Challenging nature

We dogs like to challenge nature. Not because we think we can win – that is a human perception, it is typical for silly humans to assume one can win from nature. No one can win from nature! But one can challenge her, in order to test ones strength. Which is an awesome thing to do.

Take gravity. What goes up will always come down. Balls, for instance. And labradors. But that won’t stop us from trying! Like one of my friends shows us here, he is one of the bandidos:

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I am very good at testing gravity, too:

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Some dogs need bigger challenges, so they explore even further. My friend Boss does, he likes to test the ocean. He tries to ride the waves:

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He is truly awesome, isn’t he? Anyway: we like to challenge nature to test ourselves, to learn and develop ourselves into stronger beings. We like the play. Which is all the same thing, really. Have an awesome weekend and go explore what you are able to do!

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Wander weekend

I had a great weekend. We went camping, M and I!

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We wandered in the woods and followed all kinds of small paths. When we did not know which way to go, we chose the path that smelled the most inviting.

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We had Adventures along the way, too. We encountered a herd of enormous beasts! Some of them were pitch black and looked very impressive. We made a little detour, of course, what do you expect? It is the only sensible way to do when one encounters beasts. Especially when they come in a herd.

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After this I had to be extra alert, in case we would encounter more of them…

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Happily, we did not. From then on everything was peaceful and quiet in the woods.

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In the night, M and I slept cosily together in the bed. At home I have my own beds, but in the campervan we share. We nestle close together under the blanket, so we both stay warm.

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In the morning we had pancakes and coffee! Well, just pancakes for me, M still won’t give me coffee. I don’t know why, it would surely help with my morning temper. It does with M’s…

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After breakfast we waited for the rain to stop.

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Then we went wandering again. We went through rough grassy land…

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And along broad avenues lined with ancient trees.

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When we broke up and drove away I thought we were going home, but M had a surprise for me. We stopped at the home of my boy-friend! It was great to see him.

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You can imagine I had a grand weekend. We wandered through the woods, explored grassy lands, escaped a herd of dangerous beasts, ate pancakes and slept in one warm bed and on top of all that I played and cuddled with my friend. I am one happy dog.

 

 

Darshan

M is absorbed in a book and she tells me something about it now and then. I like it when she is talking to me – when she reads I doze beside her and sometimes I pay attention to what she is saying. This book apparently is about walking. That is no surprise to me: she likes walking and when she doesn’t walk she likes to read about walking. I have the same, in a way: I like eating and running and when I don’t eat or run I like to dream about it. That and walking exciting paths.

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Anyway, this book about walking is not just about the movement itself or interesting paths, it is about the philosophy of walking too. Yesterday M told me something interesting she had read. It is about darshan. That is a word in the Sanskrit language and it means seeing a divine vision. The writer of the book (check the tags down this blog for his name, M does the tags, I do not bother about them) walks in the Himalayas and sees this wonderful mountain. It is so astonishingly beautiful that it feels like a sacred place. That is what darshan means, he writes.

I have been wondering about this. M told me it is not just about seeing something divine, but about feeling it too. I do not sense much difference between that, because for us canines seeing is feeling is hearing is smelling…. well, maybe you know what I mean. For us it all comes together in one experience. I do know the feeling of darshan. It is exactly like this writer says: I feel it when I am near something beautiful. Or, better: in something beautiful. Like a magical green forest:

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Or in the mountains. Especially mountains, I guess they have a lot of darshan:

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But near our home I have this experience too, now and then. Mostly when we are near or on the beach and the ocean is vast and smooth under a silver sky:

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I wonder: could there be darshan in food, too? It feels wonderful to see juicy food and know one will get it. But that is another feeling than I have in the mountains. So maybe that is not darshan, but something else. I wonder if the book says something about that, too. I will pay attention to what M is telling me these days…

 

 

Nice little morning walk

We had a nice little morning walk, M and I. First we biked to the beach – that is: M on the bike, me running next to it. Since our cargobike is broke, this is our transport now. I think it is a cool bike, so here it is:

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We walked to the small beach near the jetty, which is a great place for investigating. It has nice views, too.

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Then we went to the big beach, where I did some relaxed running.

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And made an effort in digging a huge hole for my brand new squeaky ball.

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Then we went back home, M biking and me running. She is working now and I doze in my favorite chair. What a great way to start the day.