It’s a happy 9th Gotcha Day for this little guy! Today my sweet dog, Phineas, is 10 years old and he’s been in my life for 9 years. How grateful I am that when I rescued him, he rescued me right back. I’m the luckiest. Here’s to two pawfuls of life, buddy, and many more ahead.
Happy Halloween from me and my little caped crusader! You can vote for me and Phineas here for his daycare Halloween costume contest here: https://woobox.com/9rtqyk/gallery/519moZsOBzg
Be patient with yourself. You’re getting there, wherever there is.
Right now I’m in the process of doing the equivalent of crate training Phineas. He didn’t respond well at all to an enclosed crate when he was younger but he’s making good progress, knock on wood, behind a gate that keeps him in the back of the apartment away from the door and the too-loud lobby of my building. Crate training takes discipline, patience, and time, three things I am also trying to give to myself as I give them to him.
We all want what we want right now. It takes time to learn a new skill. It takes patience to let ourselves evolve and grow into the very best version of ourselves. As hard as I drive myself to achieve and succeed, I also try to give myself a break and celebrate every once in a while. I look back on my life and see how far I’ve come from my days on the apple farm. It’s been a long and winding road. It wasn’t easy though from my view now, life is pretty spectacular despite the many difficulties along the way and the challenges I’m facing now. I can’t help but have this overwhelming feeling that everything really is going to be okay eventually. I’ll find what I need in every area of my life. It’s going to take time and effort, but it’s out there. It’s out there for you, too. Keep going.
Since moving to our new apartment, Phineas has become a morning dog. He’s up at the crack of dawn, and that means I am, too. This morning we took a long stroll / walk / run past Union Station, the Folger, the Library of Congress, and on to the Capitol. Phineas was rolling around in all the grassy areas and greeting everyone who wanted to talk to him. He had the time of his life.
It reminded me that we are constantly explorers, everywhere we go, every day. We take in what’s around us, we learn, and we make the most of it.
What do you get for the dog who has everything he needs? The same thing you get for people who have everything—art. I made this paper collage for Phineas to capture his philosophy on life. Merry Christmas, Phin!
Here’s the Phineas Way:
- Join a parade whenever possible
- Don’t be afraid to lead the way
- A first snow is a very happy thing
- Sometimes the best thing to do is sit and be quiet like a yogi
- “How good can you feel?” is a question you should ask every day, and answer
- Share something wonderful with everyone, always
- Fall in love with as many things, and people, and animals, as possible
- There’s cool stuff out on the edge
- Be excited
- Embrace the wild
- You’re perfect just the way you are
- Stay unique
- Learn how to be a good copilot
- You can never have too much joy
- New York is my soul city, and always will be
- Embrace tomorrow, no matter what happened today
- Live color fully, in many different directions
- Sing loud and proud like a bird
- Be unstoppable
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the greatest places in the world to hang around
- I love snuggling; snuggling’s my favorite
- I have one goal: to be the best dog ever. (And, for me, he absolutely is!)