I went on a mini-retreat recently with my love. It’s pretty rare that I go on vacation without my dogs. My original plan was to leave only Sanchez with a dog sitter. There are a gazillion steps to get to the beach from the cabin, and while Sanchez has recovered well from a slipped disc in his neck, a multitude of steep steps would surely cause a re-injury.
I was looking forward to bringing Gina, until I found out that the cabin owner requested we don’t bring dogs to the beach. So, I left them home with a dog sitter and their iCalmDog. While it was hard for me to leave them, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
Honestly, I’ve been obsessed about work lately and, with a 24/7 online business, it’s sometimes hard to just completely unplug. It helped that there was no wi-fi at the cabin. So my iPhone went on airplane mode two hours before we arrived, and it stayed that way for the weekend. Consequently, I experienced a spaciousness of time I haven’t felt in years, maybe even since I was a child.
The retreat was magical. Time was leisurely, spacious, and expanded. I was present in every experience. When I drank my morning cup of tea, I didn’t multi-task, I simply enjoyed the hot tea. I ate when I was hungry and enjoyed every taste. Sunsets were peaceful and relaxed. Shortly after, the full moon lit up the ocean as it danced with the waves.
Shhhh…. don’t tell Gina, but I took her iCalmDog with me. I left Sanchez’s iCalmDog home with both dogs (and dog sitter). I brought Gina’s with me because the calming music helps me sleep at night, and I’ve been using it as an external speaker for my iPhone.
The relaxed non-schedule visiting the Northern California coastline made me ponder how dogs experience time. They are wonderful teachers for us humans, as they are so present in all that they do. When they are fetching ball, they aren’t thinking about what is next on their schedule. They simply are enjoying playing ball. We have so much to learn from our pets, including how to really enjoy life while being in the present moment. They are also great teachers at reminding us to always make time for dogs, as the clock above says! I did exactly that when I arrived home.
Have your pets helped you stay present and live in the moment? Thanks for sharing your experiences in a comment below.
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