I took a walk on the beach today, and decided to take a new friend along with me. We just met, and we became instant pals. She does not walk like the other dogs I have walked, she is not in a hurry, she does not pull on the leash, or get distracted by too many sights and sounds. She is just happy to be outside. We walked to the edge of the ocean, and I could tell she wanted to sit down and take it all in. I felt tell this was the first time she had ever seen the ocean, as her nose remained up the air breathing it all in. She let me put her arm around her, and every minute or so would give me a kiss of appreciation.
I thought I was doing her a favor by bringing her here, but when I returned home, I realized it was her doing me the favor. We all have scars we carry through life, but Lola is actually wearing them all over her. But none of whatever has happened to her in this life mattered on this day at the beach.
She sat and looked out at the waves, and then back at me, and back to the birds, being in the present moment more than most humans I have ever met. She was happy to breathe in the salt air, and let me be with her in absolute silence at the miracle that life brings us every day. There was no past to dwell on , and no future to worry about. It was now, and it was wonderful.
Tomorrow is another day, and you better believe we are going back to the beach, as Lola still has more to teach me.
If you have never had a dog and would ever be considering one to care for and learn from, look no further than this one. Every day I will get to spend with her is a gift, and I will take whatever I can get.