Hot Coffee, 0 degrees and a good Dog Book… TX

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction”
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery ~

Ara Spirit BW

I have had the greatest day today, also yesterday and will tomorrow. I hope Spirit has shared the same feelings, unless as me, he has not enjoyed some of the laziest days we have had. The thermometer never reached 32, 0 was our morning welcome number, with a hot cup of coffee, this evening just a bit past Sunset is already 13! A trace of snow, indoor it is, outdoor is layers and layers of clothing and hats and quick. Warming trend tomorrow, maybe even ride to the mailbox a couple miles away, who knows. Does not truly matter.

Frozen water

I started reading a Book a few days ago, thanks to Robin and her infinite wisdom serving me throughout my present Life aspects of it that have blossomed these past years, and yet sometimes unfocused, a bit foggy, not quite as sharp as they should be, a learning curve always, unable to myself sometimes achieve the clarity of thoughts brewing in my mind.

Cold Day
I cannot say enough about this Book for all of those that have a Dog as a Buddy, as I have. Vice versa it also is. I have been reading some of the comments toward it, and the one that striked me the most was “It should be a Law for all Dog owners to read this Book”. As much as I do not myself consider being a “Dog owner” as I do not believe in such ownership, I like it’s message, I cannot emphasize enough it’s reading.  It is beyond the relationship with your Dog, it is also about Human relationships, after all… don’t also Dogs have feelings, Love, forgiveness? and shouldn’t they be treated as such? I personally think so.

A Cold Day-4

A Cold Day-5

The Book is “ Bones would rain from the sky” by Suzanne Clothier. How can I summarize her chapters? I cannot. Not a possible task within this entry, it has to be read and read again, but I can write my deep feelings about it, not only within my relationship with Spirit but my own outward and with myself inside and out. A beautiful aspect in her words has touched me so deeply, it is the understanding of the core of our bond, our association, our incredible cognizance, a condition and direction Spirit and I have had never really truly knowing if others also “get it”. 



She talks about “Dances with Dogs” and a fashion of her relationship I thought no one would be able to describe as she does. It is not about doing all the wrongs, it is not about the punishments, the mechanical path of “do this and I will do that”, generally a treat, it is not about yanking on the leash, as the relationship encompasses a Lifetime and it is is much of a personal one. Those are the old beliefs as needing to open ourselves to believe in the Dance ourselves needing to learn new ways of thinking and behaving while again ourselves at the same time we sort through, question and discard such old beliefs that once shaped our thinking and choices with such a limited expression because so many have looked at a Dog as… just a Dog.


It is about finding out, discovering in which ways our Dogs are motivated to act as you would like them to act, finding out through the natural paths, beyond the mechanical and motivational levels, how you make your Dog do “what he wants to do” what you want him to do. The highest level one can have through their eyes, those eyes which always so much express what they feel. Such content is what striked me, they had been my own thoughts these past years while Spirit and I together day in and day out. What a joy it has been to be reading what I myself could not put into words as yet all has been there within this Journey. I hope you read it… even if you do not share your Life with a Buddy as I do as it’s content has also much meaning toward the circle of emotions with the Humans surrounding us.
Till it warms up a bit more… this is it!


Ara & Spirit

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7 Responses to “Hot Coffee, 0 degrees and a good Dog Book… TX”

  1. Russ Krecklow Says:

    Enjoy reading your blog, and the pictures are great. I’ve been reading that same book, and agree, it’s very good. Another dog book I’m reading is “Inside of a Dog”. That one is good, too. I read “The Art of Racing In the Rain” which was interesting, but not all that great. One of the best dog books I’ve read recently was written by Dean Koontz about his dog Trixie. “A Big Little Life” & “I, Trixie, who is dog” are both written by him, and I enjoyed both books a lot. Really did not expect that from him, based on a lot of his other books. He’s a very good writer and funny. Another really good dog book is, “The Dog is My Shepherd” by David E. Fritsche. That one is available on Amazon. I enjoy dogs and dog books.

    I used to ride a motorcycle, but haven’t for many years. Retired now and looking forward to traveling with my wife and two dogs in a class C motorhome. We’re both disabled, so that’s about the only way we can do it.

    Thanks again for your photos. I like SmugMug, too. Have some photos there myself. Russ Krecklow – Eugene, Oregon

  2. admin Says:

    Thanks Russ. Yes, that is surprising coming from Dean Koontz. However many writers write in different styles. Sometimes I feel like writing fiction!!! The bike rider that… and on and on! You know the mind thiinks so much when riding. Thanks for the other titles also, I have read “The Art of Racing in the Rain” and it was alright. Good luck with the Class C, let us know if ever near by.
    Be well, always. Ara & Spirit

  3. Randy Says:

    Anyone that can turn a OPD compliant valve into art is a master. And you are that. Natasha is laying next to me with her jaw on my foot. I think she is dreaming of romping in the Gravely mountains playing “stick” with Spirit as her feet are running shile she sleeps. Love the furry hood both inside and out but you’ve burst my bubble I thought someplace had to be warmer than Iowa. Now where of do I dream?

  4. Carol Says:

    I think you both look VERY fetching in your overcoats!!!

    “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” -Groucho Marx-


  5. admin Says:

    @Carol. Akways the good words… thanks! and @Randy, well, you are always too kind. Who is Natasha?… Oh! The “brat”!!! :-). They sure had a good time! Good memories. I think it is going to have to be South America?… maybe not!!! Spring is right around the corner…

  6. Lyle Says:

    Bundled up like that, you remind me of Robert E. Peary on his way to the North Pole!

    Thanks for the book recommendation. It will help us understand “our” dog, I’m sure.

  7. Denny Gibson Says:

    Love the opening “expedition” photo. You guys are ready for… anything.

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