Sunrise, Sunset, the Moon, the Stars and My Dog


2013-01-20 15.05.19My breath is visible and a cloud of steam rises from Tetley’s pee as he lifts his leg over a pile of leaves. I look up at the brilliant blue sky promising a beautiful day. I follow the flight of a little bird as it bounces through a shrub with golden leaves – the last foliage left in the wood. Yesterday’s wind cleared most of the leaves and now I shuffle through them as I follow my sweet old Cairn Terrier down the street. He pulls me forward then stops, lingering a long time to smell a suspect rock. So I stand and look around, listen, fill my lungs with fresh air – my initial grumpiness about getting forced out into the world earlier than I wanted fading. Like most of us, although I’d love to, I rarely get to loll about in bed past 6 AM and it’s now just after 8 on a Sunday – a little later than our usual circling of the neighborhood.

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Multiple times a day, Tetley leads me to moments of meditation. He gets me OUT. Even when I’m cranky or the weather sucks. And so I see the sunrise, the sunset, the moon and stars, the passing flock of geese honking through the sky, rabbits, and once even a coyote. He gets me closer to the subtle change in the season, I speak with my neighbors rather than just waving at them from my car. I watch the light, hear the bird songs. We sometimes go to the beach in a neighboring town where he can climb on the jetty in search of rodents and I watch the tides, hear the waves, smell the salt air. He greets strange dogs and I talk to their owners.

Tet color profile

Tetley¬†makes me move when I’m inclined to hide at home, not leave the couch. And once outside, there is no purpose but to be there with him and see the world around us.

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5 Responses to Sunrise, Sunset, the Moon, the Stars and My Dog

  1. Avatar Lea Sylvestro says:

    Lovely…a poem as much as a piece..and I love the photo of dear Tetley! XO

  2. I love this post and I relate so much to it. My daily walks with my dog Leo are an exercise in slowing down and just………….being. Thank you for your poetic ode to this lovely slice of daily life.

  3. Avatar elissa says:

    This post made my day. Makes me want to get a dog.

  4. Avatar tsmcgovern says:

    Lovely. Thank you.

  5. Avatar LaVagabonde says:

    Such a kind, wise creature. I want to hug him. What would we do without our animal friends?

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