for a Busy Pet Lover
with many of you, my daily laundry list is so long that I often have to
extend it to the next day or longer. That is life.
my many loves in life, gardening is high on my list. It provides a time
for meditation, reflection, beauty and accomplishment. However, under the
definition of gardening, mowing the grass doesn't fit in. I do it because
it looks clean, helps my gardens look better, and it provides a form of
exercise. But, I am not inspired by it.
of you know that I adopted a Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix in December. His
name is Marshal . He was 8 weeks old. From the very first day he
entered my life, he showed me that life was meant to be enjoyed to its
glory every second of every day.
moment he stepped foot outside at eight weeks, he frolicked in the grass,
chased bugs and butterflies, snacked on pieces of pinecone and lazed in the
bright sunshine. He just passed the 7 month mark and he is still as
enthralled with life as he was when I first introduced him to nature.
is this very child-like wonderment, this new beginning every day that has
inspired me to mow my grass. Because he enjoys the outdoors, I happily
get out the lawn mower, fill it with gas and with a big smile on my face - I
mow. I do it because Marshal knows that life is to be lived anew each
second. He teaches me this lesson with every movement and every breath as
he sniffs, digs and hops up into the air to catch the flying bug that is also
participating in play.
under that gardening definition, mowing has a new meaning because of my furry
companion. If we can all look at life through the eyes of a puppy- as if
one has seen everything for the first time-we will live life with a
joy-filled heart every moment of every day.
seek that joy! Take off the old-glasses of knowledge and definition- and
find inspiration in the innocent child-like ways of your loving furry
friends. Thank you Marshal, Lily, Bozworth, Chicona and
Charlie for showing me how to see with new eyes!