by | Feb 10, 2024 | Ground Work | 8 comments

I’m gazing out the window, watching the clouds trying to snow. The tiniest of snowflakes are twisting and swirling, so light that they’re “falling” up, down, and sideways. There certainly won’t be any cross-country skiing today, and it might not even accumulate enough to leave footprints when I go for a hike. Still, a snowy day makes me miss my furry ones even more than I do on not-snowy days. Their unbridled joy at romping in the snow made me let go of everything but the pure joy of those moments.

Come to think of it, their unbridled joy at taking a walk or getting a treat or playing tug with a favorite toy or cuddling on the couch, helped me connect to the joys in life that are right in front of me every day.

I miss the unconditional love I saw in their eyes when they gazed at me, and how I could love them back more than I thought possible.

As writer, Milan Kundera said, “Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring—it was peace.”

Here’s to all the heavenly moments spent in the company of beloved dogs.

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  1. D. J. Green

    As it turns out, I just may be able to x-country ski this afternoon…

  2. Evey Jones

    Yes to it all and it’s even more of a snowy day up here at my house. I am tucked in with a nice fire and a good book!

  3. Scott Burns

    I love our furry friends! I have had many dogs over the years and now have a cat, DC short for Dam Cat. I totally agree with you about our furry friends!

  4. Carol

    Beautifully written. I can relate and feel your sadness. Sending hugs.

  5. Sara Eisenberg

    It s so good to see their sweet faces again!

  6. Kate Miller

    Those pictures say it all Deb and your words are richly interwoven into their exhuberance.

    Love it.

  7. Bunny

    How sweet… made me realize how much I miss our old walking trail, and the dogs who went with us.

  8. Liz

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos and your expressions of unconditional love. They make me feel full of unconditional joy!!


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