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Walter, My Aussie Companion

IMG_4639Every time I see Walter, this is what comes to mind first, “Que guapo,” in Spanish.  Best translation since a literal translation would end up having a different meaning is, “So handsome.”

Walter will be staying with us for a few days so I am crossing my fingers that the weather is nice and we can take long walks together.  If not, I’ll have him help me do chores.  My favorite one and the one that gets all dogs tired: doing laundry.

Siesta Time On a Really Lazy Afternoon

There are many things that the dogs that stay with us and Alex teach me, but there is one thing I had, and still have, a really terrible time doing for the longest time ever and that was, this is such a shameful confession since we Spanish are known for our siestas, taking a nap.  As a child growing up in Ecuador, naps were the norm rather than the exception, but I was never able to take a nap.

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Time went by and I found myself living in the US enjoying my time with Alex and furry kids like Sarris and Dexter, and I’d take a look at them and see how peacefully they sleep so, what do you think I did?

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I quickly followed suit and I was out like a light.  Yes, that is me under that blanket.  About a decade ago, I lived in Naples, Italy for 2 years and I noticed that Italians ate a lot of sweets and pasta, but I rarely saw people overweight.  They also drank a lot of wine and took naps.  I’ve been thinking lately that Spanish and Italians have the right combination of food, recreation, and relaxation, therefore I am going to try to learn from Spanish, Italians, and my canine companions and do my best to take a nap.

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After we woke up from our nap, Cynthia and I took them out for our usual short outing, anytime between 12pm – 4pm, depending on the weather, so they can stretch their legs and do their business followed by dinner.  Since I had the AC on, they all seemed to want to go out to the deck to warm up a little bit so we stayed out for about 10 minutes, and then we all came in.  We’ll be going for our evening walk later on, but I can certainly say that this was one really lazy afternoon I truly enjoyed.

Missy Award Nominated

Mandy,http://shoefulofdrool.com/ , was kind enough to nominate All My Canine Companions for the Missy Award.  Thanks from my pack to yours.

Three things are required of me, and that is to answer two questions and to link back to http://ivonnemontijo.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/the-missy-award/

The questions are:

What inspires me to write?  I write anytime I feel passionate about something, whatever it may be, and I need to vent.

Why do I love animals?  I love dogs above any other animal because when I am in the company of a dog, whether this dog is my Alex or any of the dogs staying with us, I feel happy, peaceful, and safe.  My first dog, Casey, taught me how to say, mi amor, my love, in Spanish.  This was something that I never thought I could ever say because to me, those two words in Spanish, have always had a tremendous amount of significance as well as a high degree of intimacy.  The first time I told Casey, “mi amor,” I had to make sure that those two words came out of my mouth.  Wow!  It was me.  He was my very first teacher.  How can I not love dogs?  They all, in one way or another, have taught me and continue to teach me so much about life, love, new beginnings, forgiveness, etc.

Thanks a million for the nomination.  Alex is getting a special treat tonight.