Cooper the black lab is a dog I care for on a fairly regular basis. He is a bit strong for his owners to walk but he and I connect and we have great walks together. We walk through town on the main streets and back alleys. I love walking with him as he really is trained well as long as he understands what is expected of him. He walks on a loose leash with me and we power walk on a loop that takes us through every socio/economic level there is on our travels. We pass by homes that were built in the 1800’s and a historic black neighborhood that archeologists are currently trying to determine if it is the oldest incorporated area to be settled by freed slaves. There is so much history around here. Fredrick Douglass was born near by as was Harriet Tubman. I never knew in while Cooper and I were walking all the history we were passing. I knew about some of the churches and a few of the older homes but had no idea of the boundaries of the area nor the history. The old railroad line is now a rails to trails path. I find it all interesting.
Cooper is a great dog to have during a storm. I was staying at his home when a large thunderstorm hit. Cooper had his nose pressed against the window watching the lighting hit all around and the wind blow the leaves in the tree. His buddy Kelly-a yellow lab was scared silly and shook like a leaf. Cooper is a dog I have connected with on a soul level. I connected with the two Golden Retrievers I had also but not so much the Jack Russell’s I had. Jack Russell’s are great for farms though. I had my two when I was working on a horse farm. Cooper watches my every move and wants to succeed and have fun too. I love him. I hope to have another dog some day but for now I satisfy my animal craving with my pet sitting.
On an entirely different note have you seen the moon? It has been full the last two nights and beautiful! I love it. I am always looking up and am happy to be able to share my love of the sky with some close friends. Most people though never take the time to look at the clouds, a sunset, a sunrise, the stars, the planets, meteors or comets. I am so happy a good friend sends me pictures he takes of sunsets, the moon and clouds. He is one of the few people who truly knows how much I love it. Though we don’t see each other much it is nice to exchange photos of clouds and sunsets. He gets much better moonshots than I do. And I would be remiss if I did not mention Neil Armstrong’s passing. His family’s request in remembrance was that when you see the full moon to wink at it in memory of Neil Armstrong. I thought that was a rather sweet thing. I hope you enjoy your weekend. Do you have a soul animal? Look at the sky? Or wink at the moon? Let me know if you wish to share. I would love to hear. And Happy September!