Thursday, August 27, 2020

The force of play

Sally the dog
Acrylic on canvas
5 x 7 inches 
Barbara Muir © 2014

It was National Dog Day the other day, and it couldn’t come at a better
time.  I didn’t honour our Sally yet, but I should.  People who are
lucky enough to have dogs for pets, have companions who insist
on joy.  The current virus has left us isolated to a great degree and
stuck in our homes watching a continuous loop of the news.

And most of that news is soul destroying.  That’s where dogs come
in.  Play and fun are two elements that are absolutely necessary 
for a dog.  And it’s impossible to play with a dog without feeling
happy.  The horrors of the news, the sadness friends and family
are experiencing, the state of the world, all recede.  It’s as 
much fun as playing with a toddler, but a dog never grows up
in the human sense. I am eternally grateful to our dog.

Happy Belated National Dog Day Sally. 

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