Monday, September 8, 2008
Attitudes like our dogs
It turned out to be a nice weekend here. After Friday's threat of a tropical storm, there was only some rain and gusty winds. After that, the sun came out, the winds dropped, and the temperatures rose. It was hot, like the dog days of August are still hanging on.
Instead of being on the boat, I took the dogs to dog park on Saturday evening, for a walk on the beach on Sunday morning, watched a couple of movies on DVD, and went to a birthday party on Sunday evening. It was all good.
It's interesting to meet people on the beach and at dog park who I know through their dogs. I may not know the person's name but I know the dogs. Everyone stops to talk and admire each others dogs. And the dogs seem to recognize their friends. There's a lot of tail wagging and comraderie.
It's not hard to wish that everyone had their dog's attitude: No hidden agendas; no offense taken if another dog invades your space to sniff a butt; great enjoyment of the simple pleasures in life, like a mud puddle or the breeze on your face; no loneliness because there's always something interesting to do; and no thoughts of tomorrow, just the moment and the pure pleasure of living in it.
I think that living the life of a much loved dog is a pretty good life. It's definitely something to admire--wag a tail,get stroked, get a treat, greet friends, and take a nap. I can identify with those things.
And I don't think it's an accident that DOG spelled backwards is GOD.