About eighteen months ago my family’s life was forever changed when we welcomed the gorgeous Molly into our lives. This malamute-cattle dog cross (who is never cross) has been through some tough times, including a car accident that claimed one of her back legs, but she is still a bright spark that we are fortunate to have in our lives.
More than that, Molly has taught me a lot about what balance means. Kind of ironic really…
- Wake up early and explore the new day before the world starts getting busy again.
- Go for a walk before breakfast; there is a whole world contained in your neighbourhood.
- Sometimes good things are worth waiting for. Bury the bone, and dig it up when the time is right.
- Treat everyone you meet as a potential friend: you never know who is going to be able to scratch that itch you’ve been trying to reach all day.
- When you are happy let the world know! Sharing is good! Wag that tail!
- Sometimes the only thing to do is lie outside with the sun on your belly and the wind in you hair.
- Dirt is good. Go out and dance in the rain, laugh in the storm, and make mud pies: they’ll clean your soul more than soap ever could.
- We all need a treat every now and again. Beg for it. Eat it with a giant sloppy grin on your face. Have a nap and enjoy your full tummy.
- There is little in the world that cannot be solved by a run, a big drink of water, and a well-earned nap.
- Be curious – not just the realm of cats you know. Sniff around, dig a little, keep wonder close at hand.
- One accident, can change your life, but not you. Just keep going – the world is still as beautiful, and you are stronger than you think you are.
Thank you Molly, for being a girl’s best friend. For sharing apples and pears with me, paying rapt attention to whatever soliloquies I give during the day when I am home alone, and for giving the best hugs.
Tell me, dear reader, what lessons have your furry friends taught you?