When you have dogs that must be leashed for every outing, you spend a lot of time sort of watching the world go by. You stand there waiting and have an opportunity to just listen to the sights and sounds around you.
Some dogs are efficient and run outside, do what they have to do, and run inside. Some dogs are not. Cami, the fuzzy white dog is one of those canines who is definitely not speedy about her "business."
We refer to Cami as "the Bear" because when she was a puppy she looked like a little polar bear. So when we go outside with Cami, we get to experience "EBP," or "Endless Bear Pacing" as she musters for the big moment.
In any case, when one takes Cami outside, sometimes, you are outside for a while. As you hang out and freeze, get soaked, or bitten by mosquitoes (depending on the season) you have the opportunity to have a small Zen moment and bond with the forest.
I just returned from an EBP event. Outside, the rain has finally stopped, and the wind is blowing through the trees making a kind of whistling noise. A cold front seems to be moving in and the squirrels, birds, and other forest creatures are all silent. It’s not quite dark outside, so you can still see the soggy, heavy snow half sliding off the roof of the woodshed.
It’s peaceful out there. And thanks to Cami’s EBP, I get to enjoy it for a little longer.