It’s the simple things in life that make our sweet hound Electra happiest…a little food in her bowl, a warm place to sleep, some people to snuggle with, and a scent to track.
We could learn a lot from dogs.
Electra may not be the fastest dog around, or the most obedient, or the most coordinated. But if there’s one thing she has, it’s an abundance of ambition. She has lofty dreams, this sweet hound of ours. She dreams of a world with an endless supply of kibble and cookies, a world where the squirrels are slow and the rabbits slower, a world where it’s not rude or frowned upon to stick her nose right in the middle of everyone’s business for one good sniff.
And, in the perfect world, there would certainly be no fences between her and whatever scent happens to catch her attention.
Some new neighbors recently moved into the house on the other side of the fence. After doing some initial remodeling indoors, they have moved onto the yard and cleared away several trees, piling a big pile of fallen leaves and branches and debris near the fence.
Something in the pile caught Electra’s attention today.
As much as I love my dog, I have to be honest…for all her ambition, she has about as much chance of actually digging out of the yard as I have of one day winning an Olympic gold medal for the 100-yard dash. It took Electra a half-hour just to clear away enough soil to actually stick her snout beneath the fence. After that, she was prefectly content to just give a few big (and very loud) sniffs, and she was satisfied.
And with that, she was onto her next adventure.
Tonight’s 365 Project entry is dedicated to my dear sweet dog and her big dog dreams. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?