Archive for February, 2012

Fleeting
February 27, 2012

Carpe diem,

an incomplete

quote,

irony

plan B or C

emotional frequency

dialing in and out

ripple effect

the gap before

expansion

stand inside the static

feel instability

manifesting solid ground

open arms

deep blue charms

soft and subtle

a pleasure to the touch

surrender the good

attachment to

misses the mark

the point

liberation

written 2011

It’s a Dog’s Life – Part 3
February 21, 2012

you and me

it took 3

days to conjure

stress endure

a name

sake

 

mustang

free spirit

gallop

unbound

 

family day

stray

fitting

you and me

adoptees

 

headstrong

3 yrs long

now

a smile

manchild

 

headbutt

gentle nut

happy dance

wood prance

nature break

tail wake

 

morning

and night

at the door

greet

excited

 

my personal yoda

lessons innate

dawn til late

perked ears

shake a paw

Welcoming cheers

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THREE YEARS AGO IT BEGAN

This is the third piece I’ve written on dogs (It’s a dogs life part one and two which I will post shortly).  Each time has been a different context. One being an observer from the outside, one influenced by experiences in landscaping and change but never ownership, until Family Day 2009.  For those of you that know me, this has been quite a change. So it’s fitting that the third comes on the third anniversary of the day I thought it would be cool to have a dog.  Not because I was looking for a friend, or to fill a void. I just thought it would be cool.   I remember growing up with a dog and it was fun. Nobody told me about the work and responsibility element of dog ownership.  Next time I think something is cool, I’ll think three times about it first  🙂

GIVING THE DOG A BONE

There was a convergence of forces working that fateful day.  I have two clients to thank for me becoming a dog owner.  One of which whom I used to walk his chocolate lab and the other, a pet owner extra-donaire (multiple cats and dogs).   Nothing like getting a phone call from the latter just as I had logged off the Animal Services Website and hearing “Guess what I just saw on the Animal Services website?”  Hmmm, let me guess, a chocolate lab which happened to be the very last listing three pages deep?  An hour after that phone call history has since been written in the name of Mustang.

TEACHING AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS

You do not have to be a dog owner to relate to this but it’s taken having a creature by my side, more than my shadow, to realize it.  There is a lot to be said about a dog’s nature and this may be somewhat of a generalization because every dog has its quirks, but I’m not talking about the universal notion that dogs are the epitome of unconditional love. There is a  purity to a dog’s nature expressed in their actions around simplicity that leaves me speechless and a bit ashamed too. We as humans are supposed to be evolved beings yet we have a notion that we need a tonne of variety in our lives and things must be super complicated to make us feel alive and worthwhile.   This dog finds such joy in just waking up in the morning that he does a happy dance every single day, rain or shine,  unlike me who is not a morning person at all. I could take him on the same walk everyday and he would never get bored. He can sniff the same bush a thousand times and he never makes a face or complains about the monotony of this routine.  Nor does he seek alternative realities to escape from the sights and sounds of nature.  Yet this human nature of ours clearly requires distraction in many forms for some special reason.

One could say I read too much into things or that I’m too deep but I’ve certainly been in accord with the maxim that life is a great teacher and that your reality is a mirror of lessons that are necessary to growth.  And no doubt this dog has made me change some of my spots.