Sunday, March 28, 2010
I met Judy in a nearby city park where she and momma made small talk, while I tried to munch on newly sprouting Spring dandylion greens. They agreed that momma and I would meet Judy at the park every other day, where Judy and I would walk the 3.5 mile hiking trail that meanders the outside and visually more stunning area of the park. Judy took my leash, hooked up my water bottle to her belt loop and off we went to walk around the park.
When we first started walking Judy was a little quiet, concentrating on the downed tree limbs, keeping us both safe from tripping. We wandered through the old military barracks now painted a bright yellow and made it back to greet my momma for lunch in the park. After a week passed momma gave Judy a packed lunch for the two of us and off we'd go, walking the park where we would generally find ourselves down by the lighthouse where we would listen to the seals, watch the boats cruise by, and where Judy would take pictures of us as we nibbled on our lunches.
It wouldn't be right for me to share the personal things that Judy has told me, that's between the two of us. But, Judy did say that I could tell you that she has never felt so alive, so loved and so happy as when we are on our little walks together through the park. I look forward to my walks with Judy, she gives me apple pieces, makes kind eye contact when she talks to me like I am her buddy, and kisses and snuggles me when we part ways after our daily hikes. Judy is thinking about adopting a little doggy all her own, and I hope she does; and when she finds her little special pup I hope we can all take walks together, me my momma and Judy and her fuzzy one... a party of four walking through the park, sharing life together and making wonderful, meaningful connections.
With love - Mattiedog
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Saturday, March 13, 2010
Dadz time commitments where a bit different... he spent time at Habitat for Humanity and helped build some houses for people, and their pets. I mention the "their pets" part because that is how dadz selects the projects he will work on. Dadz asked if I could come on site while he worked and explained that I wouldn't get in the way and that I was a trained therapy dog and understand a lot of different hand signs for my own safety. The Habitat for Humanity staff pondered this request for a day and then told dadz that it would be fine but that I'd have to stay close to another dog, Ploppers, the dog that would soon be occupying the house with his family.
Ploppers was a little white fluffy mixed breed doggy and his hind legs were in a little trailer with bright red wheels. Ploppers dad was also in a a trailer of sorts, my dadz called it a wheelchair. Poppers dad was in a serious car accident and left with paralysis. He explained that as part of his therapy, both physical and mental, his training as an engineer allowed him to customized Ploppers little trailer so that it had rubber wheels and a stronger suspension, allowing Ploppers to run around in the grass. I sat in Ploppers dadz lap while Ploppers ran around the yard yapping at all the people building their soon to be house.
On day 3 dadz completed the ramp that both Plopperz and his dad would use to get in and out of their house; and to together dadz and Plopperz dadz hung a sign that said, "Miracles Happen in this Home!" Plopperz dadz and my dadz talked a lot during the 3 days we spent together and made plans to customize a wheelchair/bicycle for Plopperz dadz so that he and my dadz can go bicycle together through the open roads in our state. Dadz is excited because he will learn how to "engineer" a bicycle from Plopperz dadz, and he promised that while he is spending time with Plopperz dadz, riding their bicycles, that I could spend time with Plopperz and run around their gated yard and chase squirrels together.
It was a good week, meeting new people, experiencing new things, learning new skills and seeing the joy of a family living a complete, full and joyous life. Yep, it was a good week!
With love, Mattiedog
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Friday, March 5, 2010
When we go for a bicycle ride my dadz always turns around and peaks at me to make sure I'm okay. I look back at him, titling my head to let him know that I am enjoying the cool breeze. Most of the time though, when I'm being pulled around in my bicycle baby wagon, I'm not looking at dadz, I'm facing backwards, looking at the world as it whizzes by me. I'm taking in all of the colors of the trees, the cobbles of the streets, the noises coming from the houses, and the various smells lingering in the air. I'm enjoying the world, taking in all that surrounds me, enthralled by the tapestry of life.
One time momma asked dadz, "Do you think he's bored back there in his baby wagon?" "No," my dadz said, "he's living his life." Dadz was right. I find that when you relax, sit back and take in the glory of every day living, your life takes on a new meaning, and you explore your life with a new found sense of calm. There is no more worry about any preconceived outcome, no more trying to make things happen in any specific way. I'm just sitting in my bicycle baby wagon, enjoying the view from my life at that the moment. It is amazing to be an active witness to the beauty that exists in this world.
Take a moment to sit and and be thankful for the millions of miracles that occur every second of every day; and remember that you are one of those miracles. Be kind to yourself, be grateful and enjoy your view of this world.
With love, Mattiedog
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