It’s not new for me to credit my dog for my sanity. As much as she drives me to bang my head against the wall, she keeps me grounded and reminds me of what is most important.
It’s to the point that no matter how stressed out I am, as long as I can get back to a place where it is just the two of us, sharing a quiet walk in the park, I know everything will be okay.
No matter how wrapped up I get in little daily woes, I try to keep that feeling with me everywhere I go. It reminds me that there is more to the human experience than hectic office activities or paying bills. Once I am outside on the trail, it doesn’t seem to matter that I made a mistake at work or that my house is a mess. When the day is over, as long as I can head out with Shiva, nothing else really counts.
To paraphrase a great disc dog champion, when it’s all over, I’d give it all up – every accolade, every medal, every promotion – for one more day in the woods with my dog.