The Trail

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I love talking about my dogs. It does my soul good to let my feelings run wild.

First of all I want to thank my wife for her part in this Husky adventure. She walked all three dogs at the same time tonight because I had one of those days from hell at work. I’ve walked them like that, and I have nothing but respect for her. It is not an easy task by any means.

It’s a team effort, I can’t do it all by myself unless I retired. As much as I’d like to be, someone has to buy the endless amounts of rawhide chews, harnesses, and the other million things I want to give my dogs. I put my dogs first just like you would your own children. I mean after all they are my children, maybe not in the technical sense but I feel that way about them.

I took on the challenge of the Husky, and I’m forever grateful for them. I’m not a preacher but I suppose I sound that way. It’s because I believe so strongly that I can’t help but expound their virtues. I didn’t buy a Husky, throw him in the back yard and watch TV. They are part of me, part of my family, and they have taught me so much. Maybe you’re dogs can teach you just as much if you take the time to try to understand them like I have.

The animal world has much to teach us dumb humans if we only take the time to observe them. They have simple needs compared to the rest of us. But we bitch… just about everything we can think of. I’m just as guilty of that as you. But I’m changing for the better, I’m learning to think about others before myself. I owe that to my furry friends.

If you are lucky you have this moment in your life where things become clear, and epiphany if you will. A moment in time when it suddenly dawns on you…”I get it!” I’m not an educated man, well actually I am, but college doesn’t mean you know anything that really matters.

College taught me how to write papers, to fit into a job, to be a cog in the machine. No matter what your station in life is, you will struggle at some point. Even the rich have problems, there is no easy path for anyone. There is no reason to be jealous of anyone, they have problems just like you. Be thankful for the good things you do have. Don’t let hate burn you up, it’s not worth it.

My dogs have taught me so much more than college ever did. Like the things that really matter, love, acceptance, and peace that the world will be what it is. There is nothing any of us can do to change what we are more than a little bit, no matter how much we would like to. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to change the stars we were born under, you can improve your situation to some degree. But I believe our lives will be what they were meant to be, no matter how many lottery tickets we buy.

Live each minute like it was your last.

So today’s picture is of Cooper, content after eating a mouse. He helped me rid my garage of the vermin and I appreciate his efforts to help our family. I appreciate him for what he is, the good and the bad, because just like the rest of us he is not perfect by any means. But he means more to me than, “Just a dog.” He is family, just like Nikki and Sammie, and our three cats are.

Find your trail and run it.

TJ

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