It’s no news that I don’t like pets, and yet, this silly dog has managed to break down that barrier and endear himself to me. There is no goofier dog than Otis. And no goofier master than me.
I love to see him run, full out, when he gets a wild hair and does laps around the yard.
Every part of his being is in this run, and it’s a joy to watch, especially when he leaps. He must think he’s a race horse jumping hurdles. Or Michael Jordan defying gravity on his way to a lay up. It’s just amazing to watch him soar through the air, fly, and then land without missing his momentum — around again, and again, until he stops and throws himself on the ground at my feet, spent.
I should embrace my own projects with the same singular commitment to run — run hard — until I’m spent. And then allow myself to rest a bit before getting up and doing it again.
I need endurance. Perseverance. Steadfastness.
24 thoughts on “what I learned from Otis”
Animals can teach us so much!
Especially the goofy ones; they seem to enjoy life the best(:
Fabulous picture and I love how you use Otis as a great & universal metaphor. Thank you for following my blog as well.
“I need endurance. Perseverance. Steadfastness.” You and me, both. Go, Otis!
Pets are so great… and they always know what you need. A cuddle, a quiet moment or a little laugh.
Thanks so much for the visit and follow over at CTB 😀
He must still be a young dog, so full of energy. I love watching our two dogs chase each other at full speed, no holding back….I like how you abstracted a “lesson” for yourself 🙂
He’s only 2. Still very much a puppy. Thanks!
I started here and just kept going and had to come back and say, I have so enjoyed your writing, your photographs, your style. Such feel good fun with a touch of coworker-stare worthy, out-loud laughter.
Wow, Melanie. Thank you so much. I’m glad to hung around. I can’t wait to get to know you, too.
We can learn so much from our pets…especially the goofy ones!
What a great example of endurance! I love how you think outside the box.
wow…that’s very kind of you 🙂
Nice connection to the prompt.
Words and photo together tells us so much more. And dogs can teach us a thing or two!
so true! thanks for visiting.
Great photo, and I couldn’t stop reading. 🙂
It sounds like you might just like pets, after all?
Wow! Well said. I was enjoying the post and at the end realised that it was about endurance. Nicely done.
Exactly what I loved about my huge boxer, Aria.
Thank you for the visit and follow!
Goofy dogs just make me laugh. What would we do without them?
A wise lesson from a goofy dog!
ha! yes it is!