Wednesday, February 3, 2010

unbroken

There is a theory (I was reading about on Jon Katz's blog) that I have been thinking about lately that revolves around the notion that "in all of us there is an undamaged, unbroken core...the spirit of us that is pure and intact"(Katz). There is a part of us that views the world like we did when we were five....without the influence of ugly truths, or the experiences of disappointments, hurt and pain. And, as I fell in love with this theory, I thought about dogs...I thought about Sophie.



photo of sophie by scruffy dog photography

In my continued quest to understand and appreciate the human connection with animals, I've conversed with many pet owners...listened to their stories, felt their passions, pondered their theories about why and how these connections develop, why they are important and how they can run so deep. I believe this unbroken core theory is central to this connection.

photo of sophie by scruffy dog photography

It seems possible to me that our animals touch this spririt in us. Through their innocence, their exhuberance for joy and for love, their simple way of being, they are able to connect us periodically with our unbroken core....and we feel five years old again and see the world with awe and with hope and with wonder. And even if it's only for a few minutes at a time, it is, without a doubt, one of the most wonderful feelings in the world. I know this because I have found my spirit with Sophie in many places....as we danced with the snowflakes across a wintery field; as we swam in silly circles under a warm july sun; as we lost ourselves on the trails without a care for the time or the world; and everytime she has made me laugh out loud or my heart burst with love. She found the unbroken me.

25 comments:

Fenway said...

That the the MOST PERFECT POST I've ever read.

Only you, Fenway and myself know the pureness of those moments. They defy explanation...and aren't even worth the effort to describe.

How can one describe purity, wonder, wholeness, delight. Even harder is trying to justify why we felt that way.

Thanks for putting it into words. I'm thrilled to know there is another human who walks the earth who knows my secrets.

Ms. Alpha (Pam), caretaker of
The Incomparable Mr. Fenway

Lose That Girl said...

My baby Schipperke, Zoey (who is at my feet, giving me kisses -- yes, I'm typing with hand!), has made me stop and smell the roses so many times since I brought her home. She loves raindrops, snow flakes and leaves blowing along the sidewalk. Such joy she finds in these little things -- she's opened my eyes again and I'm so thankful.

Lose That Girl said...

That should read typing with "one" hand.... I knew she'd get the best of me! :)

The OP Pack said...

How very well you have put into words what so many of us have felt without even knowing it. Thanks for a beautiful post.

The Write Girl said...

I love this post Andrea, and the concept of the unbroken core. There is certainly a child in every one of us. Love your photos of Sophie. Glad to see you blogging : )

Meghann LittleStudio said...

You have hit the nail on the head. Dogs teach us what it is to live in the moment - to not worry about what anyone thinks of us, to not worry about the bills, but to have FUN. To chase one's tail, bark at a bird, sniff everything in sight, just because they can. They teach us to be connected to now. Tomorrow never comes, today is what is here and we need to enjoy it. Dig (play) in a sandbox. Laugh (bark) at clouds. Enjoy life as it is. You described it perfectly. :)
Please give Sophie a hug.
Meg and Arwen the Wonder Dog

Mildred said...

A wonderful post and sweet photos. It seems no matter our age or our physical/mental disabilities, dogs have a way of bringing us joy. Good to hear from you Andrea. I worry a little when so much time goes by. Hoping you are doing just fine.

Hilary said...

Lovely sentiments as always, Andrea. I've missed Sophie's smiling face.. she does smile, doesn't she? :) And your smiling words.

Emma Rose said...

That is it exactly! The place so deep only they can find it within us. A place we didn't even know existed until they showed us.

The Duchess

Life With Dogs said...

I'm not sure that it's ever been said any better. ♥

Far Side of Fifty said...

Well said, I know one thing Chance always makes me smile! I went to the photography site..in the slide show there is an absolutely beautiful photo of Sophie. I hope you are both doing well and getting out and about and enjoying each other.:)

Erin P said...

That is beautiful. I love the idea of an unbroken core...so many things are said about healing the child within and the like. You are right, dogs can completely cut through the nonsense and find that better than anything I know.

Selba said...

Beautiful post!

Love the first picture :)

Sharon said...

Children have this same ability to make us young again. Thanks for reminding me why I love my daughter's dogs, Oliver and Targa, and all of our cats...especially Bruce...so so much!
Sharon:)

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

I love how joyful Sophie is!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I find not just dogs, but all animals.

What a beautifully written post.

Jen

Rainy said...

That's beautiful. Thank you for putting that into words.

Claire said...

so i admit that i'm really bad about reading all the way through most blog entries. i usually scan, glance at photos and move on. but i LOVE reading your blog down to the last word. you have such a fabulous ability to verbalize the way you feel about your dog in such a way that i remember why i love my own dog so much.

Annie said...

'She found the unbroken me." How poignant. And somehow, dogs have a way of being fixers of the pieces of youth we may thing we have lost along the way.

Becky said...

I totally agree. You said it for all of us animal lovers out here. I forget all the bad when I am immersed in the love of my dogs and cats. Thanks, Andrea!

Jan said...

So glad to see a new post. Missed you. Give Sophie a kiss for me.

Oz Girl said...

I like this. A lot. Gorgeous pics of Sophie and I love your new business name. :)

I'm headed to Jon's blog now. I've always adored his books.

Laura Hegfield said...

So true. I find this part of me in the company of Ellie, our petite standard poodle...my third daughter...perpetually joyful and loving. She is laying at my feet making those soft wfl sounds that are probably very excited loud barks in her dream.

Scout and Freyja said...

Absolutely, positively and without a shadow of a doubt. You hit the nail right on the head - our dogs touch that special place inside of us that hasn't been harmed by the world.

I loved this post of yours - loved it!

Welcome To Wilmoth Farms said...

You said it perfectly.....Animals reach the core of our souls in ways humans cant. I feel this way about 2 of my horses but for 2 diff reasons. One got me through cancer, but both through depression, at times severe, I was pretty broken...so this post really touched me deeply...perfectly spoken....and now that my horse whom I have a very special bond with the most is living on borrowed time (he is 30+ years)this touched me deeply. I've blogged about it recently...its been difficult to but his story is briefly posted on my blog.