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Friday, February 2, 2018

The Comforting Presence of Dogs

I awakened feeling tired and sad to the bones. It's been a rough couple of weeks, and the reality of it is hitting home now that the crisis phase is passing. I did as I always do when I'm blue - I headed out the door into the forest on my bike. I rode my Meriwether fat bike today because our forests are snowy (although much less so than in "normal" years).

It was gray and snowing lightly for most of my time in the forest. However, occasionally, the clouds would recede to lower elevations, and we'd see a little blue sky and sun. I'd pull out my camera really fast for those moments!

Alas, today, my usual bike riding "cure" for the blues didn't do the job. At least I have a lovable pair of pups to keep me company.
Their happy presence makes me feel better, even if they're just snoozing nearby.


  1. Sorry that we have been MIA lately, and that you have gone through such a rough time. It's true that such things often hit hardest after the crisis is past. Glad you have such wonderful companions to help you through it.

  2. Hari OM
    That's okay. Huddle today, pick up again tomorrow. YAM xx

  3. You'vs had quite the shock. It takes time to heal from that.

  4. it is hard to be blue while looking at the snoozing pups.. hope today is better than yesterday. excecise and nature is a great answer to the blues, but sometimes the blues win out over those two things.

  5. OMD, that picture of Shyla just made us grin!

  6. Some days are just that way; I just accept it knowing that it will pass, and eventually I will feel better :) I'm always grateful for my dogs as they at least force me to get up to take care of them, LOL!

    1. That is exactly right. The Runner was gone all day yesterday so I couldn't wallow in my sadness too much. My lovable Duo needed me to keep moving and take care of them. Somehow, being needed by them helps me a lot.

  7. Those happy sweeties always make hearts smile!

  8. Sometimes just being as you feel, and letting it pass in due time, helps too.This is so natural, we all get that extra adrenaline to help when times are tough, and as it subsides, truer feelings come. Let the Duo take care of you every day.XXX

  9. I truly believe the best thing to cure what ails one in times of stress is a loving purr or a lap pup!!
    When my parents were both in ICU..(I live smack in the city) would get up early each day before work.
    Head over to the local Starbucks for a cup of courage while facing the window to the east. I saw some of the most amazing soulful sunrises.
    Hugs madi's mom

  10. That glorious blue sky amongst the trees and snow was the first thing to grab our attention this morning. Just beautiful.

    Even when you're feeling down, the sight of dogs...animals can make you smile.

  11. A snowy forest is a beautiful sight. Mom walks or runs when she is depressed. Last winter when she broke her ankle it was really bad because she was seriously depressed and couldn't do things to relieve it. Time will help, but until then, snuggle is our advice.

  12. Hugging your pups will always make you feel better. They love you so much♥

  13. How much worse all that sadness would be if you didn't have the wonderful Duo there with you!!! They must be a great source of comfort to you and bring you lots of smiles. Hope the weekend is a lot better for you.

  14. Hi KB, wishing you healing for all that is dragging you down. I love your Duo and know they have to help ease you through the dreary sad days. I wonder if you got a lot of snow up at your house-we had 4-5" yesterday with more promised for Sunday. I love how pretty everything looks when it's white, but I love the sunshine.
    Sending gentle hugs your way.

  15. Glad you have the Duo to help you through this tough time
    Hazel & Mabel

  16. It's amazing how much a crisis can floor you. Our furry friends sure help us through these times.

    Big hugs to you from us.
    Kiersten and the furry gang

  17. Sometimes ya just gotta cuddle the canines and rest your weariness.

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

  18. Zoomies on a snowy day followed by a nap. Does it get better than that?

  19. Even if you can't shake the blues, it's wonderful to have the pups by your side to comfort you. This too shall pass. ♥

  20. KB.. I know that sometimes it all just gets to you,, and you feel flattened,,, dont you?
    But that goodness for the "double love" of R and Shyla,, to enoy the beauty that is all around you!


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