“Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.”

We have had such beautiful days, warm days, short-sleeve shirt days. The sun is even so bright it makes me squint. By the afternoon the sun has made its way around the house to the back so I go and sit on the deck to take in the warmth. Gracie stands beside my chair and watches the birds until she gets sleepy and lies down for a nap in the sun.

Yesterday I was sitting at a red light when I noticed a hawk high above me riding the thermals in ever smaller circles. I got lost in the hawk, and it took a honk from the driver behind me to bring me back to the now green light.

I have seen foxes, rabbits, coyotes, wild turkeys, deer, skunks, opossums and the common raccoon around here where I live. Actually it was only one deer which ran across the road in front of my car just down the street from my house. I pulled over to watch until it disappeared near the power lines.

I don’t remember seeing many animals when I was a kid even though we spent a lot of time roaming the woods. I remember snakes the most. They seemed to be everywhere. They were, for the most part, garter snakes. We’d pick them up just to check them out, but we never hurt them and we always let them go. They’d slither so fast when freed they seemed to disappear. I can’t remember the last time I saw a snake around here.

I liked scary when I was a kid. I don’t mean afraid. I never wanted to be afraid. Scary was mostly a product of my imagination when I heard footsteps behind me or that hook scratching the screen. Scary made me giggle a little, a sort of defensive reaction to prove I wasn’t really scared. Once, when I was an adult, my dog Maggie, another boxer, woke me from a sound sleep when she leapt out of bed, stood at the top of the stairs and barked her fiercest bark several times but then she just turned around, jumped back on the bed and went to sleep. I wasn’t as fortunate as it took me a while to calm down enough to go back to sleep. I wasn’t sure what to think about Maggie’s barking. Maybe she had a nightmare was one thought, but I didn’t really think so because she usually just sort of barked in her sleep when she was dreaming. I really believed she heard something, something loud enough to put her on alert. Whatever it was left because of Maggie’s deep, fierce barking. She was my protector, and I was really glad to have her. Gracie has that role now, and she is great at her job.

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8 Comments on ““Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    One never has to be scared when having a dog and having four sort of nake one sleep very deep no matter what happens 🙂 Well there is that bird that keeps on waking me up early in ethe morning and I so wish a hawk just could finish it off 🙂

    Most of those animals sounds exotic to me, well except for the fox and deer. Those I see plenty of here but I would be surprised if I saw any of the others 🙂 We do have raccoons now days further south and I hope they’ll stay there or get hunted down, they don’tr belong here and creates havoc amongst our wild life. They are cute but I know that they can be truly nasty 🙂

    Mostly rainy and windy here and they actually had a tornado in Denmark the other day, very very unusual here in Europe.

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      Four dogs would mean they’d take over the bed, and I’d sleep on the couch. Gracie already takes more room than her share. I feel the same way about the red spawn. I’d love for something to enjoy it for dinner.

      Raccoons can be really nasty. Gracie had one cornered once and I just about carried Gracie away so the raccoon could escape before it attacked Gracie.

      The day has been warm, but it seems a cool down is not he way.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Wildlife around here? Rabbits. More rabbits. Also cute little rabbits. And some big ones. Occasionally a fox, a shy red squirrel or a hedgehog and whatever flies around. Did I mention rabbits? Okay, I admit our local wildlife isn’t really wild. Especially the rabbits.

    • katry Says:

      There are two rabbits which stay on my front lawn just to taunt Gracie. I swear one of those rabbits knows exactly what it’s doing. The dog jumps all over the front door open to force it open. She even tries to force open the gate in the yard.

      The other day a fox was walking casually down the street and wild turkeys drop by frequently.

  3. minicapt Says:

    I just have hummingbirds and bald eagles. Sad, really …


    • katry Says:

      You have the most amazing of all the birds, the smallest and one of the largest!!

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I have two dogs and they bark at everything. Rocky barks or growls at things only he can hear or smell. He will lift his head high, sniff the wind, raise his hackles and start prowling and growling. Piki Dog just stares at him for a bit and then runs around barking because there must be a reason. If I look around hard enough, I will most always find some critter has been wandering through.
    Piki Dog’s specialty is every vehicle or person that goes by the house. Rocky never barked at those things when he was an only dog but now if Piki Dog is barking, he will join in solidarity. Open window season is very noisy around here. 🙂

    Yesterday was very warm. I was driving around most of the day. I couldn’t believe how many people were out and about in the middle of a weekday. It was insane. And the heat had apparently fried a lot of driver’s brains because the volume of Stupid was way more than normal.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Gracie does not want any other street, at least people she doesn’t know. Every morning 7 kids and two parents walk from their end of the street to mine where they wait for the bus. Gracie just watches. They are neighbors so it’s okay with her. One woman walks 3 dogs and Gracie goes crazy trying to get out. Her barking sometimes gets to me so I drag her inside.

      It was really warm yesterday. Like you, I wonder about all the people around during the daytime. Don’t people work anymore?

      Warm again today but it will get down to the 40’s tonight.

      Have a wonderful day-enjoy the sun!

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