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From the Metro newspaper, March 2008 ,Toronto, Canada.

One-and-a-half-year old chihuahua Conan prays with his owner and chief priest Joei Yoshikuni at the Shuri-Kannondo temple in Okinawa, Japan. Yoshikuni said Conan generally goes through his prayer routine without prompting before his morning and evening meals.


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What a lovely image! I have no doubts that animals perceive very strongly the presence of higher energy levels and they certainly also have an instinct of imitating their owners/companions.
I love the thought that there can be a true communion between animals and humans, I experience this too with my cat. Our pets are more psychic than ourselves I am sure.

Enjoyed this post, dear Inda, thank you.

Margherita Smile
Thank you for sharing this information.
What a lovely topic. Doggy
The doggie is wonderful. Doggy

I found some more information about this topic Doggy

At a Zen Buddhist temple in southern Japan, even the dog prays.

How about that: More weird stories from around the world
Mimicking his master, priest Joei Yoshikuni, a 1 1/2-year-old black-and-white Chihuahua named Conan joins in the daily prayers at Naha's Shuri Kannondo temple, sitting up on his hind legs and putting his front paws together before the altar.

Conan has proved very popular with tourists
It took him only a few days to learn the motions, and now he is the talk of the town.

"Word has spread, and we are getting a lot more tourists," Mr Yoshikuni said Monday.

With Conan's help the temple now draws 30 per cent more visitors than before.

Yoshikuni said Conan generally goes through his prayer routine at the temple in the capital of Japan's southern Okinawa prefecture (state) without prompting before his morning and evening meals.

"I think he saw me doing it all the time and got the idea to do it, too," Yoshikuni said.

The priest is now trying to teach him how to meditate.

Well, sort of. "Basically, I am just trying to get him to sit still while I meditate," he explained. "It's not like we can make him cross his legs."
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Thank you kindly Margherita.

Your images are absolutely wonderful.
I am truly enjoying them.

Thank you Inda for starting this amazing thread.


Sitting peacefully doing nothing Spring comes and the grass grows all by itself.


Praying for spring to come, so we can go outside and play.


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