A Sullivan State of Mind

We have grand-dog Sullivan (“Sully”) with us for a week.   Actually I should say I do.  I’m clearly his favorite, which annoys my tender-hearted dog-loving Hubbs.   He doesn’t mean to but his large frame and big voice scare Sully.  Meanwhile if I stop short he literally runs into my butt.

When you haven’t had a dog you in a while you tend to forget what it’s like.   Here are some “life lessons” I’ve enjoyed revisiting brought to you from the 3 year old wonder dog:

  • Live in the moment – he has a harness thing that took me 15 tries to figure out – but I got it and we were off! His tail wagged the whole time I tried. 🙂

  • Appreciate everything: Walks are great & even better with a buddy.  90% of the time he goes full speed ahead. Unless he stops to sniff something.  Another good reminder to pause, give thanks, and take in the day.

  • Mix things up – take an alternate route once in a while.   He enjoyed the detour and I enjoyed the shade!

  • Get outside as often as possible.   This was early evening, after storms had rolled through.  So.  Many. Sniffs!

  • Play every day.  And then do it again as soon as possible.

  • Never underestimate the restorative powers of sleep.   Photo after 2 walks, 8 games of “keep-a-way,” a million in & outs and 15+ yard sniffs.

We’ve enjoyed having him, we always do.   I enjoy waking to a small furry face in mine; I laugh when he nudges me with a squeaky toy.  I do what is asked, step away from the laptop and run around the yard a few times.

I’m off work the rest of the week but haven’t told Sully yet ~  I’ll just play with him and let it be his idea. 🙂

Life lessons worth repeating.

 

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13 thoughts on “A Sullivan State of Mind

  1. How happy he is to be your Granddog! I don’t blame him either.

    • He does seem very happy to be here. I had to leave today for about an hour (grocery store, etc). Oh the greeting! My goodness, if I had a greeting like that every day I’d have 2 dogs 🙂 Thanks Dor!
      MJ

  2. Having a pet in the house always brings home the important message of living in the moment. Bless him.

  3. What a handsome dog.
    We’ve been there. Kept dogs temporarily – and once reclaimed, realized those “life lessons” you listed are easier accomplished with a pup around…so we went in for cat food and came out with a dog from the adoption row. They do know how to get the most out of life and bring such joy…even if with an onslaught of hair tumbleweeds rolling around the house.
    Molly Malamute sends paw waves to Sully.

    • aww, love that ~ Hi to Molly Malamute! There’s a little shelter dog in the yard next door whose name is Molly, too. Sadly no one plays with her, she cries at the fence, and I nearly cry with her. She quietens down when Sully and I visit the fence and talk softly to her. Shaking my head – I don’t know why people get a dog only to neglect it? Pack animals need their pack!! And the hair tumbleweeds, oh I remember! If you haven’t tried it, look for the “furminator” (at pet stores) — it removes the under fluff that contributes to the tumbleweed – AMAZING product. I used to brush our old Lab/Mix, Frankie, out in the yard and leave the tumbles for the birds. Every morning after a good brush out the fluff bundles would be gone and we’d smile knowing lots of baby birds couldn’t be cozier 🙂 Thanks for weighing in! MJ

      • Even the birds are probably saying – “enough already – we’re through decorating, thanks”
        Double coated Malamutes, like their smaller cousins Huskies, “blow coat” about twice a year. All that soft white undercoat makes the place look like a snow storm for about a week. Furminators are amazing – we have 2 from the German Shepherds who resided here as needed. We also have a great shampoo designed to loosen that undercoat and a really powerful hairdryer which is strong enough to blow hair out…Molly loves the hairdryer – like a pampered princess. We use it a lot with rainy winters. No too keen on baths, but loves the hairdryer.
        I don’t know why people get dogs then treat them like an item you can put on the shelf and ignore it until you have time or want it. At least the poor thing is safe and has a bit of companionship with Sully. This stay at home isolation has been hard on our Molly as she is very social. Normally if the weather is mile/winter she has a playgroup meet-up in a field to run and romp with friends. Even on walks twice a day, everyone/her dog walk friends keep distance. Now she’s thrilled to bump, touch noses and puppy bow he we encounter others walking. Everyone needs friends! Have a great weekend. Paws for peace.

      • ~~ Laughed out loud at the hairdryer pampering image you conjured up! Yes the isolation is hard on all of us ~ pooches included. Have a great weekend and yes, paws for peace indeed! MJ

  4. How nice to have a dog again for a while. I miss having one around.

    • If it were up to me we would have a dog. But it’s not just me here and, when “life” returns to normal, I will return to a fair bit of travel. That leaves the majority of the “work” on hubby who loves dogs but doesn’t want one full time. So, for now, the grand-dogs get spoiled beyond belief and sent home happy! 🙂 MJ

  5. Art & Ann

    Hi MJ it is me, your old Aunt Ann. Sorry for the long silence, my intensions are good but life always gets ahead of me. Have enjoyed so many of your blogs and since I have lost your address It has taken all this time to figure out how to get InTouch . I know your birthday is on upcoming Fathers day and I do want to wish you the happiest birthday! What a perfect gift to give to your dad! Not to mention your dear little mom! I am not good at computers. Seems so many things become difficult as you age. But how are you my happy little girl ! Hope you are still singing, as your wise little Mom said { she better be}. Sure do miss my little sister. Do stay well and know that I love you. So here are three loud cheers and a tiger for Marilyn on her birthday

    Loads Of love Aunt Ann Sent from Mail for Windows 10

    • ~~ Hi Auntie~~ So wonderful to hear from you 🙂 Hope you and Uncle Art are doing well. Singing as often as possible, nearly daily I imagine. It’s good for the soul. I sure do miss her, too (Mom) always will. Love you lots and I’ll take the 3 loud cheers, a tiger by the tail and NO royal bumps at this point in Life. XOX to you! Always, MJ

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