and give some more (“Hmm. Maybe this fare will eventually grow on her.”)! Pass the lemon bars, please.

    • I’m laughing while I’m reading about Cheetah and his idea of the Divine. Of course, he was named “Cheetah,” so who could blame him? But you’ve made a great point – that the divine with a “D” means different things to different beings!

  9. What a sweet story! I swear my dog communicates with me. It’s so funny because my parents will stare him baffled and ask what does he want? It’s always clear to me what he was trying to communicate. :-)

    • That’s because dogs communicate easiest to those who love them the most. :+0

  10. Amazing! I’m pretty sure my dog communicates with me too. And, inevitably, those conversations involve food. ;)

  11. I do believe aeverything in nature is connected! Bette

    • Absolutely! Thanks for dropping by Bette!

  12. Henry is very lucky to have you as an owner!

    • And we are SO lucky to have him in our lives. He may not make lemon bars, but he certainly helps us appreciate them even more.

  13. Such a great feeling, that unconditional love. My BLab is my partner in crime..he does all, sees all, hears all, and reacts to everything. Would be lost without him. He’s even my sous chef when I grill. A better friend would be hard to find. Thanks for sharing your Henry…what a doll.

    • Well, you’re absolutely right. Our pets are the best sous chef we can (not) buy! And yes, our animal best friends are the bestest of friends…

  14. I know my cat communicates with me. He tells me where the food is and where his bowl is and where the fish are. He tells me it wasn’t him and that he loves me. He tells me that my lap is the most comfortable in the world.

  15. Hey! wait! where’s the recipe? You can’t put pictures of yummy cakes and make me drool without giving me the opportunity to recreate.

    • Finally added the Lemon Bar recipe at button of “Sharing the Divine” post. Try them out!

  16. I know I keep waiting for Lynne’s April, the Yorkie, to speak to me with those shiny raison eyes of hers beaming at me: “I love you, Auntie Sue!” I keep prompting her, but she just rolls over for me to rub her little belly!!

  17. Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back!

    • I loved sharing my campsite with you – you made it even better when you left – I could feel/see your essence in each ‘like.’ Thank you so much – I appreciate the encouragement!

  18. Hello there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok. I’m undoubtedly
    enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

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