Thursday, September 15, 2011

a bucket list

I was editing a photo of Sophie the other day and was startled to see a bit more grey in her face than before. Just a sprinkle, where her white blaze meets black...but still a sprinkle. And it got me thinking about the time we have spent together...and about the years still ahead for us. We have spent four and a half years together. And in that time we have done a lot. She guided me to writing, to blogging, to photography, to a new career, to a new perspective in life. And together we have run agility courses, have herded sheep, have attempted dock diving, have raised funds for the Terry Fox Run, have run a 10K race, have embarked on road trips around Ontario and even into upstate New York, have camped and cottaged and hiked hundreds of kilometers of trails. And those are just the big things.





I know, without a doubt, that even though I will always have (and love) a dog in my life, that Sophie is my "lifetime" dog, to use a phrase from my favourite author, Jon Katz. She is a dog who came into my life and changed things...she changed me. So as I think about our next few years together, I think about the things I want to do with her...such as take a ten day road trip to PEI -- just Sophie, me and my camera where I can watch her dip her paws in the ocean. So, we now have a "bucket list", Sophie and I, for the next few years...and I intend to cross every single item off that list. Because that's what a lifetime dog does....they spark love and joy and change in you and show you how to soar.

6 comments:

L. D. Burgus said...

That is such a great photo of Sophie on the dock. I really like what you have written about a lifetime dog. It makes me think about our two precious guys.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Hi Andrea, Good to read you again! Sophie is looking great! Your photos are awesome! The ole bucket list..yes it is a good thing to have..and I am sure Sophie will trek off with you anywhere:)

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I think that Boo is my lifetime cat. I have learned more from this little guy about cat's and life, and being woken up at 2 am every morning...LOL. How to love, and let go when it is needed, hopefully not soon.

Beautiful shots of Sophie, and loving the dock. We are all blessed when we realize how much they mean to us.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

andreaanderic said...

I absolutely love the way you describe "lifetime dogs". I agree with Muddy when she said we are blessed when we realize how much they mean to us. We truly are!

Hilary said...

So glad to see that you and Sophie are still going strong. No doubt you inspire each other. What a beautiful relationship. And a lovely photo. Every time I see a border collie while walking around the Mississauga paths, I have to look up to see if I recognize the person.. just in case. One day, maybe. Keep on enjoying your beautiful Sophie.

Carolynn said...

Such a beautifully serene photo. Love it! The thing about bucket lists, if done properly, is their tendency to grow. Have fun, you two. Take us along.