8.16.12 The Bond & The Balance

16 Aug

My dogs and I are very close.  Sometimes I think they actually grow out of my side.  They are always with me when I am home, whether in my office, the kitchen, or the bedroom; shucks, they are even in the bathroom with me.  If I get up to get a cup of coffee, Sofie is right behind me unless I tell her to ‘stay.’  We move as a pack.  On the days that I put the dogs in daycare, like today, the first thing that happens is a child wakes up and says, ‘Where are my puppies?’ Then, around mid-day, I start to feel like something is missing: I don’t get my 1-mile walk when they are not home;  I don’t go up and down the stairs a million times to let them outside (my StairMaster exercise); and, I don’t go outside to play.  How silly is that?  Part of having the dogs for me is to help me stay in balance.  I am not very good about that.  Working in the virtual world, I sit in front of this computer for hour after hour and sometimes forget to get up, to stretch, to take a break.  My dogs help me remember to do that.  They also make me a better human.  They teach me tolerance and acceptance.  They make me a better teacher and their existence has made me into a student of animal nature.  I have less freedom because of their daily demands, but that is OK.  They keep me grounded.  They keep me, well…. human.  I can not imagine my life without them.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo <3


Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Dogs


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19 responses to “8.16.12 The Bond & The Balance

  1. barb19

    August 16, 2012 at 01:22

    My dog keeps me balanced too, and I cannot imagine life without her; she is my constant companion, just like yours are.

    • dogdaz

      August 16, 2012 at 06:40

      They are so sweet, aren’t they?

  2. jmgoyder

    August 16, 2012 at 03:34

    I know exactly what you are saying here – beautiful!

  3. Genevieve Petrillo

    August 16, 2012 at 05:30

    Cupcake makes perfect balance here, too. Diagnosed with RA at age 17, there are MANY days that I do not feel like walking. But because of her, we’re out there hoofing it around the neighborhood or the park and feeling better and stronger because of it. No better medicine.

    • dogdaz

      August 16, 2012 at 06:42

      I absolutely understand. I have had Lupus for 18 years. I really don’t want to move my body most days, but, you have to, for them. :-)

  4. Doggy's Style

    August 16, 2012 at 07:45

    that’s all very true, for me Doggy it’s my therapy dog.

  5. tinykitchenstories

    August 16, 2012 at 09:38

    Wonderful post!

    • dogdaz

      August 16, 2012 at 09:45

      Thank you for letting me know you liked it

      • tinykitchenstories

        August 16, 2012 at 12:20

        I completely understood how you feel. Love my four-leggeds! Miss her when I’m at work, and I’m now hoping I can work at home more so that my Kayla can bring me that balance. :)

  6. Bassas Blog

    August 16, 2012 at 12:03

    This was a very lovely post.

    • dogdaz

      August 16, 2012 at 15:56

      Thanks Bassa. I know you and Tall Person have a very special bond too.

  7. Jodi Stone

    August 16, 2012 at 12:12

    I feel the same way about my dogs!

    • dogdaz

      August 16, 2012 at 15:56

      It is obvious that you do. Thanks

  8. Misty Shores Chesapeakes

    August 21, 2012 at 18:40

    Well said and I could not agree more :)

    • dogdaz

      August 21, 2012 at 19:35

      Thanks Misty. Greatly appreciate the feedback.

  9. Jessica

    August 30, 2012 at 19:47

    When Hopper passed away, there was a horrible feeling that I just was not myself. I had a hard time articulating it verbally. But what you said makes so much sense. Even though I was only Hopper’s mommy for 6 months, I felt imbalanced.

    • dogdaz

      August 30, 2012 at 21:00

      I find that they are a piece of me and when they are gone, or even when I am traveling, it is not the same. That imbalance is ‘true bond,’ <3


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