Appreciating those small moments

Being around animals – so often – is a fast track reminder about the “priorities” in life.  Here’s an example.  I was walking the dog yesterday – a very good-natured, sociable miniature salt and pepper Schnauzer (Snuffles) who’s 18 months old. He loves his daily walk – and I must say – I get the benefits as well of daily exercise – an opportunity to get away from the computer and get outdoors.

Snuffles and I were on the last leg home – walking along a quiet residential street – and he was still “off leash”. He started crossing the street and I whistled to get his attention. Then I noticed – about 20 metres ahead – there were three young girls crossing the street towards us. They had noticed Snuffles. There was (of course) an instant “magnetic attraction”.  It seems that all little girls love friendly dogs.

At a guess, the girls were aged around 10, 8, and 7.  We all  sat on the grassy green footpath and for the next 10 minutes or so we had a wonderful time playing with Snuffles – who loved the undivided attention of four people!  Snuffles had a big grin on his face.

It was one of those “camera moments”….. the eight year old – in complete relaxation mode – lay on her back – legs crossed in the air – chatting away about her “pet pillow” – which happened to be a dog called Snuffles!!

The girls recounted their favourite dog names, lifted Snuffles, patted him, rolled him over, and I showed them some of the things he could do – like his “swimming dog” speciality – which they loved.

Then it was time to go. The day was drawing to a close. The sun was setting.  The moment had passed. The three girls headed off to their respective houses along the street.

It was a magical, brief encounter “out of the blue” – and reminded me that it’s these kinds of “present moment” experiences that are the stuff of life.

Do you have any stories like this you can recall. It’s a wonderful way to get into a positive state of being. Without doubt, being around animals is a fast track way to get there.


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