An Ode to Walking, Conversations, and Dogs

Autumn Ground Leaves
I’m often far too lazy to use the car. I know. That doesn’t even make sense, right? Yet it’s true. It always just seems easier to throw a bag on my back and walk. I don’t have to deal with parking, bike locks, peak-hour traffic… it’s all smooth stepping.

A walking commute allows me to really see things. Even bicycling by at twelve miles per hour is far too fast to really observe. While walking, I can see a gorgeous leaf and stop to admire it. I can pull out my journal and sketch a cool trellis idea, or note a really gorgeous flower – not to mention smell said flower. I often walk with my camera in my pocket for emergency Kodak moments.

When I walk, I also meet some amazing people. I’ve stopped to speak to folk and had amazing conversations. Today is one of those amazing conversation days. On my way down the hill, I saw a gorgeous Husky sniffing the bushes across the street. I noticed her human was talking to someone in a car on the corner so I stopped to make sure the dog didn’t try to cross the street into traffic. I’m not sure what I was going to do about it if she had walked into traffic, yet there I was. When the woman noticed her dog had wandered, she caught up to her and we had a wonderful conversation that ended in a hug and some tears.

Morgana in Lindsey's Gypsy Scarf

Morgana in Lindsey's Gypsy Scarf

The dog’s name is Koda and she’s sixteen. She’s suffering from kidney failure and is on a morphine patch for pain. Koda’s human, Maura (I hope I spelled this correctly), is really upset because Koda is in almost constant pain and she needs to allow Koda to rest. We spent about 10 minutes talking and sharing stories of our two perfect 16-year-old puppies (Morgana is 16, too), crying and hugging.

I don’t want to think about this for either of my girls. It’s the stuff of nightmares for me. My beautiful Morgana is curled up next to me on a cushion as I type this and my heart swells almost to bursting with my love for her. There’s really nothing like the unconditional love between a human and a pet. Now, I’m going to publish this and go play with my puppies. Life’s short and I have a lot of balls to toss with these girls.

Breathe deeply,
Laugh with abandon,
Love wholly,
Eat well.

MiLady Carol
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1 comment to An Ode to Walking, Conversations, and Dogs

  • Marilyn

    Glad I wasn’t there. I would have just started crying too. In fact this blog post made me want to cry. Poor Koda! I feel so sad for her and her human.