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I just returned from a walk with my dog. The sky was pale blue. The Sun was shining. My dog's white coat shone in the brilliance of the light. My body was warm. The air was fresh. I felt total well being. I closed my eyes and stood there letting every second of that experience sink in and be celebrated. My dog stood just as still. I thought : this is being one with Now.. If it had been my last moment it would have been okay. Daniel A. Detwiler

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What a beautiful reflection Daniel! Thank you for articulating this experience for us.

On the topic of dogs: Have you read any of Mary Oliver's poems about dogs? Many of them draw us into that sense of pure presence that dogs are so immersed within. 

Two of my favourites:

The Sweetness of Dogs - https://wordsfortheyear.com/2014/02/11/the-sweetness-of-dogs/

Luke - https://maryoliverpoetry.tumblr.com/post/74173019359/luke

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Thank you, Gillian for including those links to Mary Oliver's poems. I loved them. I have read a number of her poems but not those two. I also know that one of her dog's, her first one, I think, was a Bichon Frise. Over the last 34 years my wife, daughter, and I have had three of them. One a full Bichon, the second a Bichon/Maltese mix and the third a Bichon/Poodle mix. They are among the sweetest dogs on earth. No wonder she loved her dogs so much. Ours were all rescues and two of them put us through our paces as they recovered from a nonoptimal beginnings. They all blossomed with us. Our last one, Max, will be fourteen on the Ides of March. He and I are two older men aging together. He just cuddled closer as I am sitting on the bed typing this on my computer. All three have added such joy to our lives. I understand what her dogs meant to Maryl Oliver. Daniel

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Just reading your words I can see how much joy your dogs have brought you. Mine too! We adopted ours from Greece - a mom and a daughter pair. They have so much to teach and I just have such immense gratitude for their presence. Glad you liked these poems. Oliver has a book called Dog Songs, which I don't yet have, but I think I'll add it to my collection 🙂

 

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Hi Gillian, I am really glad to know you also have dogs! They do teach and call humans beyond themselves. The true meaning of relationship is deepened by caring for a dog. There warmth, physical and emotional, their love and faithfulness are inspiring, I will search out the Dog Songs book. Thanks for letting me know about it. Daniel

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