The weather forecasters were calling for a massive snow storm to move through our area.  In preparation, road crews salted the roads, Durhamites rushed the grocery stores for the essentials, and finding a snow shovel or salt for home walkways and driveways was pretty much non-01e5376a1f89cae32bde9154f55b2c4793fdf7acbaexistent.  In short, the day was shaping up to be one of those days you'd much rather stay home in front of the fire and cuddle up with the wife and the pups. I hopped in the car and began to drive about 20 minutes north of our home. The car thermometer showed a crisp 26 degrees outside, but I was bundled up in my Air Force issued cold weather parka, a hoodie, thermals, and various other layers.  My wife said I looked like Ralphie from "A Christmas Story" as I left the house.  I laughed as I closed the door, knowing that I'd be sweating from all the thermal layers.  My solace was knowing that I'd soon be walking my favorite client Ellie through the snow and the cold.  A few minutes later I arrived at my client's house, already baking from the layers upon layers of cold weather gear.  As I approached the back door of my client's home, I heard the deep, foreboding bark of Ellie, a 2-year old German Shepard.  Though Ellie sounded viscous, she's actually a sweetheart and is always ready for a good walk.  She's young, healthy, alert, and a joy to be around.  I clipped the leash on Ellie and we started our 30-minute walk around the property. Usually when I walk Ellie, I think about my to-do lists or what needs to take place in the business.  As the snow fell, however, I was consumed by thoughts of how I love my life and what I do.  The temperature dipped below freezing, yet, I was happy to walk next to this magnificent animal who is so in-tune with her surroundings that she noticed the birds flying, cars passing, and the neighbor pulling into his driveway.  She's was with me, enjoying the walk and taking in all the sights and sounds.  She knew I was there to care for her and to provide the praise and treats she desired.  She never takes me for granted...she walks because it feels good to her and because it pleases me. 01dd08a8de31fb661c182d570e4fff0136a5a2dcf8 As we walked, I forgot about the freezing cold and snow that was falling.  My thoughts went to the past jobs I've held and how the jobs left me unfulfilled.  As we walked together, I thought about how good it felt to be with Ellie as she walked and lived her day.  I thought about how calming it was to be with a being that is so attentive and non-judgmental.  I also realized how important it is be happy with what a person does for a living.  I make a living spending time with animals who crave human attention.  The fact that the temperature was below freezing and it was  snowing was irrelevant.  What is relevant is that being with such amazing animals makes me happy no matter what the temperature, weather, conditions, or circumstances.   I'm a pet sitter, dog walker, and business owner...caring for animals is what I do.  Today affirmed that business and life are good!

4 Responses

  1. A beautifully written expression of a lovely sentiment. It inspires me to find joy in taking the dogs out in the world for a walk!

  2. People and dogs, especially the dogs, will be blessed by you and your service. You have brought joy into our lives and I know you will bring much more into those of your dog friends! Glad to see you following your heart! If only you were closer!

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