Who needs minks or pearls?
Hoodies work, their warmth’s a perk.
I’m a lucky girl.
Why do humans sweat the small stuff?
I was having a winter melt down this week when my frost bitten garage door wouldn’t budge, and I needed to get to work.
It really wasn’t a big deal, but for a couple of minutes it sure seemed like it.
Once I calmed down some, I realized I didn’t have to call in ‘sick.’ I just needed to phone in ‘stuck’ for a while with a big old piece of frozen wood.
Perhaps our dogs are smarter.
Like my handsome man Rex here who amused himself grooming his spiked mohawk while I donned my dirty dog haired covered jacket for a trip to the vet this morning.
Winter hasn’t exactly been a cake walk for him either.
Rex has slipped on the ice more than I have.
And my tenacious terrier Tuck decided to pierce Rex’s left ear one dark and stormy night over a fallen people cracker.
Even though a tiny earring would look pretty cool with Rex’s renegade mohawk, the vet and I nixed the idea as his ears are paper thin.
Anyway boys will be boys, and these boys will be forever more dining alone in their crates.
After passing his annual medical exam with flying colors of dog treats and high fives, Rex and I left for a little nerf ball/football in a nearby park.
As I opened my trunk to grab his toy, I saw it was empty.
It seemed I’d dropped the ball the weekend before when we were in a different dog park.
I felt bad for my tiny quarterback as we continued back home.
But it seems Rex is more resilient than me.
He bounded right out of his car seat and jumped on down. Then he started nudging our favorite decaying pumpkin by the back door towards the yard with his nose.
We’ve been using that orange frozen door stop on our most blustery days to keep the back screen door silent.
Though one day we did try to use it for snow bowling with mixed results.
I started wondering was Rex thinking of maybe trying a game of soccer?
Even though it is Super Bowl weekend I do know football on TV does make him sleepy.
Or maybe it’s all the commercials.
Anyway, I kicked the pumpkin back towards him for a while after his little nose would nudge it over to me.
And then I think I caught Rex smile.
Oh, what a game we had!
And what a sport is he.
And to think…we didn’t even sweat.
It’s dark and misty gray outside my window, with a November sky beyond.
Except it’s only September.
As I struggle to open my eyes, I find I’m unable to see the clock due to this heavy drape of morning gloom.
I’m guessing it’s somewhere between 3am and 9am as Maddie, as my lame senior corgi, continues to converse with me through gentle, muffled barks from the kitchen.
My other two pups continue to sleep and snore, until they hear me open the squeaky gate to the kitchen where Maddie looks up to greet me with a smile.
She’s comfortably centered on her dog bed anticipating a visit to the backyard
and her first bite of today’s kibble.
Terrier Tuck, and Rex, my renegade chihuahua, slowly trot their way in to join us.
I turn on the light and discover it’s 6:30. It’s time for all of us to get a move on, and for me to get ready for work.
After a spin around the yard, we return to the kitchen where I watch Maddie devour her morning meal with gusto. Tuck and Rex soon follow her lead.
I note what a happy girl is Maddie, be her hopping around the grass with her remaining two good legs or enjoying that breakfast.
It’s as if Maddie has a message for us all: “Savor each gift, and every moment.”
Maddie then licks her mouth after the last bite and returns to the middle of her checkered dog bed for a nap and a snoring session.
I smile with admiration as I look down at her, thinking how she keeps us all centered.
And how she brings such light every day to our lives.
Though simple gifts, what special ones both truly are.
I’m blaming it on the full moon.
At 2:30 this morning, I awoke to brillant moonbeams streaming through my bedroom window.
I’ve found that even if I wiggle just one toe at night, each of my pups will follow suit with the vigorous shake of a paw or two, and the perfect downward dog yoga pose.
But I was reluctant to take my canine crew outside so early.
I’ve been working hard to get them back on schedule ever since a recent farm visit where they were up crooning even earlier than the chickens.
“Hey guys, this early morning energy is nothing to crow about,” I’d barked at them just the night before.
So I decided I’d move to a small black couch in my dark living room for a little more shut eye. Terrier Tuck and chi mix Rex jumped up to join me, squeezing in by my two big feet.
Soon we were snoring away once again.
At least the dogs were.
That is until my sleepy senior Maddie, started some corgi complaining from the kitchen.
She’d eyed the three of us from her dog bed and looked to be lonesome.
Knowing there was no room on the couch for my lovely lame lady, I did what most loving dog owners would do.
I moved again down to the cool tiles of the kitchen floor right next to Maddie, scratching her belly until she fell back to sleep with a big smile on her face.
I slept as well.
And I’m pretty sure I was smiling just as wide.