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Karin Greenberg

Karin Greenberg
Long Island, New York, USA
April 12
freelance writer and full-time mom


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OCTOBER 7, 2011 11:02AM

A Dog's Atonement

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It is written that on Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, we cannot be forgiven for our sins unless we physically apologize to those whom we have wronged.  We are also urged, on this holy day, to forgive those who have hurt us.  

Having more daily contact with my dog than with people, I decided to include her in my yearly ritual of forgiveness.   "Mango," I said to her this morning,  "I forgive you for all the bad things you have done to me."  With one tilt of her head, she answered: 

"I forgive you.  And. . . 

I am sorry for taking half empty water bottles, chewing off the top, and  emptying them out onto beds and couches.

  I am sorry for jumping on the kids' friends when they run around the backyard, and for sometimes humping them.

  I am sorry for finding the green stuffed frog hidden in the closet and ripping out its eyes and all the stuffing.

I am sorry for vomiting on the wool rug in the living room a week after you had it professionally cleaned from my diarreah attack.

I am sorry for slinking out of my collar on the flag football field and tackling that boy. 

I am sorry for getting tapeworm last spring, and for giving it to you guys.

I am sorry for my bad breath.

I am sorry for snatching bagels and slices of pizza out of your hands.

I am sorry for barking so loudly everytime a squirrel, rabbit, delivery person, or gardener comes near the house.

And most of all, I am so, so sorry for eating Annie's gold hoop earring (yup--that's where it went)."


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I think this is one of the sweetest "forgiveness" stories I've ever read.
Asking for forgiveness is not easy. Mango did a really good job.
Happy New Year to you and your family, Karin. ~r
This is wonderful. I could add so many more from my dog.

I'm sorry that I ate your favorite black clogs. They were really nice.

I'm sorry for eating poop in the back yard and throwing it up on the rug. That was uncalled-for.

I'm sorry for the trail of eviscerated stuffed animals. I know it made your Tadpole cry.

I'm sorry for eating a hole in the rug on the stairs. I was bored.

I'm sorry for throwing up in the car. But I hate the car! Don't make me go in it again.
This is so charming! I love it. She's darling, too. Who couldn't forgive a dog with a face like that?
Love it. Very Gogolian.
Our dog friends have a lot in common with human beings. Most of us don't poop on the carpet, but we do make an awful lot of silly mistakes throughout the year. Its too bad we find it so difficult to apologize for those lapses in behavior. The world might be a better place if we could just look beyond ourselves.
Ah, the joys of owning a pet! I can't imagine what my cat would confess...

Happy Yom Kippur to you, your family, and to Mango of course! May your names all be sealed in the Book of Life for the coming year, and may the coming year be full of joy, health, and happiness. And hopefully no more tapeworms...ewww..... :-)