Category Archives: A Mindful Life with Dogs

Reflections on how dogs actually remind us to live mindfully

Practice Makes Something Other Than Perfect

Sometimes I know better, but I fail to do better. I’m probably not alone. Whiskey highlights this. I swear she wants to bring out the worst in me. This morning, she lit into me while I talked on the phone. … Continue reading

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The Power Of Choice

Lately Rico has been meandering even more on our walks. So much so, hopeful buzzards keep an eye on us.   Yesterday something hit me that probably explained his slowing speed; I forgot Rico’s birthday last month. Ok, not that, … Continue reading

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Overanalyzing Bit Me In The @**

Pinched between teeth A pink welt on white skin OW! scares us both So it turns out Whiskey can be a shithead. She cozies up when I’m eating like she expects to be baby-birded. Her stubborn streak is … … … Continue reading

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(Not) Knowing What We Need

Sometimes I think I have it figured out. Not life’s big mysteries, of course, but at least the simpler stuff. Like the “should or shouldn’t we get a new dog” type of stuff. I didn’t want another after Roxy passed … Continue reading

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Stop, See, Breathe, Repeat

  Early morning walk My dog wants only to be still Breathing the dew Can you believe I actually wrote that? I’ve been dabbling in poetry and feel especially drawn to haiku. There’s something about its simplicity. By not commentating, … Continue reading

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Remembreing To Play Every Day

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When The River Divides

Rico, Roxy, and I have rediscovered our rhythm, merrily rowing along the river of life. There have been no new medical crises since Roxy’s cancer diagnosis. Roxy still shows no ill effects from her ongoing chemotherapy. Now, however, we’re coming … Continue reading

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Learning To See Again

  Something about the way the morning sun lit up the lake and the Canadian geese around it arrested my attention. Thankfully. Because something about the way the ground smelled arrested Rico and Roxy and I couldn’t get them moving … Continue reading

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Stop and Smell the Flowers

I recently came across this gem from poet Mary Oliver. I think it’s a beautiful reminder to watch animals – especially our dogs, our bridges to nature – to learn how to enjoy life agenda-free using mindfulness. I hope you … Continue reading

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Grateful that Thanksgiving has Gone to the Dogs

I really can’t wrap my brain around this new “open on Thanksgiving” trend in retail. Even if they assume enough consumers hate their families enough to shop rather than spend time eating a meal with them, do they really think … Continue reading

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