When she has “crooked mouth” my heart always melts. Have you ever wondered about your dogs gaze??? I’m reading John Homan’s “What’s a Dog For?” In his book he cites “A 2009 study by Miho Nagasawa of Azabu University (near Tokyo) found that people’s urinary oxytocin spiked after interactions with their dogs. Interestingly, the the length of the gaze was significant- those who looked longer into the eyes of their dogs got a bigger dose.”
Everyone needs an album cover
You know the conversation you had with someone a week earlier and your still thinking about it........
In a world where there is so much hatred, where bigotry runs rampant and injustice is sadly expected. Where inequality is the norm. How lucky are we that we can seek shelter in our canine companions, understanding the value of their rapid heartbeats on feet.
Sometimes I just can’t get enough of her exuberance for life!!
Waiting for our next adventure to start.
She has forgotten Mimi and Pops are visiting... wait until she smells the bacon... he always fixes 🥓 for her!
Belle journée d’automne à l’extérieur ! Jonathan et son ti-lou!
When your joy and her joy are the same!
5am naps on my nylon bone are the best.
A nudge, a reminder that we need play.. be silly, look utterly ridiculous... just laugh and play with me.... I love her gentle reminders and her goofy ways.
Mon gendre et son petit Reef!
When she has drool hanging, that frothy mouth thing happening and I’m drenched in sweat... you know the run has been good. Now we are both ready for a shower. FYI: She has been in the lake and I do provide water for both of us on the run.
Because in all honesty Maple just can’t get enough of Counting Crows. I am so thankful for those headphones, if I have to hear “A Long December” one more time!!!!
Because of her I can look back and realize that I’m moving forward. The space of discontent, anger, resentment, remorse and the utter life draining sadness is not today. I can see it... but now it’s seen with the blur of time. It no longer lingers with the ache of pain; it now resides in the air of elation... I made it through what I thought was surely the end...all because a heartbeat with four legs showed me the way.
Recently, I was in New Orleans with Maple. She reminded me that it’s ok to trust and lean on the ones you love. There was an instance where she and I were waiting outside a shop while the boy and his girl were browsing. While waiting, two incredibly, visibly intoxicated men approached she and I. We got the usual comments... “good looking gun dog, I grew up with those”. I smiled and hoped they would just go on, because, frankly I was getting uncomfortable. One of them leaned in to pet her and she backed away. I told him “no”. He went on to try again saying “she is fine.” She leaned in to me further. I quickly threw my hand out to him in stop sign fashion. I told him “I said no, she obviously doesn’t want you to touch her.” His friend sobered up in that moment and realized this was going to escalate and tugged his friend away. Normally when we are out and people come up I simply tell them “just put your hand out and let her come to you if she wants”. She’s never reacted that way, and my heart was hurt and elevated because she had to seek shelter.. but she sought shelter in me. She leaned into me asking for help. She trusted me to aid her. She told me it’s ok to ask. I love this dog.