|How Finn and I View Quality of Life|
I care about both sides of the equation—what brings light into the lives of those whom we visit and what switches it on for the light-bearers. I am deeply committed to keeping Finn's light shining brightly in ways that take into consideration his overall health, happiness, and well-being.
These days, I find myself spending differently. It may seem to those who see Finn being carted around in a new dog stroller or trailer that he is being coddled. In fact, strangers who cross our path often remark that my dog is spoiled.
|Finn Teaches Me To Pay Attention To Everything|
The things I provide for Finn are not what they seem. Outwardly, they are mobility devices: things that allow for transport from Point A to Point B. Far beyond that, his stroller, K9 Cart (wheelchair), and bicycle trailer are really transformers.
When we seek to lift up the voiceless, whether it be a stroke victim, or a rescue animal, perhaps the best we can do is pay deep attention to the nuances, to the glimmers of how they show us what brings them even temporary pleasure. Mary Oliver, in her typical eloquence, expressed that attention is the beginning of devotion.
As for Finn, he demonstrates to me on a daily basis that his quality of life is wrapped up in mine. Wherever I am, that is where he wants to be. I feel the same way. I hate to be separated from Finn for even an hour of the day. Without the devices that minimize his physical limitations, and that maximize his strengths, we would have to be apart far more than either of us desires.
|Living Large Along the Rio Grande|
When I first purchased Finn's bicycle trailer, I promised to share more after we had had the opportunity to take it for a spin. Here is the link to that initial post: 2-in-1 Dog Trailer. I realize this is not a typical follow-up review. I'm not trying to convince anyone to buy anything.
As I started writing today's post, and let my heart lead the way, what moved me were the intangibles. In essence, this trailer represents more than the sum of its parts (or any features I might choose to extol). It is freedom, it is exhilaration, it is movement in the direction of our dreams.
How we choose to spend our time and money is deeply personal. Perhaps the most important thing is how we use what we have to offer up a simple, pure devotion. We don't have to buy anything to do that, but sometimes there is great pleasure to be known in acquiring that which has the capacity to transform the moments that make another's life worth living.
Quality of life is different for each of us. We can't define what that is for someone else, but we can divine what that is through our deep presence and the cultivation of a listening heart and spirit. For Finn and I, immersing ourselves in nature is the way we cultivate a spirit of healing. The beauty is that that spirit can spill over from one life to another.
It is always about beginning and becoming. As we roll together along new pathways, this therapy dog team is discovering what it means to live and love wholeheartedly. And, for us, that is true quality of life.
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