Following Intuition

February 9, 2012

It’s been a long time since I wrote an entry in this blog. Since the last time, my good, good friend Nell has crossed over. Mary and I have been moving through our grief and loss of this exquisite spirit being present in our lives in such a profound way.

We knew when Nell left us in September that at some point in the future, we would bring another dog home with us. And, I in particular needed every one of the days that have ensued to get to a point where it did not seem disrespectful to Nell to welcome another canine into our home. As my friend Tom recently pointed out, Nell would want us to be happy, and if that means a new hound, then okay, bring it on!

We’ve been looking online at kennels for a month or more, and had our eye on two in particular that seemed to have breeding programs that appealed to us. Last week, we decided to drive to Penn Yan to visit one of those kennels, just “to look”. Well, you can guess what happened. We saw the pups, the parents and the other dogs and ended up putting a deposit on a male yellow lab. We never “intended” to leave there with a commitment to a dog, but we followed our hearts and got our result! Mom and Dad dogs really just caught our attention, and we decided that we needed to have a pup from that particular litter.

Put our deposit down, pulled out the driveway, and Mary asked me: what do you think we should name him? Honestly, it was as though a voice was speaking in my head: Trip. Now, I’ve been working real hard on listening to the voice of Spirit, following intuition, or gut, or heart, or whatever you want to call it. Usually, it’s not so obvious, but this time, it came through loud and clear.

We go to pick up Trip in 13 days. I keep catching myself projecting way out, comparing Trip and Nell, and when I do, I have to fall back on some of the wisdom I’ve accumulated over the years. It’s never fair to anyone when I compare, especially not fair to me. It puts unnecessary and imposing expectations on people/dogs, and it also removes a lot of the opportunity to live in the moment.

I have no doubt that Trip will turn out to be exactly what we are supposed to have in our lives at this point in time. I’m not so sure that Pete (the cat) will feel the same way!
All my relations, Steve

3 Responses to Following Intuition

  1. Barbara Konish on February 11, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    This post bring tears to my eyes and swelling of love to my heart. Welcome little “Trip” . Betting you will fit your name :) …. For Nell : your family is embracing love as they do so naturally. Peace <3

  2. Laura Jean Castelluzzo on February 12, 2012 at 3:18 am

    It’s nice to have some extra time on my hands to read your blogs… I know what you mean about comparing… That lesson still comes up for me from time to time.
    I look forward to meeting, Trip. I’m happy for you all to be together, and I bet your friend was right about Nell wanting you to be happy.
    Laura Jean

  3. Millie Fonda on February 12, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    This really spoke to me as I start a new relationship. John, the love of my life, has been gone for going on seven years and Freddie our cat for three. Are humans meant to rattle alone on the fringes without heart to heart connection? Because I am no longer committed to stay in one place it seemed unfair to get another cat.
    Has spirit delivered a companion to fill that void? At 74, I am still willing to be open.

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