I fell in love with this guy while perusing the “virtual kennel” of a local shelter, and the moment I saw him, I knew he had to be mine. Tomorrow morning I’m rising early to play with him and find out if I can really adopt him, and if so, new adventures of the dog-rearing sort will commence.
And one of the first thoughts I had was a memory of Len, the adorable golden retriever-yellow lab mix employed at RIC when I was inpatient there. I have no idea if he is still there, but I distinctly recall being completely fixated on him as soon as I ever saw him (remember, I was still slightly infantile in those first few weeks, and in any case I’ve always adored animals).
|Len, ready for the holidays, 2003.|
The reason they kept a dog at the hospital was to encourage many patients to do their walking. Dogs are an excellent way to keep you out, about, and moving.
Now, I’m not suggesting you charge out there right now like me and net yourself a pup, but if you’ve been entertaining the thought for awhile and you’re in the position to have one, by all means, this can be your final sign to just do it!
Remember, healing comes best when you enjoy what you’re doing as you rehabilitate. So . . . get out there and walk a dog (preferably a rather small one), whether it’s yours or not.
To our healing,