My mission: to spoil the crap out of this girl for the rest of her precious time on earth. Maddie has seen me through my absolute worst and loved me just the same without hesitation or resentment. How enlightened is that? Dogs have an innate gift that most people have to work so hard to achieve; non judgement and unconditional love. A 6 year old was asked why he thought dogs have such a short lifespan, his answer was profound. "People are born so they can learn how to have a good life and love everybody all the time right? Well, dogs already know how to do that so they don't have to stay as long." What a brilliant explanation. Sometimes I become overwhelmed with guilt when I think of how many days/nights I was passed out when she had an empty water bowl. Never once did she hold a grudge against me or get angry at me for neglecting her, no instead she would become so elated when I was present and showing her love and attention. She forgot my failings and focused on the present exchange of love. Only the love was real to her, everything else didn't matter. That's what you call spiritually evolved.
Life lesson #1 from guru Maddie; you can choose to dwell on the terrible things others have done to you, or you can choose to forgive and see every action as a call for love. God really knew what he was doing when he made these benevolent creatures.