Sometimes I think we could all learn a lot from our pets. They appreciate the little things in life that we take for granted. They are happy to see us when we get home, no matter what sort of foul mood we may be in. They enjoy taking a walk with us even if it's covering the same route we walk every day. They never find it boring, there's always something new to experience. They often eat the same food day in and day out, yet how excited they are when dinner time rolls around.
I had a wonderful uncle, my mother's younger brother who I grew up with. He was twelve years older than I and we were good friends all our lives. For the last twenty or so years of his life he battled leukemia. For the last of those years he also had lung cancer, yet when asked how he felt, he always responded "great". He never complained about how he felt although there were times when we were all terribly worried about him.
One morning he and I were drinking coffee on the porch watching the dogs play, I was complaining about something. I'm sure it was minor as I don't even remember what it was. He looked me straight in the eye and said, "Sue, every day is a good day. They're all we have, make the most of each one." I've never forgotten his words and I try to appreciate life each and every day. If he could do it suffering as he was, then I can certainly do it.
Samba enjoying life to the fullest.
What could be better in springtime than rolling in the new grass?
Remember when you were little and you would roll down a hill or jump in a pile of leaves?
When you're done you have to stand and shake as hard as you can.
Lola is taking a lesson from her mom and having a roll in the grass, too.
That must feel so good.
Here is a picture of me and my Uncle Bill when we were kids. Excuse the quality of the print, it's been around for quite a while.
Be sure to visit the doggies on Dogs On Thursday. DOT is sponsoring a special drive to donate goods, time or money to the animal charity of your choice. There will be prizes, too. Be sure and let one of us, Nat, Nichole, Chan or me know if you have made a donation so we can enter your name in the drawing.