Bailey’s Corner: Find the Hidden Treasures
May 11, 2015 § Leave a comment
I love early spring. Know why?
Because regardless of the temperature, there’s still piles of snow around. And each new day I find new treasures. As the snow begins to melt, a different layer is revealed. They may complain that it’s just different layers of my poop that have accumulated over the winter. But I know better. The poop is just guarding all the hidden treasures!
I find something new each day – perfect chewing sticks that fell from the storm a month ago, the kid’s toy she thought she lost, scents from a whole bunch of animals that wandered through our yard over the winter, the Christmas tree that disappeared in the blizzard, large amounts of tennis balls that fell in a snow bank and never found their way out. The other day I even found a flower trying to push its way up! The list could go on and on.
Every day they let me out has a fresh adventure waiting for me. New growing scents fill the air each day. An old toy becomes new again. New life and a new start emerge from the piles. It might appear ugly outside until nature finishes cleaning itself, but if you actually take a look around, you’ll find all kinds of hidden treasures. Take a minute to really notice your surroundings. What do you see? Dig a little – what can you find? Even within yourself – what kind of treasure is waiting to be found?
It doesn’t matter how the day starts, or what it may initially appear to be. It doesn’t matter if it is cold, dark, sunny, stressful, too long, too short, etc. – Each day holds a “hidden treasure.” We just need to open our eyes, stretch our paws, and search. It’s there somewhere. And when we find it, we are as rich as a king – even if only for a day.
Bailey’s Corner: Sometimes You Just Have to Rip a Toy
June 18, 2013 § Leave a comment
Do you ever get that crazy pent up energy feeling? Either the super happy, feelin’ great, life’s good feeling where you want to just zoom around and around the house, barking the entire time? Or, the super frustrated, I can’t take it anymore, about to claw my way up the wall, not-so-good feeling? Either way – the good one or the bad one – you need to get that energy out. You need a release. And running barking (or screaming) around and around the house is not always an option.
So instead, I suggest ripping apart a toy. Seriously. You humans are much too refined for your own good sometimes. Take that toy, clench it in your teeth, shake it around so hard your brain rattles in your head. Give a little growl for good measure. Bat it against the couch and/or floor a few times. Hold it in your paws and pick it apart thread by thread until you get that stupid squeaker out and parade around the house like you just won the Olympic Gold. Then lay, victorious over it, panting in pure contentment. Trust me, you’ll feel better!
Sometimes it’s ok to hold things inside and try to act all cool and calm. But sometimes that just makes things a whole lot worse. Find your safe outlet and use that energy in a good way. Guaranteed it will make you a much more productive, calm, and happy person. Because really, sometimes you just need to quick rip apart a toy. And there’s nothing wrong with that….
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