Reminiscing about an old dog and a previous girlfriend

Surrendering to the mountains of Appalachia:

I was talking on the phone with my friend Diana as I walked up the hill. I had no idea how high I had climbed!

Pancho makes an unexpected new friend:

Pancho and Linda’s neighbor dog “Buddy” had checked each other out from a distance.

“Buddy” is probably not this sweet little dog’s real name. But he reminds me a lot of my old dog Buddy, so – for want of knowing his real name – Buddy is what I am calling him.

I think he is probably quite old – and also maybe deaf. But he has an enormously sweet, calm, grounded presence – and I want Pancho to become friends with him.

But now – with some very patient coaching – they became a pack.

Remembering my old girlfriend:

Pancho made friends with Buddy when Buddy handled a little nastiness from Pancho with great poise. That can work in human relationships, too.

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These days all of my identities are converging: whether I am offering a blessing in the grocery store checkout line, offering a prayer in a poem or experiencing the kinship with all life while walking my or a client's dog - it's all the same. It's all Life.

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