Less Wordy Wednesday – Breathe

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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49 thoughts on “Less Wordy Wednesday – Breathe

  1. Oh my, I totally know this feeling. No matter how horrible things get, I can guarantee as soon as I’m with my boy Titan, all troubles go away. What a beautiful post.

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  2. Amen to that, my friend!! Just having my 3 girls keeps me grounded in what really matters in this life.

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  3. Beautiful! It reminded me of a line from a Janis Joplin song….I’d trade all of my tomorrows for one single yesterday…..

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  4. Damn it, Kristine! That last line made me teary… and I’m in PUBLIC! On a side note, I’m really glad you’re back blogging. It was a long month not reading about you and Shiva. I hope that all is well and I look forward to reading more. πŸ™‚

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  5. Aw, that made me tear up – the thought of not being able to enjoy a walk with my sweet girl . . .I just can’t even think about it. Right now we are just trying to enjoy every single day with her. Beautiful post Kristine!!

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  6. Very nice photos, and very well said. Nothing clears my head like getting outside on a walk with one of the dogs. This must be why you see the cartoons and such with dogs as therapists!

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  7. You completely echo everything I feel. No matter how bad a day I have at work, and there have been way too many lately, a walk in the woods with my dogs allows me to breathe and let it all go. It’s nice to know I am not the only one.

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  8. it is a lovely forest too!!! our bush is all rocky and spikey and full of poisonous creatures, but we still love it πŸ˜‰

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  9. So true Kristine! Everything just melts away with a walk in the woods with your dog! So many times this has helped me and I always make sure to take a deep breath when doing so!

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  10. Gorgeous! We love a walk in the woods. So much bonding to be done and nature to enjoy. Plus there’s always that outside chance of a rabbit to test Koly’s recall and my sprint ;0) (Fact: neither are very good when there’s a rabbit involved.)

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  11. That’s an awesome place for a walk. Looks like doggy and human heaven! Yes, nothing like a walk with the dogs to clear the cobwebs away and put things in perspective. Frankie and Beryl keep me sane too.

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  12. You summed up the dog experience perfectly, whether it be walking with them, playing with them, or training with them – they really teach us to “be in the moment.” πŸ™‚

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  13. I love that quote. And I think of it especially when it comes to Brooks’ passing. But in a kind of positive tweak…I can bear the loss because I had all those wonderful days spent together with my dog.

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  14. Those are great pictures. Doesn’t it just take you back to what’s TRULY important here and now to go walking with a dog πŸ™‚ I know when I look back on my life I may have some regrets but none of them relate to animals. They bring us to a very special place.

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  15. What a wonderful place to take a little break. I couldn’t agree with you more, at the end of a stressful day the best therapy is a carefree walk with your dog.

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  16. Where ever you guys are, whatever you are going through, I hope you are finding your feet.

    Miss you and wish you well.

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  17. Hi Kristine, Just wanted to check that you are all ok, as you’ve not been blogging. I would have emailed but the end of your email address is obscured by things on the right of your blog.

    Hope to see you blogging again soon.

    Take care.

    Sue & Polly

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