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When I first started walking dogs years ago I tried to vary the daily walk so that they wouldn’t get bored. I realized that for a dog, there was a universe of new smells and experiences even if we went the same route each day. I suspect that their ability to be in the sensory moment contributes to the wagging tails of happiness. As Proust said, “The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” It was snowing yesterday and I saw a young child stick her tongue out to taste a snowflake. If she had a tail, she would have wagged it. This morning, an open bathroom window invited great curiosity from the cats, as if it had never been opened before. Sid decided to climb out the window to investigate, but fortunately couldn’t squeeze out through the available space. Dorothy Parker said “The answer to boredom is curiosity. There is no answer to curiosity.” I think we will have to use new eyes and curiosity to explore the hidden depths of our current surroundings for some time to come. And bathroom dancing to shake the tail feather and keep our spirits up. Happy Wolf Moon on January 28th. Blessings.


  1. A lovely message – with Proust and Dorothy! Yes, the animals can see the new views and we should find our own visions better. xxxxxxxxxxx J


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