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