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The Journey

"When you bring a dog into your life, you begin a journey. A journey that will bring you more love and devotion than you have ever known, yet will also test your strength and courage. If you allow, the journey will teach you many things, about life, about yourself, and most of all, about love. You will come away changed forever, for one soul cannot touch another without forever leaving its mark.
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Along the way, you will learn much about savoring life's simple pleasures -- jumping in leaves, snoozing in the sun, the joys of puddles, and even the satisfaction of a good scratch behind the ears. If you spend much time outside, you will be taught how to truly experience every element, for no rock, leaf, or log will go unexamined, no rustling bush will be overlooked, and even the very air will be inhaled, pondered, and noted as being full of valuable information.
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Your pace may be slower, except when heading home to the food dish, but you will become a better naturalist, having been taught by an expert in the field. Too many times we hike on automatic pilot, our goal being to complete the trail rather than enjoy the journey. We miss the details: the colorful mushrooms on the rotting log, the honeycomb in the old maple snag, the hawk feather caught on a twig.
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Once we walk as a dog does, we discover a whole new world. We stop; we browse the landscape, we kick over leaves, peek in tree holes, look up, down, all around. And we learn what any dog knows: that nature has created a marvelously complex world that is full of surprises, that each cycle of the seasons bring ever changing wonders, that each day has an essence all its own.
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Even from indoors, you will find yourself more attuned to the world around you. You will find yourself watching: summer insects collecting on a screen; how bizarre they are; how many kinds there are; or noting the flick and flash of fireflies through the dark. You will stop to observe the swirling dance of windblown leaves, or sniff the air after a rain. It does not matter that there is no objective in this; the point is in the doing, in not letting life's most important details slip by. You will find yourself doing silly things that your dog-less friends might not understand: spending thirty minutes in the grocery aisle looking for the exact brand of food your companion must have, buying dog birthday treats, or just driving around the block an extra time because your dog enjoys the ride.
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You will roll in the snow, wrestle with chewie toys, bounce tennis balls till your eyes cross, and even run around the house trailing your bathrobe tie with a puppy in hot pursuit, all in the name of love. Your house will become muddier and hairier. You will wear less dark clothing and buy more lint rollers. You may find dog biscuits in your pocket or purse, and feel the need to explain that old socks adorn your living room floor because your dog loves an impromptu game of tug. You will learn the true measure of love--the steadfast, undying kind that says, "It doesn't matter where we are or what we do, or how life treats us as long as we are together."
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Respect this always. It is the most precious gift any living soul can give another. You will not find it often among the human race. And you will learn humility. The look in my dog's eyes often made me feel ashamed--such joy and love at my presence! She saw not some flawed human who could be cross and stubborn, moody or rude, but only her wonderful companion. Or maybe she saw those things and dismissed them as mere human foibles, not worth considering, and so chose to love me anyway.
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If you pay attention and learn well, when the journey is done, you will be not just a better person, but the person your dog always knew you to be--the one they were proud to call beloved friend.
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I must caution you that this journey is not without pain. Like all paths of true love, the pain is part of loving. For as surely as the sun sets, one day your dear companion will follow a trail you cannot yet go down. And you will have to find the strength and love to let them go.
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A dog's time on earth is far too short, especially for those of us that love them. We borrow them, really, just for a while; and during these brief years they are generous enough to give us all their love, every inch of their spirit and heart, until one day there is nothing left. The dog that only yesterday was a puppy is all too soon old and frail and sleeping in the sun. The young pup of boundless energy now wakes up stiff and lame, the muzzle gone to gray.
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Deep down we somehow always knew that this journey would end. We knew that if we gave our hearts they would be broken. But give them we must, for it is all they ask in return. When the time comes, and the road curves ahead to a place we cannot see, we give one final gift and let them run on ahead, young and whole once more.

"God speed, good friend," we say, "until our journey comes full circle and our paths will cross again."
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This is really nice. A wonderful reminder to enjoy life.

I just went on a three mile journey with my boy. We enjoyed all the simple things. The wind, the weeds, grass, several leaves blowing by that were good for a chase, the birds. It was most peaceful and when I left for our journey I was in a mood...but upon arriving home there was a 360 turn around. Just from spending that time with my boy.

Live your life like a Lab...enjoy every moment to its fullest.
 
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cinderbaylabs said:
Live your life like a Lab...
Just leave out the butt sniffin' ;D

Chocolata -- I hadn't read this before either! What a great sentiment. I emailed it to my kids .... ya know guilt them in to walking the dog more often.
 

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Just leave out the butt sniffin' ;D

Chocolata -- I hadn't read this before either! What a great sentiment. I emailed it to my kids .... ya know guilt them in to walking the dog more often.
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I hope it will work!!
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Thankyou for sharing that with us. That is what makes our dogs different from our kids. In most cases our kids will out live us, so we never have to take that journey. I have had 3 dogs and have made that journey 3 times now, and it gets harder each time. The two dogs I have now could possibly out live me, as I am starting to get up there in age.
 

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Very well said, and oh so true....... thanks for sharing.

Melissa
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I have had 3 dogs and have made that journey 3 times now, and it gets harder each time.
This is my first journey and I cannot imagine that one day it will end. :-[
 

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It WAS beautiful. TY for sending it along. When we bought Dakota we made a promise to raise him the right way..and love him to death, which we do..we absolutely adore him, because we are getting up there too and he will probably be our last dog. Kelly is 14, we feel we probably won't have her much longer..she's pretty darn healthy..but still......! We may....get one more pup if Kelly doesn't stay with us much longer..if we're lucky enough to have her for a few more years..then probably not..maybe a rescue Lab then..our energy level may not be high enough to housebreak/train another puppy by that time.
We've had to go down that road many times in our life..some dogs got sick..and had to be put to sleep, some just got old and sick..and had to be put to sleep..IT NEVER gets easier..I could cry now..thinking of Kelly AND someday Dakota..going on that journey..it hurts....
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Very beautiful. I am going to pass it along in hopes that my friends will take more time with their pets as well.
 
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