Every now and then, the clouds whoosh up the canyons and our world becomes obscured. It happened one day earlier this winter when I was out on my bike. I was in a big meadow, and I was disoriented by having almost no visibility. The tree in the background was only about 15 yards away.
I grabbed onto things that I could perceive. First, I listened for sounds. A road was not too far away, and I oriented myself using car sounds. I was off my bike and walking because I couldn't see far enough ahead to safely ride. Next, I saw this fence. That was a very welcome sight because it meant that I was almost to the edge of the meadow!
It felt a bit like a metaphor for life. We all want our lives to be as clear as a bluebird day with all the coming steps and long-term goals being obvious.
But life doesn't tend to be that way. I remember our shock and confusion when Hachi started behaving aggressively toward R last spring. They'd been so close up until that point that our heads were reeling. Prior to that, they always liked to be close together, even snuggling. (This photo is from last March. Sadly, I doubt that we will see this scene again.)
It was one of the more disorienting periods in our life because we'd fully expected a dog pack who would get along peacefully. But, like on that foggy day in the meadow, we grasped onto any guides
that we could find - as we tried to navigate a world that we had never been in previously. We were so fortunate to have resources to help us - a good friend who is experienced with situations like this one and excellent dog behavior veterinarians.
And that is what I am thankful for today - the help that we found as we devised a plan for keeping Hachi in our family. Now, we know that we can keep all three dogs safe so our goal has evolved. Now we want to rehab Hachi as much as we possibly can. We've already come so far that who knows where we will end up? That is the hard part - not knowing, like in a huge foggy meadow.
Thanks to all of you who have offered support over the past year. And thanks to Brian for hosting the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.