My daily early morning walks with Trip are becoming a wonderful gift to me. We first step outside when I rise and let him out of his crate so he can relieve himself. At 12 weeks today, I am delighted that he is doing so well with his potty training. We go back inside and continue the ritual with me making a pot of coffee while he sits rapt two feet away, knowing what the next step is: papa makes kibble breakfast!
When we brought the little munchkin home four weeks ago, he knew nothing of the outside world, just time in his crate with his littermates. Now, in this brief span, he has immersed himself in a world of new experiences, smells, sounds, sights, feelings. At first, when we would put his food dish on the floor, he devoured it in a short moment. Now, he takes his time, eating a portion, wagging his way over to me for a scratch behind the ears, or a nibble on my pantleg, then back to the food bowl for another taste. He actually takes around 15 minutes to enjoy his cupful of kibbles.
We’ve had a mild winter, though there has been plenty of precipitation, mostly in the form of rain. The water table should be in good shape going into spring planting season. We’ve also been blessed with an abundance of sunshine, and this morning was a glorious preview of spring right around the corner. It’s late February, and there is a couple of inches of fresh snow on the ground. This morning, Trip and I took our second walk, a longer, more leisurely stroll after he has finished his breakfast and given it a few moments to digest. Galakwa, brother sun, is out bright, and we could hear a cardinal calling it’s spring mating call. As we walked past the lone, majestic sycamore tree that is my emotional anchor for the direction of the east, I could not help but say an outloud “Mornin’” to that relative. It got me in the mood, and I found myself talking aloud to the maple, the pine, the robin, the milkweed, the few clouds in the sky and the spruce trees.
I learned the value of starting each day with an attitude from my Dad. He taught me to comb my hair, wash my face, brush my teeth and to say good morning to anyone within earshot. Today I am grateful for the teachings, as I put an emotional smile on my heart, greeting these relatives with an attitude of joy.