Perhaps I was just predestined to acquire a mermaid.
Be Where You’re At
‘Be where you’re at, ’cause you’re already there’.
Bryan Kest is a yoga instructor in Santa Monica, as Southern Cal chill as he is remarkably flexible. He tends to trot out a Zen quote or two at the most difficult part of a class. Annoying as it is to hear ‘Be where you’re at…’ while trying your best to execute revolved triangle or headstand, he’s not wrong. We could all stand to live more in the moment, with less fretting about the past or the future.
Dogs are a great aid to the exercise of being where you are. When you take your dog on a walk, he’s not thinking about the burger you didn’t feed him last night. He’s just enjoying the moment. Whether I’m out walking my dogs or hanging on the couch with them, I’m also enjoying the moment. A dog’s joy is infectious, which is one big reason why we’re happy to offer dog-friendly shopping at Pour Richard’s.
Sure, we know it’s convenient for you to be able to bring Fido inside. You don’t need to leave him outside in a boiling or freezing car. But the biggest reason we chose to be dog-friendly? We get to play with all the dogs! Big, small, shy, gregarious, old, young….we love them all.
We do have favorites. Gigi, the fabulous bulldog who will hip-check you if you don’t immediately pet her. Mason, who does puppy-frenzy laps around the store. Mr Biggs, who is (really!) camera shy. And then there’s Tucker, the magnificent golden floof.
The first time I saw Tucker, he was sitting in his people’s car with the windows down. I went out to feed him a treat, but his much smaller much more active sibling rose up from the floor to grab that for himself. Sweet Tucker just looked sad, so I had to bring out more treats: one for bro, one for Tucker….another for Tucker. Over the years, we’ve become good buds.
Tucker is getting up there in age, and has had some health issues. Last week, his mom called to cancel for an event, and said he wasn’t eating at all and she thought they were near the end. A few days later, fearing the worst, we reached out to see how they were….and got a wonderful surprise! They had scheduled the big guy to be put down on Monday. Because his diet no longer mattered, they gave him a turkey burger, which he ate. And then some other things, which he also ate. Then he started walking again. By the next morning, he tried to play with their neighbor’s dog. So the appointment is postponed. For the moment, Tucker-and his people-are enjoying each day.
We hope you’re enjoying every one of these golden Indian Summer days. Be where you’re at, with or without a dog or two.