Friday, August 5, 2011

Doing the Day

Morning smooches

I overheard a friend talking on the phone to her boyfriend before work one day this past month.  I know you all are thinking I was eavesdropping, but I wasn't doing so intentionally.  Really.  I was just in the same small room and I can't exactly close my ears.  Regardless, she was saying goodbye to him and told him,

"I've got to go, Babe.  I've got to go do this day"

While I never said anything to her (Sarah - you know this is you if you're reading this) that day, her words have rung in my head like a tolling church bell in a cathedral tower.  What a statement!  It wasn't a whiny complaint about trudging through another monotonous day.  It wasn't a complaint at all.  It was a statement of intent and purpose. I was impressed with her sense of purpose and engagement.

Arwen and Nyxie do every day.  They don't crawl out of bed, struggling to shake sleep and dreading the day's events.  They meet each morning like an old friend.  They wake and are ready to dive into the day.  I suspect that they're also quite interested in me making breakfast, but that's another matter altogether.

Maybe dogs are just happy to have made it through the long dark of night as a pack - all the members safe for another day of hunting and community.  We'll never truly know, but I do know the girls are what you'd consider "morning people".  They do their dogya stretches then prance about with tails wagging, giving kisses to all who'll receive them.  This seems like the right way of going about things, even if I don't have a tail to wag.

Please check out my article on canine heat stroke - how to recognize and handle it.

Also, please check out my latest HelloDallas article where I advocate for folks to bring in their outdoor dogs, poor kiddos...


  1. Agree! What a great post. And they never have to use an alarm clock! :)

  2. Such a sweet and lovely picture. I super like it.

    Cassy from Guitar Playing Tips

  3. Such sweet girls.:) Love it!

    Teddy Bear & Sierra

  4. What an awesome and thoughtful post! We pups try to "do" the day every day too. Why not? What is there to lose!

    We think we are going to have a lot to "do" today.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  5. Oh me wishes me could greet da morning sun wit a doggie smile...butt me jus' can't drag meself outta bed until at least noon. :o(

  6. Life is good. Good friends, good food, good health. What's not to be happy about? As dogs we don't let things mess up our world view.

  7. Awwww....what a sweet photo! And a great post - isn't this the truth?! My dogs wake up happy and wagging their tails, doing the "big stretch" ... we can learn something from them for sure!

  8. I is going to go do my day napping in my hidey spot.

  9. Awww, such a very sweet photo! Love it!

    Happy Sunday night woofs & hugs <3,

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  10. Every day can be a great day! Cheers to you :D

    Waggin at ya,

  11. I love this post!! The dogs know how to do it right!!
    xx, Fern & Tinker

  12. We could all learn from the intensity of purpose with which pups undertake EVERY task! Do the day...we love it!

  13. What a great attitude - from your friend Sarah, and your dogs!

  14. I love the message here... I need to remember to just do the day as well!


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