I think its important during our hectic daily lives that we should always take some time out for our pets. We should give them a chance to explore nature, and the great outdoors, to give them some type of release of all their pent up energy as well.
No matter what size of dog we have, it’s good to let them explore and smell the world. It is also a healthy walk for us if we simply take the time. Good quality exercise and a time out from life never hurt anyone.
My dog, Gracie, always gets excited when she sees me grab the keys and or her leash. She heads to the door, and sits down patiently, all the while wagging her tail with the look of excitement. If only she could talk, I could imagine she’s telling me, “hurry up now, I’m waiting!”
I have been fortunate enough to find Gracie the perfect spot not far from town to let Gracie run free. It is during these moments when I watch Gracie take off in a full blown run, that I sense her smile. If only dogs could laugh and yell out loud, I’m sure she would.
Gracie being a retriever, has learned well, and is totally devoted to go after what ever you throw and bring it back to you. Her favorite though, is when you throw sticks into the water. Always anxious to please, she will in no doubt swim with all her might, and come out gracefully. Her paws are webbed just for such the occasion. Chasing grasshoppers has also become a delight as well.
Gracie is doing better these days since the time she swallowed a pair of my socks. She has managed to regain her weight and then some. Although her stomach will never be the same as it was prior to the event, she still wants everything, including paper. I hope someday this will change, but being a dog, perhaps its only wishful thinking, as I found her just yesterday sneaking into the office, and tearing into crumpled up paper. 🙁
Gracie still remains one of the biggest blessings in my life, and I only wish I could take her with me everywhere. As work continues to be done on our remodels I have to leave her behind. As I tell her goodbye, and head out to the job, my heart fills with compassion as she chases me down the fence line of her pen that we have built so she can be outdoors. As I fade away down the street I wonder how long she waits and looks forward to our next walk.
My Dog Gracie
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