Honey pulled with all her strength.
Once she felt the sand between her toes, she did her happy dance and flopped down on her back in sheer joy.
Honey remembered her first love.
Tired And Defeated
I’d love to have adorable pictures of Honey frolicking in a warm setting or reports of meeting some of my favorite blog writers who live south of us.
Unfortunately we’re still at the boatyard in Deltaville, Virginia.
And although everyone tells us we have a great attitude toward the mishaps that come our way (fouling our propeller with a line when we tried to leave, burning out our clutch, and receiving a rebuilt part that wasn’t finished at the factory and delaying our travel once more), we’re all feeling a bit tired and defeated.
I think it’s even true for Honey.
She’s sleeping late, for one thing. I think our low moods are affecting her.
But sometimes when you’re struggling, it’s good to get a reminder of why you’re working so hard. And we did that last week.
When it became obvious we’d be waiting a while at the boatyard, we rented a car for two weeks.
It gave us a chance to visit family only a few hours away and made us feel a little less stranded in an empty boatyard on the edge of a town with a winter population of 800 people.
Last week, we decided to drive down to our next stop when we finally get underway. Yep, that’s the thing about sailing. A day’s travel by sail equals about an hour’s drive by car.
I wasn’t too excited about the trip. I’m not a big car person. But I thought it would be good for all of us to enjoy a new setting.
Luckily we found a quiet beach along the Chesapeake Bay that helped us all remember why we were working so hard to make life on a boat work. And it was there that Honey and we remembered our first love.
Honey adores the beach.
She loves sniffing out creatures living in shells, sea plants, and under the sand. She likes rolling on them even more.
And we loved looking out on the water. Spotting the buoys and markers, we imagined steering our course into the harbor.
Yeah, it was a grey day. And it was kinda chilly. But it was still a good reminder of our first love.
When The Going Gets Tough
I’ve felt really guilty about feeling low because our boat is stuck in a safe harbor. Talk about a first world (ugh, I hate that phrase) problem.
After all, there are people fleeing war zones in life boats and every kind of suffering you can imagine.
But everyone feels tired and defeated sometimes.
Just in the world of dog lovers, I know people grieving loss, caring for pets with health problems, and struggling with serious behavior issues.
Maybe we all need a reminder to remember our first loves when we’re struggling with non-life threatening problems.
Walking along the beach with Honey helped us remember what we love. And it gave us something to meditate on when the electricity went out last night leaving us in a boat whose temperature got into the low 40s.
So if you’re frustrated, tired, or defeated, maybe you need a moment to recover your first love with your dog. Is it time to bring out a favorite toy or treat? Take a walk in a favorite place? Visit someone you both love? Or maybe just cuddle up on the couch doing not much of anything.
Because there’s no better cure for being sick and tired than being reminded of your first love.
Your Turn: When you and your dog feel tired and defeated, is there a “first love” you return to to make you feel better? What is it?