We rescued our dog, Polly, from a high-kill shelter in Virginia. She is a beautiful, sweet and loving dog. She attached herself to me very quickly as evidenced by her being seated in my lap for the two hour ride home from New York! She had serious separation anxiety for a few months…chewing up doorways, breaking out of crate, etc. With some socialization, training and a VERY expensive crate she is now much improved. She continues to be on the anxious side and does not like when other people or dogs come into her home (her sanctuary).
I started bringing her running with me on our local Airline Trail. If I could ever describe a dog as “happy,content and joyful” this would be her on the trail. She is a different dog. She seems to be giddy, smiling and skipping. She loves every minute of it and never strays from me. She seems to enjoy seeing others on the trail…she just skips on by with a slight nod of her head as if to say “Hello, neighbor!”. She is devoted to this time we share together for mind, body and spirit. It is our time to reflect, enjoy nature and have gratitude. I hope in some funny dog way she knows how much I love it too.
Get out there with your best friend (human or canine) and enjoy…walk, run, snowshoe…your body, mind and spirit will thank you.