To My Blind Dog

I am not sure whether you understand English, but I’d like to think you do.

I’d like to think that you know exactly what I’m saying to you. I’d like to think I speak fluent dog.

Heaven knows, I speak to you non-stop. Because you’re blind. Because you need me to keep talking. When I talk to you, you don’t feel so disconnected. That way you’re always part of what’s going on.

So I’ve been talking a lot since I brought you home. I say anything and everything to you, so you feel involved.

I tell you when I’m going to the bathroom. When I read a book, I read aloud. When we go for walks, I describe what I’m seeing. I talk to you about the green crabgrass, the particular shade of blue in the sky.

Yeah, I know it’s silly. You probably can’t understand me. Although sometimes I’m not sure.

Sometimes I think you actually know what I’m saying. Because there are occasions when I tell you how much I love you. And when you hear this, you sort of lean into me like you know precisely what “I love you” means.

Other times, when I tell you “It’s going to be okay,” after something frightens you, you tuck your head into my chest because I think that, on some level, you know. You know what I mean.

I can only imagine how scared you get when a loud sound occurs nearby. I can only guess at how disoriented you feel when you stumble off the curb.

I owe you an apology. I’m sorry. I don’t know how to teach a blind dog. I am learning as I go. I have so much more to learn. I’m reading books. I’m watching videos. I’m trying. I promise you, I am. But I am an inadequate trainer.

Any troublesome issues lie within me, not you. You’re doing perfectly. You have learned so much.

For starters, within two days of being at our house you memorized our entire floorplan. You mapped out the whole backyard. In 48 hours, you’d learned every step, every rise, every interior wall, every drop off, and every piece of gravel in the yard.

And yesterday you followed the command “sit” for the first time ever. I cheered for you like a schoolkid. Because you and I have been working so hard on learning to sit. It seems like such a simple trick.

But when you’re blind, nothing is simple.

I was so proud of you for placing your hindparts on the floor that I gave you half a sirloin steak.

Namely, because you work so incredibly hard. And even though your face is battered from past abuse, and although your body is pocked with scars from your former aggressor, you continue to keep trying.

Sometimes, I swear, you get depressed. Lord knows, you have the right to be despondent. All you’ve been through.

And sometimes, when you get down in the dumps, and you hole up in my office, I don’t know how to reach you. So I just sit beside you on the floor and tell you how special you are.

Because you ARE special.

I’m not just blowing smoke, Marigold. I’m not just saying this because you’re my friend. I’m saying this because I’ve known a lot of dogs in my day, and you’re un-freaking-believable.

You had your head crushed by a man who was probably about my age. A man who left for you dead. You were seen wandering highways. You were starving to death.

And yet you’ve come to trust me. I don’t know how. I don’t know why. I don’t deserve your trust.

I’ll tell you the truth, darling. If those things had happened to me, you know what I’d do? I would never trust another human being again.

I would tuck my head and run headlong into the woods and disappear forevermore. I would never ever have any contact with humankind. And if I died of starvation out there, so be it. I dang sure wouldn’t put any faith in people. Not now. Not ever.

Because mankind is the only animal capable of cruelty. He can be quick to anger and slow to exercise mercy. He can be vain and self-important. He builds monuments unto himself and then spends the rest of his wealth maintaining them.

I wouldn’t blame you if you never wanted to trust another man, woman, or child.

But somehow you do.

Somehow you’ve made your way into my life, and you trust me. And you’ve made me want to be a better man.

So when I read this letter aloud to you, even if you don’t understand the words, just lean into me when I say “I love you.” Because I never get tired of that.

113 comments

  1. Peter Grant - November 3, 2022 6:27 am

    As always Sean, you tell a story of life, love, and gaining strength. Your words mean so much. Thank you!

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  2. Lucretia Jones - November 3, 2022 8:12 am

    Sean, thank you for sharing Marigold’s wonderful character and the “love bond” that the both of you have. Your words have been encouraging for me. Thank you. Lucretia

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  3. PMc - November 3, 2022 8:17 am

    I believe her actions are completely explained very simply by spelling dog backwards, God. It’s unconditional love and I love that she has a real family now. God Bless you and Jamie 🙏❣🐕
    Peace and Love from Birmingham

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  4. pattymack43 - November 3, 2022 8:37 am

    ❤️❤️❤️

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  5. Kathryn Painter - November 3, 2022 8:38 am

    I have absolutely no words. Hugs from Connecticut. This is the best

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  6. Anissa Beard - November 3, 2022 8:53 am

    Dogs know when they are safe and lived. She is a special dog with a special owner. So glad y’all found each other.

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  7. Dede - November 3, 2022 9:17 am

    You are a gem, Sean Dietrich. And Marigold knows it.

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  8. Melanie - November 3, 2022 9:49 am

    😭

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  9. Debbie - November 3, 2022 9:51 am

    You are such a good soul.

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  10. Te - November 3, 2022 10:07 am

    Yesterday I could not comment – some glitch that would take a PhD in physics to figure out. “Cross the Bridge.” The euphemism for an animal dying. We like to think they don’t just disappear into the ether, any more than we want to believe we do. And no life form on earth ever deserved an afterlife more than dogs. They are born to love us, and tho they may learn not to trust us and to fear us humans, a fact that wrenches my heart to it’s core, dogs will continue to love no matter what. God gave humans a gift and called it “dog” so that we could learn selfless love. It’s sad evidence that we haven’t learned it yet. I’ve cried more over the death of a dog than I ever did my parents. Spent 20-plus years and every spare dollar in rescue. I’ve had as many as 30 plus dogs, and we won’t mention cats! Neutering, spaying, doctoring, feeding – until I was exhausted and worn down. I still have 9 of my own furbabies out of 18, and a sizable graveyard. So don’t doubt that you are doing enough. You were there when it mattered, so everything after that is gravy. Marigold has landed in clover.

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  11. Shirlee - November 3, 2022 10:12 am

    Touching story. That is what Jesus did for me when I was wounded and blind from sin. I still am blind, but He lovingly cares for me as I learn.

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  12. Jean Sherrill - November 3, 2022 10:26 am

    Marigold has found her forever person and her home. Just sorry that her former owner felt he had to destroy her eyesight and more. Karma….I hope works this time. I love the way you are devoted to this baby You’re a good man Sean!

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  13. Emmagene Day - November 3, 2022 10:40 am

    Dogs are simply the best!!

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  14. Jim K - November 3, 2022 10:47 am

    Your last two “DOG ARTICLES” are some of your best. I am 89 years old and have had many dogs. You have described each one of my buddies to a tee. How did you know?

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  15. Dolores - November 3, 2022 10:58 am

    I believe animals heal faster emotionally because they live shorter lives. To quote the Bonnie Raitt song, life is mighty precious when there’s less of it to waste.

    It’s futile to dwell on a past you can’t change or on a future of which you have little control. Now is all that matters. Animals teach us the secret of living in the present. Peace and joy are found there.

    The constant gentle speech and reassuring touch is far removed from what she’s endured in the past. Trust truly is a sacred gift: it heals those upon it’s bestowed.

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  16. Heidi the Canuck - November 3, 2022 11:01 am

    If Marigold could talk I think she would say, “I love you, Sean. You give me hope – a reason to live. You prove to me that not all humans are monsters. The sound of your voice is music to my floppy ears. It calms my soul, soothes my heart. Can you start reading some Jack London novels? I love that you love barbecue and especially that you’re willing to share it. And – listen carefully now – I love you from the bottom of my hound dog heart. I’m so glad God sent me to be your friend. He loves you even more than I do.”

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    • Faith - November 3, 2022 6:01 pm

      Your comment was beautiful. It made me tear up…🥺. Have a great day!!!

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  17. Sue Rhodus - November 3, 2022 11:02 am

    You have given your heart to enable Marigold to love again. Having met the two of you recently, the love bond is visible. God bless you .

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  18. Karri Misky - November 3, 2022 11:02 am

    I wish you knew how incredible “You” are. You are Marigolds whole world and you’ve made it a beautiful place.

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  19. Marcia - November 3, 2022 11:18 am

    You, Sean Dietrich, are Marigold’s savior!
    I just know she’s thinking “I love you!”

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  20. Debbie - November 3, 2022 11:19 am

    I would like to be able to express my thoughts and feelings like you do, Sean. You have been given such a beautiful gift.

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  21. WayneGina Yount - November 3, 2022 11:32 am

    (((((HUGS))))) ❤️

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  22. Diana - November 3, 2022 11:42 am

    I can feel the love between you two! ❤️ It’s a beautiful thing.

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  23. Donna - November 3, 2022 11:45 am

    I am not sure who is the most blessed you or Marigold…We your readers are truly blessed by you and of course Marigold..

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  24. klaspisa - November 3, 2022 11:45 am

    And… I never get tired of your Marigold love stories. Thank you. ♥

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  25. Debbie g - November 3, 2022 11:47 am

    God bless you and Marigold. She is so lucky to have you 💖

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  26. Cassie Oden - November 3, 2022 11:52 am

    Such a sweet sweet story. You are special too Sean for saving Marigold and sharing your love of life with us. We once adopted a neighbor’s dog named Bootsie who was blind in one eye because a another neighbor beat him with a baseball bat for being on his lawn. Yet Bootsie was still capable of loving all of us. Bootsie helped raise six kids in his first family but when the father died and the kids all grew up and moved away, did Bootsie curl up in a ball and wait to die? No sir! Our Boostie dug his way out from under his fence and found another family to love. And we loved our first dog too.

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  27. mccutchen52 - November 3, 2022 11:52 am

    There is probably a lick in the face somewhere about now. Her first name is Marigold but her second name could be patience,

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  28. Linda Lewis - November 3, 2022 12:14 pm

    I just want you to know, Sean, that I think you are a wonderful person…a good man for loving and caring for this beautiful dog. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

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  29. Lisa Perkins - November 3, 2022 12:16 pm

    You and Jamie are so wonderful for taking in this beautiful blind dog and giving her such a loving home!! My last dog went blind and then also lost his hearing, so you learn how to help them adapt to these changes. I love how you bond with your dogs! God bless you Sean!!

    Not sure if this would be helpful or not, but I know these halos for blind dogs are helpful in some situations. This is the original one, but I know there are other types out there if you Google blind dog halos. https://www.muffinshalo.com/

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  30. Alan Martin - November 3, 2022 12:26 pm

    Beautiful. So beautiful.

    Thank you for sharing. Thank you for allowing this precious dog to show you what live is and for your gift of returning it. Marigold, you are amazing.

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  31. Kim Ellington - November 3, 2022 12:30 pm

    Sounds like you are doing a wonderful job!!! God bless you!!!

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  32. Maria Marion - November 3, 2022 12:35 pm

    🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

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  33. Mary Dietrich Kauflin - November 3, 2022 12:44 pm

    Beautiful. How I felt about my blind dog, Markie. Long gone but never forgotten. He had the backyard memorized and when on walks the truck noises would frighten him. We taught him to go up and down stairs and for sure knew how to give us his love back. Blessings.

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  34. Cynthia - November 3, 2022 12:48 pm

    So touching. It’s a testament to you and to Marigold: What a ‘job” you have taken on, and what love Marigold has for you.

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  35. Jean Scott - November 3, 2022 12:54 pm

    Beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing and being the incredible person that saved Marigold!

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  36. Cm - November 3, 2022 12:57 pm

    ❤️

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  37. Peter Buckley - November 3, 2022 1:08 pm

    Sean, I love your writing. I write a column for a small weekly newspaper and one of my readers recently said I might be interested in receiving your daily piece because my columns reminded her of your writing. After reading your daily posts for the past few weeks, It is readily apparent that although we write about similar subjects (Humans, for the most part, are generally good), I can only hope that I write as well as you do some day. I don’t receive a lot of feedback on my columns, although I always crave it. I want to know if I am writing about subjects that are too personable to me and others won’t relate and will stop reading. Or maybe my subject matter is mainly my observations of the people around me and others just aren’t interested. My editor is satisfied and the few emails or person-to-person responses I receive seem to be positive. This is a lengthy way to say that perhaps you don’t often receive feedback and I thought I’d take a few minutes to tell you that you have a gift for writing and that each day I read your pieces I feel better (usually) about mankind. By the way, if I ever go blind, I would want someone like you to take care of me. My wife and I agree that there is a special kind of hell for whoever mutilated Marigold. Take care and please keep writing.

    Pete Buckley

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  39. Jen Koffman-Wager - November 3, 2022 1:12 pm

    Sean Dietrich, you are a real man among men. You GET IT!

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  40. Sallie D Snyder - November 3, 2022 1:14 pm

    How about a photo of Marigold in a column? She sounds like an amazing girl! And photo worthy! ❤️🐾🐾🐾❣️

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  41. Lynn B - November 3, 2022 1:18 pm

    You make a beautiful, wise, and loving father. Even if your babies have fur.

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  42. Patricia Gibson - November 3, 2022 1:19 pm

    I believe dogs do understand you in the ways that matter. They are very smart and Marigold is special and she is with you because you are special ❤️🧡

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  43. Carol - November 3, 2022 1:24 pm

    So glad I got to meet Marigold in Franklin, TN last weekend. She is adorable and loving, such a brave girl.

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  44. Kathy - November 3, 2022 1:27 pm

    You don’t have to know a lot about how to teach a blind dog. You speak the wonderful language of love. That matters so much.

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  45. Francina Fluker - November 3, 2022 1:28 pm

    the word for that astonishing color ofsky when it is a perfect fall day, if it were on the tube of paint an artist was using is ‘cerulean’ one of my personal favorites. please share this info with Marigold.

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  46. David - November 3, 2022 1:41 pm

    Sending much love to you and Marigold!

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  47. Joyce Bennett - November 3, 2022 1:44 pm

    You’re a great dog lover, and I so enjoy your writing each day…especially about your love for Marigold!

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  48. Anne Arthur - November 3, 2022 1:45 pm

    Please tell Marigold we all love her too. You two are a wonderful pair, a relationship made in heaven, it seems. You see each other’s golden heart and that’s why she trusts you, Sean.

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  49. John broussard - November 3, 2022 1:48 pm

    Love this Sean, my dog-brother!

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  50. Carolyn Allen - November 3, 2022 1:58 pm

    Thank you Sean, for rescuing this unbelievable dog! She deserves so much and now she is getting the love she deserves.
    I hope I get to meet her someday. From now on she will always be Marigold the Magnificent……a famous dog!!!
    Bless you and Jamie for giving her this beautiful life and a second chance!

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  51. jblackburn34 - November 3, 2022 2:02 pm

    There’s nothing closer to Heaven than the love of a good dog. You are blessed.

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  52. MermaidGr - November 3, 2022 2:04 pm

    Marigold can feel your love. Just as your readers can. You love with your words. Never wonder if you “get through”. You do and we thank you. Just as Marigold does

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  53. Chasity Davis Ritter - November 3, 2022 2:06 pm

    I shared it to my Facebook and tagged a few people and this is what I wrote about it: I hope y’all read this. It’s kinda beautiful. In a way it made me think of God and how HE is there for us and doesn’t give up on us and how life and people can beat us up and try to destroy us but He is always there. Telling us we are loved and it’s ok and He is proud of how far we’ve come and how we continue to grow and learn to trust again. This story was meant to be straight forward about his Dog but the analogy was there for me and it always reminds me to of what DOG spelled backwards is. I hope you read it and I hope like the words to amazing Grace says I once was blind but now I see…just like this baby is learning to see with his heart too and no longer through his blind eyes. Thank you Sean for loving marigold and for loving us too.

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  54. Evan Adams - November 3, 2022 2:12 pm

    If only more people could be like dogs! This was a very good. Our dogs can teach us so much.

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  55. Lynne King - November 3, 2022 2:17 pm

    Thank you for your wonderful stories. They hit me in the ❤️ every day.

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  56. Jan Hill - November 3, 2022 2:19 pm

    I have a little rescue that was abused. She loves me so deeply and I love her right back. She is a gift. I got her February 2022 after the loss of my maltipoo that I had 16 1/2 years. I was grieving so much I could not eat or sleep the Lily Belle came into my life. I was scared to love again. She was not in good shape had to have her vaccines spayed and treated for heart worms. I was holding back not letting her sleep with me I didn’t want to be unfaithful to Sophie but the vet said you go home and love her with your whole heart because Sophie sent Lily Belle to you. November 4th will be a year since my Sophie left it’s going to be a hard anniversary but Lily Belle will be in my arms all day.

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  57. Debbie Davidson - November 3, 2022 2:23 pm

    This story has brought tear to my eyes! I also have a blind dog. But her past has been far different than sweet Marigold’s. I love how you have taken her and loved her. She is a lucky dog. It is incredible the trust she must have for you after all she has been through. You are a special person, Sean! God bless you!! There is a reserved seat in Hell for Marigold’s first owner! And he deserves to be there!

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  58. John Swingle - November 3, 2022 2:28 pm

    Loved this. We adopt rescues and the love they give is amazing.

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  59. sjhl7 - November 3, 2022 2:49 pm

    Tears of joy for Marigold. She has found a loving home and people who treasure her for just who she is! Thank you, Sean, for sharing this oh so special relationship with those of us who love and care!

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  60. Sue Adams - November 3, 2022 2:50 pm

    They are amazing creatures. I love them as you do and I believe they understand us when we talk to them.

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  61. Leigh Amiot - November 3, 2022 2:54 pm

    I’d like to believe Marigold has some memory of when she had sight and you are reconnecting her to that gift, albeit in a very different way.

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  62. Shirley Terral - November 3, 2022 2:56 pm

    Marigold is a fortunate girl to have come to you. I do love these marigold stories, but my allergies act up.

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  63. Joseph Johnson - November 3, 2022 3:24 pm

    I love your Marigold stories, Sean! She is one lucky pup but I think you got the better part of the deal. Here’s hoping you both live long productive and beneficial lives together. Have a fantastic day!

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  64. Jan Luther - November 3, 2022 3:32 pm

    You are a good man, and thank the good Lord that Marigold has finally found love. We also have a blind dog, and he is also deaf. We call him our Helen Keller dog. We found him as a stray and is is 14 years old and we love him unconditionally and we know he loves us. I just can’t imagine what his world is like inside that little body, but I know he knows LOVE. And that’s the important thing. Thank you for spreading the word about taking in a dog with special needs.

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  65. Rachel Lindsey - November 3, 2022 3:34 pm

    i should know by now not to read your columns at work. First comes the tears of sadness for what happened to sweet Marigold, then the tears of joy for What is currently happening with Marigold.
    Bless her and thank you for being the one she can now trust ❤️

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  66. Linda F - November 3, 2022 3:35 pm

    I love this so much. Marigold is so blessed to have you and you are blessed to have Marigold.

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  67. B.e.Blue - November 3, 2022 3:41 pm

    Anne Sullivan and the canine Helen Keller live.

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  68. Lee Henderson - November 3, 2022 4:02 pm

    Sean, you need to post a picture of Marigold

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  69. Peggy M. Windham - November 3, 2022 4:04 pm

    Thank you for loving Marigold and for rescuing her! I know she understands you and I know she loves you!

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  70. Stacey Wallace - November 3, 2022 4:15 pm

    Sean, thank you for this sweet column; as my husband said, Marigold has more love in her than most people today. We’re so glad that God gave you to her. Love to you, Jamie, and Marigold.

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  71. Jo Terry - November 3, 2022 4:46 pm

    Oh Sean, this story was absolutely beautiful! I could actually feel your love for Marigold! I, too, rescued an unwanted animal…a five year old cat that was found on Union,SC, chewed up in either a cat fight or a dog attack. She’d had her bottom teeth pulled and surgery on her front leg. I was told she’d probably never jump again. Well…to the tip top of my cabinets she goes! She loves watching birds on tv. She wormed her way into my “no more animals” husband’s heart. Those two love each other so much! She KNOWS when we’re talking to her. I spend lots of money on canned cat food just so she can lick the gravy out. We have an animal-loving daughter who rescued all of her pets. Again, I can’t tell you how much I loved this story about Marigold! Thank you for continuing to tell her story.

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  72. Pam Patterson - November 3, 2022 5:03 pm

    Marigold might like a road trip to Tuscumbia AL to see Helen Keller’s childhood home (near Florence).

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  73. Dotty Lou - November 3, 2022 5:06 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. Made me cry.

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  74. Susan W Fitch - November 3, 2022 5:54 pm

    Dogs are God’s angels in disguise! I know that for certain! Keep writing about your adventures with Marigold- we love your stories!!! Give her a kiss from me!

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  75. Celia - November 3, 2022 5:54 pm

    Beautiful!

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  76. AlaRedClayGirl - November 3, 2022 6:51 pm

    This is special!

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  77. Linda Moon - November 3, 2022 7:11 pm

    She’ll lean. She knows. Heck, my scrawny little kitty-kat gives great big hugs! And I’ve had a few bone-crushers from you, Good Man.

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  78. Cindy Anderson - November 3, 2022 7:52 pm

    Loved this! Now I need a kleenex, sniff…

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  79. Sheri - November 3, 2022 8:02 pm

    My blind boy, Roosevelt, has been with me since he was 4 months old. On the wise advice of my older brother, my response to the inevitable, “Awww…poor boy” when people found out he was blind became, “He doesn’t know he is blind, and we don’t tell him.” Roosevelt is a kind soul, not a mean or defensive bone in his body and with few canine social skills. People skills, he is wonderful. At my AA meetings, he goes from person to person and is petted while they tell their stories. I believe that, quietly, he is helping them tell their stories. He hates rain; I would, too, if something was hitting me in the face and I didn’t understand where it was coming from. A decade of living with Roosevelt has taught me perseverance. patience, and a whole lot of unconditional love.

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  80. Bev Meyer - November 3, 2022 8:26 pm

    You and Marigold are both so wonderful!!!🥰🥰

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  81. Edward Rockensock - November 3, 2022 8:28 pm

    Dogs give us such unbelievable love. I applaud you for being a dog to Marigold.

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  82. Rebecca Soude4rs - November 3, 2022 8:31 pm

    …a remarkable dog for a remarkable man!

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  83. Susan - November 3, 2022 8:37 pm

    Awesome! Unconditional love for sure!

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  84. Gayle Wilson - November 3, 2022 8:49 pm

    Sean, dogs do understand. And Marigold probably understands better than other dogs because she has lost one of her senses (sight) so her heart is bigger to receive true love. And if what you’ve given Marigold is not true love, then it doesn’t exist in this world. God bless you for becoming Marigold’s guardian angel. The stars shine brighter for Marigold because of you.

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  85. Lav - November 3, 2022 8:56 pm

    You did it again..another OUTSTANDING piece..you are lucky to have Marigold, very lucky..she’s been through a lot it sounds like..poorsweet girl..take care of her.

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  86. Belinda Crowell - November 3, 2022 8:58 pm

    Sean, thank you for being such a good daddy to Marigold. God knew you two needed each other.

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  87. Julia - November 3, 2022 9:02 pm

    Te- Yes- I could not comment on the Beulah Land piece. A glitch? Sean, I’ve been crying all week. For reasons I will not share here.
    Ellie Mae. Oh my goodness. I think about her often. When we became friends, she was your best girl. And Marigold, I watched you both on Instagram today. Taking those steps like a champ. Oh my goodness 😭 You two were The Sunshine for me today. Thank you so, so much Sean. You are THE BEST!!! We are waiting on y’all to make your way over to Lafayette, Louisiana.

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  88. MAM - November 3, 2022 9:12 pm

    I’m so happy for you, Jamie and Marigold being together and sharing your love and trust. But you’ve said nothing about what Otis and Thelma Louse think about their new “sister.” I presume O and TL have also accepted the new member of the family! I hope they don’t feel neglected. But since they are dogs, they probably understand perfectly and just accept her as is, just as you have. Give them all a hug, including Jamie!

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  89. Gwen - November 3, 2022 9:48 pm

    ❤️❤️❤️😭😭😭

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  90. Jackie - November 3, 2022 11:50 pm

    You’re breaking my heart! You have a lot to live up to, all your readers want you to love Marigold themselves. But YOU have the privilege of doing it for them. You’re doing a great job with Marigold, we all weep for her. We’ll send donations for more steak!

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  91. Rita - November 4, 2022 12:16 am

    Go to John Gray’s FB page and check out the posts/videos of Rosie. https://www.facebook.com/JohnGrayFOX23 I’m thinking she and Marigold would be fast friends. You and John, also.

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  92. Eva Marie Everson - November 4, 2022 12:59 am

    Well. I’m just a mess now.

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  93. Cyndee - November 4, 2022 1:05 am

    This is beautiful! I bet he does understand!

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  94. Kelly Novak - November 4, 2022 2:03 am

    Marigold, all my love from Oregon! God has a very special place for you in Heaven, but He started a little early and gave you Sean! 💜

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  95. Gaye P Baker - November 4, 2022 2:46 am

    God meant for you to find Marigold….there is NOTHING that will teach a person compassion like loving an animal. Marigold is very blessed to have you in her life.

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  96. Dianne - November 4, 2022 3:06 am

    Beautiful!!

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  97. Susie - November 4, 2022 3:34 am

    I love your Marigold, too, Sean. What a lucky girl she is.

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  98. davidpbfeder - November 4, 2022 4:52 am

    Simply beautiful. Thank you, Sean.

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  99. Tammy S. - November 4, 2022 10:33 am

    Dogs, so often, are like children, they can tell the good ones from the bad ones. Marigold picked one of the best!! Praying for her as she heals inwardly. And for you, as you love her to that place. Sounds like you both are doing great!! Does she love Jamie’s biscuits? What a great treat when she learns new commands. Steak and biscuits…yum!!

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  100. Becky Moon - November 4, 2022 11:10 am

    You are like Marigold, you know? You took a kick in the stomach when your Dad killed himself. You suffered a pain beyond my imagination and managed to almost destroy yourself and let others have their chance at battering you too. But you survived to receive the love of a woman who brought you healing. You and Marigold are one of a kind. That’s why you equal one another on a level that only love can understand. God bless you both.

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  101. Tina - November 4, 2022 12:06 pm

    Sean, check out John Gray on FB. He has several special needs dogs and documents their learning almost every day. Its remarkable! Much love to you and Marigold!

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  102. Tina Stevens - November 4, 2022 12:07 pm

    Sean, Check out John Gray on FB. John is a TV anchor and author in Albany, NY who has several special needs dogs. He documents them daily through FB – a must view!
    May God richly bless you both – he already has, you found each other! 🙂

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  103. Marianne Ball - November 4, 2022 1:59 pm

    You made me cry, again, Sean. This one was touching beyond words.

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  104. M - November 4, 2022 2:33 pm

    As I read this letter to your dear companion, I find, as I do with so many of your writings, there are so many emotions whirling in me that I am unable to express them verbally. So I say, from this grey haired lady “Go Sean go”. Don’t stop sharing as we cheer you on.

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  105. Gini Longarzo - November 4, 2022 2:37 pm

    This one hit me hard!

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  106. Glenda - November 5, 2022 1:17 am

    God has graciously provided you with an almost radar ability and sensitivity to recognize and sense the depths of one ‘s heart, soul, and spirit with both honesty and empathy which might be fostered by one who greatly understands personal hurt, pain, and the vulnerability that is left behind. Your deep feelings, revered respect, and lasting love for God’s creatures surface in your writings in a way that touches the reader to the core of their being…the hurting heart… the soul’s sweetness…the spirit that reaches out to our Sovereign God. Marigold can now blossom with her new found friend who loves her with the deepest depths of human love touched by the Eternal Father’s intervention.

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  107. Donna R Taylor - November 5, 2022 10:24 am

    I believe there are no accidents. You were meant to find each other. Marigold was healed with love by you and she gives you love every day. What a blessing for you both. ❤️

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  108. Judy Riley - November 5, 2022 7:17 pm

    Marigold is one very,very lucky dog!! You are a special human being!! Just like Marigold is a special dog!!

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  109. sflouden - November 6, 2022 12:53 pm

    Wow…I love dogs myself and cannot understand cruelty from humans toward them. There is no other animal which has the unselfness like a dog. Loyal to a fault…because we do not deserve them…but they love us anyway. I love Marigold…

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  110. Paula - November 6, 2022 8:00 pm

    Sean’s kindness brought me to my knees. My disgust at human cruelty remains beyond understanding or redemption for those committing such atrocities.

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  111. Wanda Wilson - November 8, 2022 7:22 am

    You are a God send to this precious dog. Thank you.

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  112. Sarah Tinsley - November 11, 2022 11:15 pm

    Having a battered pup learn to love and trust you is a beautiful ‘God-thing.’ Those of us who read of the adventures of you and Marigold are blessed to tag along. Thank you for sharing the love!

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