"I do not live for what the world thinks of me, but for what i think of myself." - Jack London
Sometimes when I'm out in a crowded space, and i hear whispering, laughing, talking-- I'm transported back to my childhood where I believed everyone made fun of me and didnt like me--and a huge part of that was true BUT-- i know a big part of that was how my poor mental health controlled me. I get that way at the dog park. People will be talking about their dogs or training or judging another owners training and suddenly i wonder if they talk about us when I'm out of hearing range. Those thoughts dont last for long, because while they're conversing and ignoring their dogs, I'm training mine. When they repeat my whistles (mocking or trying it out with their dogs who knows) I'm working on my recall getting ready for our next hike. Focusing on Josie helps me not focus on my anxiousness of what other people think of me, and I'd like to think it has turned my focus more on myself.
If you know me, you know that I have a serious multi-tasking problem with a side of energizer bunny. I keep going and going and going. It takes a lot for me to just hike. It’s especially tough to put down the running shoes, leave the fly rod at home, not bring the ropes or paddle boards.
I always feel like I need to cram as many activities into a day, and I forget that sometimes the most rewarding adventures are the simple ones. •
I have to remember to do this more often. My brain and my heart always thank me later. #trailingthought#justhike
A nice winter October, my beautiful wife playing with our big old baby of a Rottweiler. The pup didn’t know we still had 6 kilometres to go before she started going crazy in the snow. If you read that again it rhymed.
Travel protip: if a local offers you directions, ACCEPT THEM. Duh. We learned this one the hard way but luckily the "scenic route" (oops) we ended up on was pretty magical. Guys, Oregon is so green! And there's water! Both of these things are pretty exciting after almost 20 years of living in southern/central California. Pics are from our hike to Alsea Falls (nearby Green Peak Falls pictured).
I’m Marty B. I came from a rough situation but, I was rescued from the best crew from @ruffstartrescuemn. They took care of me and gave me lots of love.
My foster mom was pretty awesome and she told me that I would find my forever home. And sure enough, @miss_evab and her fiancé took me in and boy, am I the luckiest doggie on the planet!
They give me so much love and all the kisses in the world! I’m for sure going to be spoiled!
So here I am, sharing my story and my new adventures with my mommy and my daddy. I’m new to all this Instagram situation! But excited to make some new friends for sure!
I think my mom wants to bring me to this cool event that her friends over at @dogsofmsp are having this Saturday! So come and join me and meet me! I may be a little shy, since I’m only 6 months and I’m new to the world of people. But man, I love being around them once I warm up!
Can’t wait to meet you and share everything with you all!
Marley and I have a bond. People don’t always get it. They don’t understand how I insist on taking her everywhere. How I plan things around her. Pass up opportunities because of her. I don’t know if my relationship with Marley is all that unique, but to me it’s sacred.
It’s nice that I don’t have to explain that bond to Trent. He already understands it; he has that same bond with Diesel.
My mom took me to the woods tonight, we walked and walked until we came upon a field. We sat and watched the sun set; the only sounds heard were of the animals around us we could not see. Nothing had ever been so peaceful... when we walked back through the woods, we came out taller than the trees.