Lately I haven’t felt very motivated to write. I have some things going on in my life that are using up a lot of my energy and leaving me feeling a little unmotivated and uninspired. Some days are better than others, and I’ll get a burst of energy and excitement for a new blog post idea or Luna does something cute and I’m eager to share it on the blog, but most days as of late I just can’t bring myself to write anything down when I get out my laptop.
My usual daily routine and structure that I once craved is now feeling heavy and monotonous and even the idea of my daily long walks with Luna that I’m normally dying to get to every day (gotta get that 10,000 steps) leave me feeling annoyed. Maybe this is because I’m struggling to find comfort in the things I once found, well, comforting. They are now just a reminder of things in my life that were at one point able to give me solace and joy, but just aren’t right now.
That brings me to the point of this post. Yes, I am writing to get some thoughts down, but I hope that even if 1 person reads this post, they are able to take something positive away from it. So far in my 25 years of life I have yet to be around any dog that hasn’t been happy go lucky. Probably every dog (that I know personally) focuses only on the most important things in their lives; pleasing their master, eating, sleeping and just finding JOY.
I actually have a friend who is fostering a little black lab that was hit by a car and ended up needing multiple surgeries on her leg(s) to fix the injuries from the accident that didn’t heal properly. So in addition to multiple trips to the vet for surgery, she has had to adjust to life sharing a temporary home with 3 other dogs, yet still is the happiest dog. Her little tail wags the minute my friend or her husband walk in the room and it makes my heart so full. If I broke a bone I wouldn’t be smiling (or wagging my tail) I can promise you that.
I hate to make the most obvious of connections here, but it’s too true not to: Dogs are the best example of finding joy in the littlest of things. We can learn SO MUCH FROM DOGS. I am trying my hardest to be more like Luna in that regard. To live in the moment and find happiness in everything, no matter how small or insignificant. She may have gotten yelled at for jumping on the couch without permission or was sent to her crate for barking at people through the window, but the minute I give her some pets? She is happy as a little puppy clam. I saw this Buzzfeed compilation of dog pics, aiming to show all the cute and adorable things dogs do, and ultimately why we as humans do not deserve them.
I instantly feel happy when I see Luna’s derpy little smile each time we are on a walk and she finds yet another tennis ball to add to her ever growing collection.
I can’t help but smile when she wants to be a Velcro dog and be right next to me on the couch even though she will just fall asleep in a minute or two.
And even though the toys I trip on every morning before I turn the lights on drive me nuts, my heart is pretty full when I see her playing and enjoying her life.
I haven’t ever had a therapy dog or a service dog as I’ve been blessed to not have to, but I can understand just how significant they may be for those who do need them for emotional support. There is something to be said about dogs being able to sense your anxiety and stresses and just knowing innately that their owner/mama isn’t feeling her best. I believe Luna knows I need extra love (and patience) during these times. And I’m so grateful for that.
Sometimes you just don’t want to talk about the things that are hurting or weighing heavy on your heart. Sometimes you just wanna cuddle the shit out of your pup and count your blessings and focus on the things in your current situation that are bringing you joy. So if you’re debating adopting a dog for the companionship but scared to do it because of the commitment and hard times, just do it. Dogs fix everything. Trust me.