Last weekend was a bit too much. I went running with P and walking with M and guardening at our new house. It is a lot, you know, having to guard two houses. Even for a dog with my stamina.
I need some time to rest, really. As in: snoozing for a couple of hours, being left alone. I need me-time. And that is precisely what I will indulge myself in. See you later!
I like to relax. In fact, all animals do. When you take a close look at us, you will see that we are active during a small part of the day. I mean really active, when we run and hunt hares and bite burglars and play. The rest of the day we rest. We sleep, we snooze, we doze.
And that is fine. What is more: it is necessary in order to stay healthy. Humans don’t differ that much from animals, they need to rest too. The odd thing is: they don’t rest enough. They are doing loads of things that aren’t logical from a canine point of view. They have to work, okay. I don’t understand why, but they all do so apparently there is a necessity to work in the human world. But then, in the time they should be resting, they do the most silly things. They look at luminous devices for hours on end, which isn’t relaxing at all with these lights en noises. They go shopping, which means buying stuff they don’t need because their houses are all ready full of things they never use. They are busy in their houses doing things that are totally useless, like cleaning – why bother? It will get dirty again!
I am surprised by all this. Sometimes I hear humans telling each other about their hobbies, all of them time and money (also hugely important in the human world) consuming things. They do it because they want to relax, they say. I don’t get it. The best way to relax is to rest. You can do it anywhere, anytime. It costs nothing at all. Humans should try it! It is good for them and for us who live with them, because more rest means less stress. And we all know it is better to live with relaxed humans.
So please, my human readers: rest more. Sleep, snooze, doze. Even better: relax together with your canine friend. Cosy!
M is very busy. She is talking in this black box a lot and looking at the light emitting thing on her desk all the time. I sleep next to her in her office, so I know. Usually we do a little walk at the end of the day and that is enough for her to slow down, but when she is very busy like this, she needs something extra. Otherwise she can’t sleep because her ‘head is still busy’, she tells me. I know what she is talking about, because me too, I have a busy head. I think about food all the time. Like what it would be like to eat a pigeon or whether pizza with chorizo is better than pizza with cheese (I can’t decide, what do you think?). It is nice to think of things like that, but sometimes it is too much. It makes you can’t live in the moment.
In times like this, we do extra doga. My new hobby, I told you about earlier? Part of doga is meditation. It looks super easy, just relaxing. But it turns out to be very difficult. Because you do not only have to sit still, which I find a real challenge, but you also have to let go of your thoughts. Not really thinking them, but realising ‘hey, this is a thought, how interesting, but I let go now’. And then you get another thought and you do the same, etcetera. I find this very hard, especially with thoughts about pizza.
But M is really determined to do this, so so am I. I will support her in this. So I sit next to her, after some playing and wrestling of course, and we meditate. It looks like this:
We get better at it, every time we do this, I am proud to say. Last night we even did it for two whole minutes!