Wag More. Bark Less.

Purr more. Grumble less.
Relax more. Hiss less.
Chirp more. Screech less.
Snuggle more. Stress less.

Lessons learned, and available if we choose to heed them, from our furry and scaly friends.
This week, an ode to our animal companions and appreciation for what they give us.

Whether dog, cat, hamster, rabbit, piggy, bird, horse, lizard and yes, even coatimundi, they are our connection to nature, to that Big Thing that is bigger than us.
Whether in your care as your pet or as a backyard visitor, they are amazing examples of beings just… be-ing. Without our interference! What a concept! Is it even possible?!

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” (Anatole France)

Remember in weeks past, I’ve mentioned how slowing down and taking time to notice helps us make better decisions and is healthier for both mind and body? Longer, happier, peaceful life… anyone??

Our pets and other animals are good reminders and help us do these very things.
THOUGH ONLY IF, we will but take a FEW MOMENTS to notice, to listen, and then to appreciate their gifts. AND THEN feel the feelings associated with them. A few moments out of your busy day. That’s it. A few little moments.

They help us live life a little differently, better, more positively. They help us feel connected to what matters most.

I am currently pet-less as my house is being revamped and reorganized. We’ll adopt a canine fella (or 2) in the coming months. In the meantime, backyard birds, lizards and rabbits are entertaining me and giving that all important connection to the natural world.

They eat the seeds and peanuts I give them…or not.
They chirp and sing with or without my presence.
They hop and run and fly and perch and do what they do.
AND they teach me to pay attention, find joy in the simple things, and to be easy… thoughtful… and natural myself.

A friend recently lost a beloved pet. This is the only downside I know of to pet stewardship. We outlive them. They leave us behind after their lives are spent and what’s left? Yes, broken hearts most times. Even the backyard world of survival of the fittest can hurt our feelings. After our personal fogs lift, we can look up once again and feel the gifts they left us. Those invaluable, intangible, life-changing gifts. Reminders to take it easy, have fun, slow down, savor our food, and be happy.Wag more. Bark less.

Wag more. Bark less.

Choose to have a great week!

One Comment

  1. Bob Speakman says:

    Thank you.

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