A Dog Gets you Out!
How many times have I heard the statement - “a dog gets you out”? Many times for sure
but when I think about it I have to agree - a dog DOES get me out. Walking with Dolly -
even in not so good weather - is a total joy and a gift to me. Dolly came to me from an
elderly lady who couldn’t look after her any more. She had just turned four and suddenly
a whole new big world opened up for her - and me. In the seven months since my
previous dog, Honey, had died I realised that I really didn’t get out walking as much as I
had when she had been around. Now just a few days before lockdown, here was this little
gift just bursting to get out there and have adventures. And that’s exactly what we did.
For the first time in many years I heard the dawn chorus as we stood in the early morning
garden while Dolly got used to her new routine. Then we walked in the morning through
meadows and paths I had never been on before and I discovered wonderful flowers and
plants that I had never noticed before. We watched the dragon flies hovering over the
reed beds and the heron standing still like a statue on the river. We picked pussy willows
from a fallen willow tree which still grace a jar in my kitchen. We ran our hands (or paws!)
over the mosses we found and we foraged for wild garlic from where we both emerged
smelling like someone’s dinner.
We explored the woods and adopted a tree watching it move from spring into summer
spreading its leaves which sheltered us from the rain on more than one occasion and
we delighted in its acorns scattering on the ground around us. When we got tired we lay
on the grass and felt the ground underneath us, breathing in the scents of Mother Earth
as we watched the clouds moving and taking shape in the blue skies above us.
Dolly greeted anyone we met - human or dog - with the same delight that she has for
everything and never for one minute did she think they wouldn’t like her! She ran like a
little wild thing through the rain and mud and nothing could stop her. She ran for the sheer
joy of running and being out with me. She still does. When we leave the house in the
morning we know that there will be another adventure and something new to see in this
big world of hers. At a time when we were struggling with Covid lockdown and all the
Dolly “got me out” and helped me to rediscover the wonders of nature all around me at that
moment in time. That was such an essential part of my well being then and still is now. I
once asked her “How did I find you Cavapoo?” She replied “You didn’t find me - I found you!”
I’m thankful she did!