I don't know about anyone else, but the winter blues having been getting me down. When my world feels off each dog shares something with me that makes it feel alright again. With Silver it playing tag or fetch with her, just watching her play is a joy. Special kisses from Zappa because Daddy's dog. With Fiona it is her laying on my feet at night for that sense of security. Blaze will plop down in front of me waiting for kisses on the forehead and Chance makes everything better by letting me snuggle and hold him when I'm feeling down. And while everyone played their part today it was my walk with Brut that settled my soul and brought peace to my little world.
We went around my favorite time, just before dusk. I hooked Brut up to pull a small log (maybe 10 pounds) because in the winter this snow dog has too much energy for me to handle. :) And we headed off. And I felt the weight of my sorrows and troubles begin to just melt away as we jogged along. I let him decide most of the path and I just followed. It will always blow my mind how deeply in sync we can be. There have been more than enough walks that we push and pull against each other, even if it is in fun, it can be exhausting. With Brut pulling he had to think about what he was doing, plus he was using different muscles and pulling weight was wearing himself out. I felt like we were in our own little world. It was so perfect. And as my depression worked itself out with each footprint and the cold put a freeze on all of the bad and worthless thoughts, I felt the rippling between us of two being one.
And it was just that simple. Just Brut and I and the perfect walk. The need to be alone in our solitude together. Understanding each other's need and the equality that this was our walk. For both of us, hidden in our fortress of the waning sky where we can just be.
What does your dog give you for that peace of mind when your world feels astray?