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Barry, an eight year old Taos, New Mexico rescue. When he was 3 months old he was dumped in front of a liquor store along with his litter mates in the village of El Prado, NM. He is considered a "Taos Mix" a mixed breed of Border Collie, Aussie Shepard, Spaniel and a few other assorted breeds. He is a registered therapy dog who works with developmental disabled and autistic adults and in hospice support. He is Carol's companion.
His blog will be a sharing of Barry's thoughts, intuitively felt by Carol, and his adventures. Barry will be offering spiritual advice from the K9 point of view.
Topics include: The cleansing effect of a snow bath, the value of taking in the scenery and the joy of chasing squirrels.
The Cleansing Effect of a Snow Bath
The changing season..brings me to new ways to be one with nature. Ahh..I miss the feeling of the cold and cleansing effect of the snow on my coat. Wiping away all the loose hair, dirt and dross that has accumulated since my last snow bath. While I’m walking, I seek out the cleanest patch of snow. A spot of snow that is untouched by blowing debris. I drop and roll, my paws up in the air pointing skyward, a smile on my face and the joy in the feeling, so soft, cool and refreshing.
Now, its springtime in Anchorage and my snow baths are no more.. Now its the cool and dark soil to root in. The spring rains give the soil a comfort that’s as good as my bed. It is my day bed, I love the feeling but it gets me so dirty. I don’t concern myself with the grime on my coat. I just shake it off and trot off to find more adventures and mischief to get into. This is what life is about. Don’t let the small stuff stop you from seeking joy.
When was the last time you rolled in snow, soil or grass? Or kicked your feet up and laid out stretched on the earth? The Navajo of the Southwest would ceremonially lie on the ground. An old tradition that goes back over a millennia that helps one get in touch with the earth, how it feels, what it feels, how it breathes, how it supports, how it takes in and transmutes negativity in all forms. These indigenous people would also “eat” the dirt. They didn’t eat handfuls, just a “taste,” more like a pinch between the cheek and gums. The Navajo knew how to commune with the earth and recognized the symbiotic relationship we have with it. The Animal Kingdom know this too.
A Snow Flurry!
So many feeling the heat of summer, I offer this story to help cool off those sweltering. Enjoy!
It was the afternoon of March 27th 2011, a cool 34 degrees, the clouds had just finished releasing a small amount of snow earlier in the morning, about 2". The sun was trying to burn through the clouds to warm the air but it was pleasant enough to take a walk near the Abbott Loop Trailhead and Campbell Creek in Anchorage, AK.
Barry and I hit the trail. We hiked the Lynx Trail that connects to the Coyote Trail in the Chugach Mts. The trail condition was packed well from winter mt. bikers and hikers so it was firm, however there was the new snow accumulation from the last few days which made it slick. It was about 2.5" of snow on the trail. It wasn't too bad to walk on but I did lose one of my best ice cleats in new snow.
At this time of year, the trail is narrowed by the snow, it takes on the appearance of a luge track. I has high sides and a smooth, packed bottom surface. As I meandered along a slight downward grade of the trail walking slowly and taking in the scenery, all of a sudden a swoosh, a furry "toboggan" shot passed me on the trail. IT WAS BARRY! That goofy pup. He flew pass me in a swirl of snow, down the trail for over 20 feet! He likes to play "catch up" and run full speed, just behind me, he lost his footing in the soft snow and he became a luge racer, sliding on his side, staying within the trail's parameters. By the grace of god there was no trees to stop his momentum. He was going so fast, if he was really racing the luge, he may have won! He crashed into a bank of soft snow. He got up, shook off the snow and went on his merry way. Silly dog.
In my Muse Messages, I will share experiences that I have in the course of my life journey. They may be interesting encounters with others, stories that demonstrate personal transformation in thoughts or feelings, or interaction with the natural world of plants, minerals and animal kingdoms.