Wednesday, November 12, 2014

5 Life Lessons Observed From Our Dogs Behavior

Posing On A Walk

1. Find Excitement In Some Part Of All You Do

They get excited hopping into the Jeep for a ride, at the sound of the ATV's starting up in the garage, at the site of a pond, an old toy found out in the grass, other dogs, and so much more.

LESSON: You may not be excited about a particular task but surely you can find something related to it to get you excited and get through it. 

2. Take Time To Enjoy The World Around You

Dogs are much like children who look at things in amazement even if they have seen it or been there before. I can take them on the same trail for several consecutive walks and they are just as happy as the first day we walked that trail. 

LESSON: It has taught me to do the same with many daily tasks. I look for something new that I hadn't seen before. I look at new ways to do a daily routine task to make it more of a challenge or more fun. I find ways to learn something new, test new scents and change up what is routine yet still get it done.

3. Enjoy The Company You Keep

Happy Trails On The RV Couch

I realized a long time ago that dogs are just happy to be around their human companions (unfortunately even with humans who don't treat their companions well). They are happy to see you when you wake up, happy to see you enter the house even if you were only gone for 10 minutes or 10 hours. We took our two dogs on a long road trip and vacation. We weren't quite sure how they would handle the long drives. They were just happy to be with us and slept every time the vehicle went in motion.

LESSON: When you are with people you are happy to be with~MAKE THE MOST OF IT. Put away those techie devices and share conversation. Don't make yourself miserable by spending a lot of time with people who try to bring you down. It may be impossible to completely avoid those type people but I'm sure you can find a way to limit the time.

4. Be Attentive To Others 

We've Got Our Eyes On You Mom

I have to say 98 percent of the time the dogs listen and watch me intently.  I laugh while singing or talking as they tilt their heads, wag their tails or walk over for a scratch to let me know they are there for me. If I move out of sight into another room and don't immediately return, they check in to see if they need to find space to lie down in that room and keep an eye on me. They have a favorite spot on an old rug in my office. I have to step over them if I walk out.

LESSON: I too have to learn to LISTEN better but just being attentive to people who are normally around you can help give a better sense of how they are really doing. Ask questions, let them talk and LISTEN.

5. Go With The Flow

I am well aware that dogs can sense many things about humans. Even before I make a move to gather our morning walk items, Gavin, the Border Collie starts watching my every move. I'm just thinking about what I need to get and he's already sensing the move. If I grab keys at that point, he's pretty sure "it's on" and the exuberance dance begins. Since they often travel with me wherever I go, the keys generally mean we're going somewhere. But they can sense the times when I'm leaving them at home and they make the best of the situation. I'll see them climb up on the chairs or take a spot on the floor and get comfortable. They accept the situation and rest up for the excitement of my return.

LESSON: Plans change, people are busy, and nothing is certain so if schedules change make the best of the situation and work it out with the exuberance of happy dogs.
Ready Whenever You Are Human

I know this sounds all rosy, I can imagine eyes rolling, and minds saying you don't know my life. You're right, I don't but you too can reevalute and make decisions on what best works for you.

Now go out there and find ways to enjoy life like a dog. Oh and please leave a comment to share your thoughts on the post or your dog stories. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

7 Shots From Dog Walks Turned Photo Adventures

In last Wednesday's post about photographing from a low perspective with my iPhone 4, I mentioned this week's post with more mushroom photographs. These photos weren't good examples of a low photo perspective but I found them interesting and wanted to share. 

As I mentioned last week, we originally started out on our normal dog walk. On our walks, I use the Walk for a dog app so I can donate the miles for money to a local shelter. The first day of shooting mushrooms was no different. The app history image at right captured the route with the time and distance. You can tell it wasn't really a dog walk but the pups enjoyed sniffing and romping amongst the trees. I guarantee they had fun too. Click the link above for my blog post  about the app or visit the WoofTrax site. 

Colorful Undergrowth

The first colorful, oyster looking specimen is known as a Lobster Mushroom. It is the only one I was sure of an identification because last year my neighbors picked and prepared them with a dipping sauce. I was reluctant to try them but I'm here today to say they were okay.

I believe the orange capped mushroom below was beginning to deteriorate leaving the ribs showing and a flower looking result. Mother Nature's artwork. You can see it is butted up against a lichen covered rock. Lichen covered rocks are prevalent throughout our area.

Food and Sea Life 

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you see the mushroom below? I shared this photograph because I noticed a few that looked like pancakes. Food is always on my mind. Something dropped into the middle of this one or the cap was beginning to decay.

I share this one because it reminds me of some type of sea anemone or sponge. With all my walking over several days, this is the only one I found like that.

Shaped by the Environment

Wrapped in old pine straw, this mushroom cap takes on a unique shape as it pushes up through the thick layer of ground cover. 

I was able to capture a little bit more of the underside on the beautiful umbrella capped mushroom. This one is more like those from a low perspective shared in my previous post.

Do you always carry a camera or do you count on using your cell phone when you are out and about? 

Thanks for stopping by to check out the second mushroom photo post. If you would like any of these photographs on a Zazzle product (without the watermark) or as a print please let me know and I'll work with you. 

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