“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”
― Milan Kundera
I have had dogs most of my life. My last dog was a mix who passed away in 2011. I was nervous about getting another dog since I knew the work involved. Having just moved to a new state only four-month ago, getting a dog meant adding more stress. However, The Universe blessed us with a beautiful dog who we named Fox Mulder (yes I am an X-Files fan!). Initially, I got Fox to help me with my social and anxiety disorder. I don’t like going out and talking to strangers. I am essentially a homebody. But since we moved to Flagstaff, a part of my life is making new friends. That is something that is difficult for me. Yes, I am outgoing, but I also have terrible anxiety when it comes to just chatting with people for no reason. So Fox was my outlet. He forced me to go out and talk to strangers and make connections. Every time I take Fox out for a walk, I meet people who stop and want to meet him, and then we chat. Its amazing how dogs can be a great conversation starter and even better when they can be a buffer for breaking the ice with people you just met!
But Fox is becoming more than just a companion. He is becoming my teacher. He is a three-month old, two-pound chihuahua…Yep! A small dog! But a small dog with a massive spirit. Recently at a vet appointment, our vet Dr. Jim Maciulla at Continental Animal Wellness (an integrative veterinary clinic located in Flagstaff) said that Fox is a “unique soul”– his demeanor is not that of most chihuahua’s. He is calm, attentive and a fast learner. We were able to get him house broken in two weeks and he has started learning tricks–some of which only takes him minutes to learn. Yes, he is a small dog, but his heart is as big as a Shepard and his soul as big as a Great Dane.
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
― Josh Billings
This pup has gone swimming with us at Oak Creek Canyon and has gone on two-mile hikes with us–and he walks himself all the way! Every person I meet who finds out he is a chihuahua are shocked that such a small dog can do all these things. Even people who are chihuahua owners themselves say that there dog is to skittish and scared to go for walks. Not Fox. He walks along as if he were the king of the forests. A wolf in a small dog body.
He is teaching me that even if you feel small–you can still accomplish great things! He has also taught me that unconditional love exists…and that we as humans are capable of such things if we allow ourselves to be. Dogs love and admire even the meanest of humanity–all they are capable of is love. Energy beings that dedicated, loyal and full of unbounded love and affection. When I see a dog sticking his head out of car window, and see how happy that dog is, I always think to myself, “he is pure bliss–nothing else at this moment makes him more happy than the wind in his face and his ears blowing back.” Dogs live in the moment every second of every day…..even when they are curled up next to your feet, that moment makes them purely blissful.
Humans should be more like dog. Instead of role models, I think we should have dog models! At least dogs are genuine, pure and keep it real.