I am Thankful for…

I have been focusing on recreating a new life and way of being, and part of the Reset is to slow down, see the moment, pay attention to the beauty and greatness each moment brings.

A couple of weeks ago, after autumn had made her presence with rainy, windy days and cool damp nights, there was a brief return to the dog days of summer. On that day, I took Alice and Wil to a private beach on Camano Island near where we were living in our RV. This day was special for so many reasons:

Hitting the "reset button"

Our awesome real estate agent gifted Alice, Wil and me a glorious day on the private beach on Camano Island.

For so many years I found myself so “up-to-my-ears” in duties, responsibilities, and commitments that I lost the precious time I had with my horses and dogs. I changed my life—sold my ranch, downsized my belongings, parked my horses at a training barn in Tonasket while the dogs and I set off to find a new home where life could calm down and we could find Time again.

And so the day on the beach gave us the opportunity to hit the Reset Button.

Wil looks for "Chief" among driftwood

Wil searches for “Chief” among the great driftwood

On that day we walked on the stones just below the grand old trees and other beached debris. We had no plans and no destination.

Wil did not understand our mission. In the 3.5 years I’ve had him, we had never had a day like this—not even an hour. Alice, who grew up with this rhythm, fell into step naturally.

Great day for Wil

Alice grew up on Puget Sound, but this was all new for Wil. His senses nearly exploded!

Wil chased seagulls. He stared into the water, fascinated by the rocks that at one moment were exposed and in the next, cloaked by the waves. He was frustrated by the footing in the water—where rocks were not all the same size and he stopped to try to figure out what was tripping him as he waded along the shore. I spent some time teaching him the word “rock” and trying to explain “big” and “small” rocks.

Alice follows me up the beach

Nearly blind and deaf, Alice still has her nose! As we walked into the wind, she did fine. On the way back I snapped on her leash so she could relax as we picked our way down the beach

Alice walked close to me, in part because that’s who she is, but compounded by her insecurity as she loses her sight and her hearing. When Wil got too far ahead, we ducked behind a fallen 100 year-old tree—now living the life of beached driftwood. Alice and I squated quietly behind the truck or roots of the great old trees as we waited for Wil to realize we had vanished. Two years ago, he would not have noticed. A year ago he would have noticed, but would not have had a clue what to do about it. For him, these “hide and go seek” moments were impossible to solve—like knowing that the people you love were beamed into Space by the Starship Enterprise. Why bother to look? It was hopeless. But that day he grew another synapse in his brain and somehow discovered that we were still on Earth and therefore he could succeed in finding us.

And he did find us, over and over again. And pretty soon, his range shortened, and he began to look over his shoulder more frequently.

Year 3.5 together: Wil has finally caught on to the game of Hide & Go Seek!

Hide and Go Seek is a great game to teach dogs to pay attention to where their humans are!

When we were nearly back to our car, I stopped and sat on the beach. The sun was warm, the sky blue, and the water clear and salty. The oceans—Pacific and Atlantic smell differently. The Pacific smells of seaweed—sea lettuce and kelp. I now cannot recall the smell of the Atlantic. I thought about this as I sat with my back against an old snag in sand I’d combed the rocks out of.

Wil did not know what to do. He did not know how to handle this stillness. He paced. He whined. He walked toward the car, then to the water where he watched the waves and tripped over rocks. He returned and circled Alice and me. And after a half hour of this frantic pacing, he collapsed. And he too enjoyed what may have been for him the first time in his life when he had a day where he could just be a dog.

Wil has learned to be a dog

Looking for Chief!

The perfect day

The perfect day

The tide came up while we sat on the beach where I built little stone patios

The tide came up while we sat on the beach where I built little stone patios

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am thankful that Alice has lived a long and productive life and could help teach Wil what it means to be a human’s partner and best friend. And I am thankful that Wil has figured out how to connect the dots Alice and I have placed for him.

38 thoughts on “I am Thankful for…

  1. this

    I just want to say I am just beginner to blogs and absolutely savored you’re blog site. Very likely I’m going to bookmark your blog . You surely have excellent stories. Thanks a bunch for sharing your website page.

  2. Mel Terranova

    HowdyHi thereHiHey thereHelloHey would you mind letting me know which webhosthosting companyweb host you’re utilizingworking withusing? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely differentdifferent internet browsersweb browsersbrowsers and I must say this blog loads a lot quickerfaster then most. Can you suggestrecommend a good internet hostingweb hostinghosting provider at a honestreasonablefair price? Thanks a lotKudosCheersThank youMany thanksThanks, I appreciate it!

  3. Brenton Kaemmerer

    Awesome write-up. I am a normal visitor of your website and appreciate you taking the time to maintain the nice site. I will be a frequent visitor for a really long time.

  4. Yvonne Demerson

    An interesting discussion is worth comment. I do believe that you really should write read more about this topic, it will not be considered a taboo subject but typically every person is too few to communicate in on such topics. To an additional. Cheers

  5. Health and Fitness

    Thanks for some other wonderful article. Where else may anyone get that type of info in such an ideal way of writing? I’ve a presentation subsequent week, and I’m at the search for such info.

  6. Arica Masudi

    Hiya! I know this is kinda off topic but I’d figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest authoring a blog article or vice-versa? My website goes over a lot of the same subjects as yours and I feel we could greatly benefit from each other. If you happen to be interested feel free to shoot me an email. I look forward to hearing from you! Fantastic blog by the way!

  7. Health and Fitness

    I’m not sure where you are getting your info, but good topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more. Thanks for excellent info I was looking for this info for my mission.

  8. Mathilde Mahan

    I like the helpful info you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly. I am quite sure I will learn lots of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

  9. Fashion

    I like what you guys are up too. Such intelligent work and reporting! Keep up the excellent works guys I have incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it’ll improve the value of my site :).

  10. Health and Fitness

    You actually make it seem so easy together with your presentation but I in finding this topic to be really one thing that I feel I would by no means understand. It seems too complex and very vast for me. I’m having a look forward to your next put up, I¡¦ll attempt to get the dangle of it!

  11. News

    My wife and i ended up being very peaceful that Peter managed to conclude his inquiry via the ideas he had out of the site. It is now and again perplexing to simply happen to be giving away information that many a number of people may have been selling. Therefore we figure out we need the website owner to thank for that. Those explanations you have made, the simple website menu, the friendships your site give support to engender – it’s mostly wonderful, and it is facilitating our son in addition to our family imagine that that issue is brilliant, and that is exceptionally indispensable. Thank you for the whole lot!

  12. Home Improvement

    You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be actually something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  13. Online Profesional Writing

    I was just searching for this information for a while. After 6 hours of continuous Googleing, finally I got it in your web site. I wonder what’s the lack of Google strategy that do not rank this type of informative sites in top of the list. Generally the top websites are full of garbage.

  14. Computing Businesses

    I would like to thnkx for the efforts you’ve put in writing this blog. I’m hoping the same high-grade site post from you in the upcoming also. Actually your creative writing skills has inspired me to get my own site now. Really the blogging is spreading its wings fast. Your write up is a good example of it.

  15. Health and Fitness

    you’re in point of fact a just right webmaster. The site loading pace is incredible. It seems that you’re doing any distinctive trick. Furthermore, The contents are masterpiece. you have performed a magnificent activity in this matter!

  16. Health and Fitness

    Wonderful paintings! This is the type of info that are meant to be shared across the web. Shame on the seek engines for no longer positioning this publish higher! Come on over and visit my site . Thanks =)

  17. News

    Great write-up, I am regular visitor of one’s blog, maintain up the nice operate, and It’s going to be a regular visitor for a long time.

  18. Health and Fitness

    I am not sure where you are getting your information, but good topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more. Thanks for fantastic information I was looking for this info for my mission.

  19. News

    Hiya very cool website!! Man .. Excellent .. Superb .. I will bookmark your web site and take the feeds also…I am glad to find so many useful information right here within the put up, we want develop more techniques on this regard, thank you for sharing.

  20. Margit Mundie

    GreatExcellentWonderfulGoodVery good articlepost! We will beWe are linking to thisto this particularly great articlepostcontent on our siteour website. Keep up the goodthe great writing.

  21. Pets

    We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your web site offered us with valuable info to work on. You have done an impressive job and our whole community will be thankful to you.

  22. business news article

    Thanks for sharing excellent informations. Your site is very cool. I’m impressed by the details that you have on this site. It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for more articles. You, my friend, ROCK! I found simply the info I already searched everywhere and simply couldn’t come across. What a perfect website.

  23. definition of business

    I do consider all of the ideas you’ve offered in your post. They are really convincing and can certainly work. Nonetheless, the posts are very short for starters. Could you please extend them a little from next time? Thanks for the post.

  24. 1950s fashion

    I needed to write you this very little observation to give thanks the moment again with your exceptional guidelines you’ve discussed at this time. It’s generous of people like you giving unreservedly exactly what many of us might have marketed for an e-book to help with making some profit for themselves, primarily seeing that you might have tried it if you wanted. Those pointers also worked to be a great way to fully grasp that most people have similar keenness like mine to find out a great deal more on the subject of this condition. I am sure there are a lot more fun occasions ahead for many who scan through your website.

  25. News

    It’s actually a nice and useful piece of information. I’m happy that you shared this useful information with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.