365/6 PHOTO CHALLENGE –TOPIC OF THE WEEK — Photo #20 Remembering Beauty. Whisper Memorial.My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. Anonymous
ABOUT THE PICTURE: We lived in a second floor apartment in the Bronx before moving to Colorado. Before that we lived in a rented house with a back yard. The Bronx restricted Whisper’s freedom, because it was dangerous for her to be outside without a leash. David, a true believer in dogs should be free. tried to take her daily to either Saxon Woods–a park in Westchester County or to Van Courtland Park, three blocks away from our apartment. Neither allowed dogs off leash, but that never stopped David from freeing her in the wilder areas of both parks.
The move to Colorado meant greater freedom for her as the above picture shows. Many of Colorado’s parks and green spaces rules require you to leash your dog, but some like the one above are free and even have swimming holes for dogs. In keeping with David’s belief, Whisper was only on leash in Colorado when cars were a problem or a park ranger loomed ahead.
Whisper loved to swim and sometimes just to laze in water. She was happy with the freedom she found here to wonder and roam. As the picture shows she is happily following David who was talking politics with another other dog walker. Talking politics cranks me up, so I was lazing behind with my camera.
See the two dogs facing off. No owners were paying them any mind and they sorted things out themselves. Most fighting among dogs is to show dominance and set limits; most do so without drawing blood providing humans don’t interfere. Leashed dogs when facing off, get agitated by the leash holder’s anxiety and that is when blood is most likely to be drawn.
Whisper looked mean, but she was a wimp and had no trouble giving dominance to another dog. Truth be told, she preferred humans to romping with other dogs and even then she was a bit picky. We were lucky to have her undivided love.
I agree dogs should be as free as possible as long cars don’t present a danger and the dogs have not been encouraged to fight and bite. Here is another quote, this one by Nycole Vallarelli, “Animals have teeth,and claws. They can hurt us, can’t they? But they don’t.” A quote that is more true than false. More than far too many people, dogs are not interested in drawing blood. Even those of us not wanting to draw real blood, often want to draw emotional blood. Dogs want to know the rules, know the boundaries, and to live as free as possible. Would we were as wise.
In searching for quotes also found these attributed to Abraham Lincoln, my favorite President:
Better to give your path to a dog than be bitten by him in contesting for the right.
How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.
I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.
STAYING STRONG TIP Think Lincoln’s quotes will do.
PRACTICE KINDNESS I want to thank those of you who have supported me this week. Part of grieving is remembering, that is why we have funerals or memorial services. I now can write about whisper without sorrow, but not with hard weeping. You have made me stronger by being there.
Image by me: Don’t want to be a tiresome Cranky Old Lady, and just focus on myself. Do email your ideas about Peace and Peaceable. Feel free to describe what the picture means to you. Email the picture to me as jig peg attachment at [email protected]. You can include your comment in the body of the email.
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