What will going to the dogs teach me?

Time`s so precious yet we abuse it, by wasting this one thing that we can never ever have back. That is the moment of ‘now’. The other day I decided that I had time to share, I could share some now time. Time to help others and not be concerned about any payback. It was time to go dog walking again.

It’s been a while so it was great to see Maria and here team again. People who all give their time and energy to walking the rescue dogs. Time they will never have again and yet time they know that has been well spent. Time to give and not expect a return on it. Time to feel part of a team, a community, something of worth.

He had a chronic heart infection and was so thin.

He had a chronic heart infection and was so thin.

The volunteers found Mr Jones a bed and a blanket.

The volunteers found Mr Jones a bed and a blanket.

Mr Jones, will I get a walk today.

Mr Jones, will I get a walk today.

Not to mention the dogs and what a difference in my Mr Jones. In September he became seriously ill and lost so much weight, death’s door would be the best description!

He knows only the now and with being so ill, all he could think of when he saw us, was ‘will I get a walk today?’. He could only walk very slowly down the hill and would then just lay at your feet exhausted. Getting him back up the hill became a problem and I often wondered if I was going to have to carry him or fetch a car…..

Mr Jones, so loves a cuddle and has now recovered. he's put 5 inches on around his  handsome neck!

Mr Jones, so loves a cuddle and has now recovered. he’s put 5 inches on around his handsome neck!

Now after a lot of help from the amazing volunteers who have loved and supported him they have now filled him out out again with an extra 5 inches around his neck. He is now wanting to trot rather than walk, which is a bonus for me and my fitness levels. Though after a trot up that first hill, stomach churning and heart pounding, mine not his, then I guess I had better get fitter quicker than him.

Cross German Shepard, still looking for a home.

Cross German Shepard, still looking for a home.

Then there is Benny, when I left he was in good form, now he is starting to shake his head again as his ears are playing up. He had to be moved from a sunlit pen back into a smaller pen as he became a bit nasty towards people. He has settled down again now and needs that open space for a good run around that a loving home can give him.

I got a home, thanks to volunteer Tony.

I got a home, thanks to volunteer Tony.

The dog pound is quieter, not noise levels, the dogs in there are still as excitable as ever for a walk. There pleas of ‘is it my turn’ could turn you deaf or daft! It’s just that now we have empty pens, a miracle and a tribute to everyone working on re-homing.
Yet so many dogs are still looking for that new and forever home.

Goldie and his best friend Abuelo.

Goldie and his best friend Abuelo.

Abuelo pen 21Here are just a few more that I love spending time with.

Each with their own personality and all just wanting to share the gift of love that they have.

Pups too that were born on a hard cold floor with no one to help and fortunately a devoted Mum.

Pups too that were born on a hard cold floor with no one to help and fortunately a devoted Mum.

The gift of being happy and of living in the now moment. For these pups they have their whole lives ahead of them thanks to their devoted Mum who gave birth to them in a kennel full of dogs and yet managed to protect them till the morning when  they could be moved to a quiet area. A true heroine of a dog.

Ciro, turning into a stunning dog with a coat ready to be cuddled and stroked.

Ciro, turning into a stunning dog with a coat ready to be cuddled and stroked.

CiroMeet Ciro, one of our newer arrival`s who came in October with no fur at all. Bald and with no chance of surviving a winter. Now he has healed and he is a beautiful dog to look at with a gorgeous coat. He has stolen our hearts and because he is on the left side of the pound, he is lucky to get just 1 walk a week. Does he moan and groan at this, No! He just loves what time you can spare him.

Time is precious and we all have so many calls on our time, I guess its amazing what we do manage to fit into each day. In a day you do what you have to, you may learn something new, you have family time, friends to catch up with and if lucky then there is me time! Now try adding in a New Years Resolution………
Will you lose weight, make new friends, find your life partner, learn a language, or whatever you want to happen?
The tip here is to ask yourself one question first…….

What one thing in my life right now can I not live without? When you know the answer to that question, then ask yourself……..
What do I want to change?
Now you need to match the two up and you are on the road to a successful resolution or even a life change. You will make the time to be successful in your changes because they will matter to you.

So make that change by asking the questions and living the answers in the now.

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One Response to What will going to the dogs teach me?

  1. Terry says:

    Well-written, Gill: a very moving posting.
    I’ll be thinking about your words of wisdom, all day, and probably forever…….
    You two do seem to be enjoying life again.
    Best wishes for it to remain that way. 🙂
    Terry xx

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