Ups and Downs

We took Geordie for a short run in the woods this morning. Just being in the forest is wonderful, but watching Geordie let loose is really joyful.

He loves to run — doesn’t need anything to chase, or another dog; he just likes to run for the sake of running.

He’s the very epitome of joie de vivre.

But I have to tell you, as soon as we turned onto the wider path near the end of the trails his entire demeanour changed. He hung back, walking like a condemned dog. It wasn’t just that the run was almost over — he’s usually fine with that. The problem was that he realized that he was muddy . . . and muddy means B – A – T – H.

He really is a dog who’s too smart for his own good and he’s always half-waiting for the “bad thing” to happen. It’s partly his personality, partly his rescue dog past, but he’s an incurable pessimist at heart.

I must say that this is perhaps one of the reasons I love him so much.

I can so relate to that “living in the moment” to “worst case scenario” emotional seesaw. Especially now.

You should know that we spared him the bath this time. Just a brisk towel off (which he likes) when we got home!


9 thoughts on “Ups and Downs

  1. Watching and listening to Geordie run and your description of his character traits gave me a big smile! Thanks so much.

  2. In this crazy time, one of my joys is discovering your blog. We share so many loves. Dogs and birds are high on my list. And now I can read past stuff since you’ve organized it so nicely. Thank you.

  3. Thank you for these lovely posts. I love seeing the birds in your ‘hood, as well as visiting Geordie and Edgar.

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