“Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift. It is not the least reason why we should honor as well as love the dog of our own life, and the dog down the street, and all the dogs not yet born. What would the world be like without music or rivers or the green and tender grass? What would this world be like without dogs?” ~Mary Oliver, Dog Song
People may call me crazy for taking so many photos of my dog, but I don’t care. There is something about capturing Roo mid-air that brings me so much joy. Not to mention the delight I get in exploring all the places we run together both in our own backyard and afar.
Roo loves the rain and launches into puddles. He loves the snow and leaps for joy down the mountainside and climbs back up to do it again and next think you know I’m leaping down the mountainside with my hands flung high trying to keep up. He loves the dirt and the sand and the mud and he notices every flower, stump, and bug. He helps me notice the tiny flowers and little critters that I used to be in too much hurry to notice and for that I am thankful.
I love flipping through these photos when I’m sad or struggling or stuck inside and I’m instantly transformed to a better place. It has actually been proven that looking at images of cute puppies can increase mood, lower stress, and increase attention and focus and for me, there’s nothing better than a puppy leaping through the air in a beautiful place.
So here’s one zillion photos of my dog running and I hope they bring a little joy to your day.