The name of this whole blog could be “Every day is a gift.” I forget sometimes. Days like today remind me.
At seventeen years, Ivory is old by any standard. By the standards of sixty pound dogs he is ancient. He moves slower than the rest of my pack. You’ll see a lump on his left shoulder in some of these images. Walking is difficult for him. So he normally stays home when the rest of us go for our twice-weekly river hikes. But I was fortunate to have some free time this morning. Ivory and I left the other dogs home and enjoyed Pony Pasture by ourselves.
I posted a picture or two on facebook. A friend looked at one and mentioned that Ivory looked tired. He did, and he was. But – as I pointed out – he is also tired at home. We’ve been together his whole life. Ivory and I seem to feel the same way about many things. To the best of my ability, when I’m mindful, when I’m at my most human, I think like he does. If I had the choice between being tired at home or being tired at the river on a fine May morning, there would be no choice. So there we were, Pony Pasture on a fine May morning. What an indescribable gift.
In the parking lot we met our friend Happy the Clown and his beagle. Ivory’s first visit of the morning:
We made our way to the river. It’s coming down from 11 feet. It was still over 8’ this morning. Which made for a very muddy river and river bank. As soon as we got to the water we met a person kind enough to take our picture – his name was Jay also! So, the first person we met this morning was named Happy. The second was Jay. Off to a great start:
What Ivory was looking for was a little time in the water. There was no shortage:
He and I always have a special connection with the river. On our difficult days – we have plenty – the river waits for us. It’s patient when we’re not patient with ourselves. That, obviously, is a difference between Ivory and me. Ivory is always patient with himself and with everyone he encounters. He is patience made flesh. Me, not so much. I’m patient with others – Ivory has taught me that much. As you can see, the river perks Ivory right up:
Have a great day and we look forward to seeing you soon,
Jay and Ivory