This is one of my favorite spots in Ithaca (it's actually in Lansing.. but whos counting). It's a bluebird preserve. I first discovered it about 4 years ago with my sweet girl Sugar. We happened upon an actual bubbling brook and stopped to wonder at it and cool our two and four feet in its water. We wandered the field paths, were scolded by bluebirds and I was in awe of the wild flowers.
Sugar ate a lot of grass and generally enjoyed herself in the way dogs do, totally in the present, without apprehension, regret, thought of future or past. Sugar was particularly adept at this. She was a master of pure enjoyment, easily becoming one with her surroundings in a way I have seen few animals do besides happy, wild, lions lolling in the African sun. She so often shook me from my thoughts with the softly electric power of her peaceful present experience. Being around her was like existing close to the hum of a natural phenomena beyond one's understanding or total control: a sleeping volcano, a growing huge tree, a deep river that runs over rocks and dives deep below ground. I strove to be like her and try to carry that ease of unity in my heart.
I know as humans our dull senses make it nearly impossible to completely blend back into the earth we are born from. It is our burden. I'm always learning though. How to hear more in woods and fields, see more in tree tops and skies.. smelling.. well, the dogs will always out do us on that one.
Miss Sugar died exactly a month before my birthday, which was Monday. 4 days before my birthday I adopted this guy. I've named him Jupiter because when he recovers from the starved state he was found in, he will be very large (Jupiter is the largest planet), and astrologically Jupiter makes larger whatever it encounters and so is often beneficent, bringing growth and expansion.
I thought I would wait a year to open my heart to another dog, but the loneliness was not helping, rather impeding my grief. There is no replacing love, he is so different, but he needs a home and I need to share my heart and the world Sugar helped me to see. Welcome Jupiter, I look forward to what we'll teach each other, and the life we'll explore, together.
Please DO NOT SUPPORT PETA. They are not what you think they are. They make millions of dollars in revenues and have a high kill shelters. They are huge Advocates of the BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) Do you homework PETA is not for the Ethical treatment of Animals. They are in it for the money. F@ck Peta
#fuckpeta#nobsl BSL does nothing to inform the community and educate the public on powerful dog breeds. And trust me they can afford outreach programs like no other animal association.