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Travels With Maggie: Adjusting

My dogs and me, we sure would love it if you could join us on a walk around the neighborhood - just friends walking with friends.

Are You Ready to Stretch Your Legs?

The dogs are chomping at the proverbial bit, so let’s do this. Thanks for joining us on our walk today. As always, the walk begins where the pavement ends and the wonder begins.

If you’ve been with us for awhile now, you know we began these walks at the goat farm owned by Bev’s oldest son and his wife, and we had a marvelous time out there before civilization caught up with us. New people moved onto that country lane, traffic increased, and eventually it became necessary to put the dogs on leashes where once they ran free.

If they had to be on leashes there was no sense in driving five miles for our walk, so now we walk around our neighborhood here in Olympia.

And that’s where we are today.

Shall we?

Maggie

Maggie

It Took Awhile

Running free one day, tethered to a leash the next, that kind of reality-shift requires some adjusting, you know? Well of course you do during these times of social distancing and reclusiveness. We are all learning what it’s like to have our wings clipped, our flights curtailed, and our movements restricted. Welcome to the world as seen by Maggie and Toby, our two Northwest Farm Terriers. I must say, to their credit, they adjusted fairly quickly, and a pat on their heads is their reward.

Me? Social distancing and lockdown are right in my wheelhouse, like a fastball grooved waist-high down the center of the plate. I’ve been doing this lockdown thing most of my life, truth be told. I’m a social-distancing kind of guy. Not that I’m not friendly, because I am. I will smile at people when they walk by us on these daily adventures. I will greet them with a “how ya doing” and a “enjoy your walk,” so it’s not like I’m anti-social or anything. But I am more comfortable in my own company, and the company of my dogs. To explain that would require a memoir, which I’ve written. I don’t plan on going over it all again while on this walk.

Anyway, Maggie and Toby don’t seem to mind the leashes, and I’m grateful for how quickly they adjusted to the tethering.

Toby ready for action

Toby ready for action

Siblings but Very Different

Same mother and father, different litters, about a year-and-a-half separate in age, Maggie and Toby are very different dogs.

Maggie is the oldest and the more cautious of the two. She does not warm up to strangers. She is not fond of any dog we may pass. When we see someone approaching us, I have to shorten her leash and talk to her until the stranger has passed. Otherwise she will begin a barking crusade, which sounds a bit menacing, until the perceived threat is gone. Toby, he’s never met a dog or human he didn’t instantly like. He does not bark at strangers. The only danger he presents is the possibility his wagging tail might somehow injure someone else.

Maggie is me. Toby is Bev, the human equivalent, my wife, friendliest and kindest person I’ve ever known.

It’s interesting, this difference in siblings. Same parents, same humans raising them, same environment, and yet surprisingly different in temperament.

Pretty much like us humans, you know? How many of you have siblings? I’ll bet it’s the same situation as I’ve described with Maggie and Toby, isn’t it? Unless you have a twin and then all bets are off. Twins are completely different, or so I’ve been told. Never really met one, but word has it . . .

A stroll around Olympia

A stroll around Olympia

SQUIRRELS

I know nothing about the intellectual capacity of a squirrel’s brain, but I’m telling you, squirrels know when a dog is on a leash. THEY KNOW! And those little rodents are purposely disruptive. They will come down the trunk of a tree ten feet from us on our walk, quite secure in the knowledge they can’t be touched. Toby goes bonkers. He may like humans and other dogs, but squirrels are his nemesis. He damned near yanks the leash out of my hand lunging for those little buggers. I tug him back to reality as the squirrels chitter, most definitely squirrel laughter.

Maggie? She doesn’t much care about squirrels. She’ll look at them, sniff the air, and then return to the walk nonplussed. Why one dog and not the other? Weird, me thinks, but then I think back to my parents, closet racists both, and how they were fine with certain humans and not fine with others, and the reasons for that will be buried with them forever.

And, if I’m being completely honest, I’m that way as well, but not in a racist sort of way. I make instant judgements about people, first impressions if you like. I’m not sure why that is, but within a couple minutes of meeting someone I have decided whether I like them or not. They literally have two minutes to present me with evidence that they are worth my time or not, and how uncool is that? And you would think I would have learned by now, because I’ve been wrong quite a few times over the years, quite a few times, and that’s more than embarrassing for this self-proclaimed enlightened one.

And come on, folks, we all do it, am I right? We have elections coming up in about six months, and we will literally cast our vote for people we have never actually met, even less than the two minutes I give people in face-to-face meetings, we judge, all of us, and we cast our vote on nothing more than a soundbite, a political stance, and we hope for the best.

Maybe Maggie and Toby are more advanced than we humans?

Just random thoughts as we walk down Bethel and turn onto Central.

Perfect in so Many Ways

Seventy degrees on this day, azaleas and rhodies still in bloom, daffodils for our pleasure, and California Poppies sprinkling orange across the landscape, a gentle breeze, whispering of tranquility, whispering of hope, telling all who will listen that this too shall pass, that hard times are only reminders to appreciate the good times when they are upon us, take nothing for granted, that life really is good and beats the hell out of the alternative.

What more could please the soul than to walk free and know no superior, words of a long-ago poet echoing in my head, and I say them out loud and Maggie looks at me, wags her tail, and waits for the treat and pat on the head. Toby, he don’t much care about poets, another squirrel has his attention, what he would do with it if he ever caught it is a matter for conjecture, a matter for another day, another walk, another respite from the doom and gloom of the news and social media.

The Future?

I envy Maggie and Toby. They have no concept of the future. Truthfully they have no concept of the world outside of our neighborhood. The word virus means nothing to them. The word depression, nada. The words economic downturn, system collapse, public assistance and food lines, meaningless to my dogs. Their world consists of the two humans they love, food, these walks, and squirrels. They are raised with love, so angst does not exist. They are untouched by bias and hate and prejudice and pre-conceived notions based on falsehoods.

They simply love and play and sleep.

Not a bad way to live, if you were to ask me. Not a bad way to live at all.

Hey, thanks a bunch for joining us. I was thrilled that Maggie warmed up to you so quickly, and I’m thankful Toby’s tail didn’t bruise your legs.

Join us again sometime? We’d love it if you did. You know where to find us. Look for the end of the pavement and the beginning of the wonder.

Bill

2020 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

H.O.W. Humanity One World

Comments

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 10, 2020:

Thank you bhattuc! I appreciate you joining us.

bhattuc on August 09, 2020:

Interesting reading. Thanks for the walk with the little ones.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on July 14, 2020:

Yes it does, Lawrence!

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on July 13, 2020:

Bill

Being a small country has its advantages :-)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on July 13, 2020:

Thanks Lawrence. New Zealand is looking pretty good in the world's view right now. The way your government handled the virus was/is impressive. I would be amazed by an upset in your election.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on July 11, 2020:

Bill

Thanks for the walk this morning, I joined you while eating my sausage roll and drinking a coffee in my break. My treat to myself after a busy week.

We are firmly in the 'new normal' now and like you we've got an election coming up, but unlike the USA we can look at the track record of our leaders to see who's the best for the situation.

I don't think Jacinda can lose this one, but don't let some buddies here know I said that!

Thanks again for the walk.

Lawrence

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 07, 2020:

Well thank you very much, Cynthia! "boil water" directives had me laughing. Good-meaning folks can be a bit troublesome at times. :)

Be safe!

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on June 06, 2020:

Hello Bill,

Loved the walk today. I laughed out loud at your describing yourself as a "social distancing kind of a guy"-- how I have come to recognize myself, but difficult to communicate to my less reclusive friends and neighbors. No doorbell is music to my ears. No urgent rap-rap knock from a well-meaning neighbor with information about departing folks or 'boil water' directives... for almost three months!

I read your piece to Ed. The segment about the squirrel, in particular, really must be read aloud.

Thank you.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 27, 2020:

Too funny, Jo! The good news is you are here, so I'm good. Thanks for taking the time. I'm glad you enjoyed the walk, and my stride is shortening monthly. :)

Jo Miller from Tennessee on May 27, 2020:

First thing Monday morning when I opened my email I saw that billybuc had written an article for HubPages and I thought "That's his Writer's Mailbag thing. He does that every Monday. I'm going to respond to that--maybe before I have breakfast. I might even be the first one to respond."

Something else caught my attention, however, before I got to that, so here I am several days later responding to something else written earlier. Your strides too long. I'll never keep up, and I'll never stop getting distracted.

But I love your walks with Millie and Toby and I'm good.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 27, 2020:

Exactly! Or they cling to what they think is in the Constitution when it actually isn't there at all.

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on May 27, 2020:

So is it like people who cling to one piece of documentation that supports their point of view while ignoring the hundreds of pieces of evidence that refute it?

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 26, 2020:

Zulma, one of many pet peeves I have, is people who have an opinion based on a document they have never read. They spout b.s. and use the document as proof when in fact they have no clue what's inside that document. We have a lot of Constitutional scholars these days, most of whom can't read a word which has more than two syllables.:)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 26, 2020:

I love that description of them, Nithya...sweet oblivion indeed.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 26, 2020:

And you are always welcome, Peggy! Thank you for your perspective. It is always appreciated.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 26, 2020:

Yes, they are, Kari! You show great awareness, my friend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 26, 2020:

Thank you Genna! I suspect you and Bev would be very good friends, the highest compliment I can pay you.

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on May 26, 2020:

Constitutional rights? What is the American public whinging about now? I don't keep up with the news much so you'll need to fill in.

Thanks.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 25, 2020:

Maggie and Toby are in sweet oblivion to what is happening around us.it feels like we are tethered to lockdown and I want to break free and get back to how it was before. I enjoyed the walk and your musings along the way.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 25, 2020:

Squirrels can taunt our pups if they wish to do so, knowing that they are out of reach. As to living life like our dogs, I wish it could be that simple. Of course, they do not have to worry about voting the right way or making decisions beyond what is happening that very day in their life. Ah, having the life of a pampered pet is a good life, it seems! I am always happy to join you, Maggie, and Toby on your walks while you ponder our place in this world.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on May 25, 2020:

Hi Bill. I agree with your opinion of squirrels. Conspiratal little rodents always laughing down from the trees.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on May 25, 2020:

Hi Bill. I'm so please that Sis and Bro don't mind the leashes...we all have to adjust, it seems, with social distancing -- if only out of respect for our fellow humans. I loved the analogy..."Maggie is me. Toby is Bev, the human equivalent, my wife, friendliest and kindest person I’ve ever known." And I loved this walk (I so look forward to these) that is so perfect in many ways. It brings humor, peace, and enlightenment Thank you, my friend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 25, 2020:

Man, Zulma, the U.S. hasn't gotten that restrictive yet. We are allowed to drive around, but once we get out of the car, we are expected to be responsible. Not that everyone pays attention to that, but hope springs eternal. We have far too many people here worried about their "Constitutional rights." Most of them have never read the Constitution, but oh well.

Happy Memorial Day, my friend.

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on May 25, 2020:

Hi again.

At the moment, you only allowed driving to the store for essential shopping or going to and from work. The restriction might ease up soon. We have to wait and see.

It's a three-day weekend here and right about now we would have been at the country show. Clearly we're not and it doesn't look like we'll be going anywhere till next year. On the bright side, it will give us more time to save money for various day trips next year. (Trying really hard to put a good face on all this.)

As for responsible, I have my moments. lol

Have a great day, Bill

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 24, 2020:

All of God's creatures, Dora, and worth appreciation, Don't you think? I know you do! Thank you my friend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 24, 2020:

Thanks William! We didn't have a squirrel problem until a neighbor decided to start feeding them. Now we are overrun by them. lol

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 24, 2020:

Very true, Rajan! I'm not smart enough to figure out such things, but they are incredibly interesting.

Thank you for joining us!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 24, 2020:

Bill, not only do you understand your dogs very well, now you're understanding the squirrels too. In addition to providing some good reads, you're also promoting appreciation for animals and for nature. Excellent!

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on May 24, 2020:

I enjoyed the walk, Bill. Let's hear it for squirrels. We have a bunch running around the neighborhood. They don't cause problems.

They just go about their business, even if my dog is more like Toby. Wishing you a great week, my friend.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 23, 2020:

Dogs so uncannily resemble humans, in behaviour, sometimes, isn't it, Bill.? I also wonder why even siblings raised in the same circumstances with the same love grow up to be so different in nature? Some things are best left to the experts to figure out. Anyway, it is always a pleasure to go for these walks.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 23, 2020:

Adrienne, I like your positive spin on squirrels. And the fact you love the challenge. Very uplifting!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 23, 2020:

Thanks for sharing that about Benny, KC. It sounds to me like you need a new dog. :)

Adrienne Farricelli on May 22, 2020:

Hi Bill, thanks for taking us "on a virtual walk" with your doggies. It's always nice reading stories regarding our four-legged companions. I enjoy the extra challenge squirrels provide to train dogs to ignore strong distractions and walk nicely on leash.

KC McGee from Where I belong on May 22, 2020:

Hi Bill,

I once had a dog named Benny. He was a great fan of rabbits. Needless to say we had to keep him on a leash any time we were in the fields near are home. He was a true member of the family. he past awy in 2007. I still tear up at times thinking about him. You article here was a reminder of him. Thanks.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 22, 2020:

Heidi, I'm a big fan of Thoreau, so nice compliment. Thank you! As for grabbing the leash, my two actually get in fights when I grab the leash. They know it means a walk for one of them, and they both want to be first. Just like dealing with a couple spoiled kids. lol

Have a great weekend, my friend. Thanks for joining us, and we'll catch you down the road of life sooner rather than later.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 22, 2020:

Thank you for joining us, Devika. You are always lovely company.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 22, 2020:

We appreciate you always joining us, Linda. I hope you have a spectacular weekend in B.C.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 22, 2020:

So many little dogs are like that, Denise, and I guess it's understandable. Their world is dominated by animals and people who tower over them. Heck, they could be stepped on and crippled. That possibility has to be terrifying, right? :)

Blessings always

bill

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on May 22, 2020:

Thanks for taking us on another virtual walk with the "kids."

Though, yes, it does take some adjustment to be on a leash, most dogs do get the hang of it pretty quickly. And in some ways, I think they even appreciate it since it becomes a signal that they're going for a walk. My girl just goes absolutely nuts when I grab the leash.

We had a sibling pair of goldens from the same breeder, but a couple litters apart. The girl was feisty and fearless. Our boy was scared of rain and thunderstorms, just a big floof goof.

As for squirrels, our cattle dog girl is a squirrel hunter!

Speaking of instincts, your quick assessment of situations, people, and creatures is instinctual, like from the caveman era. If you didn't have them, you'd be lunch! Sadly, we still rely on that a bit too much when sizing up situations and people. But I think we're becoming more enlightened.

And let's justify your preference for social distancing as Thoreau-like solitude.

Anyway, love the pup stories. And I'm looking forward to the Travels book. Enjoy the weekend!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 22, 2020:

Hi Bill walks with Maggie sounds great. You share a lot here and it is encouraging to dog owners to go out there and experience nature's value. I walk when I feel I should and enjoy my beautiful surroundings. Thank you for taking me on this lovely tour.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 21, 2020:

It's always enjoyable to learn more about Maggie and Toby. They sound like lovely dogs, even though they have such different personalities. It's interesting to learn about them as individuals and as representatives of their breed.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on May 21, 2020:

You have some good dogs there. My little dog is afraid of her own shadow. I really don't know what she would do if a squirrel confronted her. I often have to pick her up from under her bed where she is trembling and show her it is only the neighbor walking on the sidewalk. The neighbors are allowed, I try to tell her. When I walk her she never wants to terry far from her own door. If someone should so much as open a door and step out onto their own door stoop she tears for her door as if chased by a swarm of bees. It's rather annoying really. I certainly enjoyed our walk with your dogs and hope to again sometime soon.

Blessings,

Denise

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 21, 2020:

That's an interesting observation about siblings pairing up. Since I come from a small family, I have no experience with it. Interesting for sure.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 21, 2020:

You, Zulma, being responsible? I'm trying to picture it. :)

You can't go on aimless drives over there? That's one restriction we were not given, although traffic did diminish sharply, we still took a drive once a week just to connect with the rest of society. But mainly walking is the preferred means of transportation during this lock down. There are so many people out daily now, which I see as a good thing.

Anyway, I'll let you get back to that responsibility thing. Good luck with that!

Be well!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 21, 2020:

Thanks for joining us, John! Let's do it again in a couple weeks, okay? There will always be room for you on our path.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 21, 2020:

Shannon, I have never been compared to a Disney movie. LOL I'll be laughing about that the rest of the day. Thanks for that! And damn those squirrels!!!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 21, 2020:

I wish I could blame it on growing old, Meg, but I've always been this way. A character flaw for sure.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 21, 2020:

Oh I hope not, Ruby, not if you cut hair like I do. lol Seriously, it's worth the wait a few more weeks, right?

As always, thank you for always being here for me.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 21, 2020:

You are always welcome to join us, Pamela. My dogs think you are great company.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 21, 2020:

Hi Nell! Thanks for joining us again. As for squirrels yes, not a bad life at all, unless they run into a raccoon at night, of course. lol

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 21, 2020:

Sha, I was rooting for Todd. He's just such a nice guy. He may not have been the best singer of the group; maybe he was; but he was easily the most likable,

See you on the next walk, my friend.

Love always

bill

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 21, 2020:

My whole life is filled with sundry thoughts and reflections, Flourish. lol Thanks for joining us.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 21, 2020:

I love what you said about capturing the majesty of nature in a photo, Ann. It's just not possible to do so 100%, is it? I've seen some spectacular photos, but none of them can equal the actual scene.

As always you were marvelous company. Maggie and Toby think you are the cat's meow. :)

Happy Thursday, my friend!

bill

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 21, 2020:

Thanks for joining us, Brenda. You are good company and always welcome.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 21, 2020:

Eric, thank the gods for our wives. I would come with a warning sign stapled to my forehead if my wife did not help me to find balance.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 21, 2020:

Mr. Happy, that line was from a poem by Matthew Arnold. He was referring to people of authority ruling over others. At least I think he was. :)

First impressions, in the case you presented, can be harmful. You are correct. My wife is constantly tempering my desire to make them. lol

Be well my friend!

Liz Westwood from UK on May 21, 2020:

Thanks for inviting us along. Maybe writers adapt easier to social distancing because it's how we work in our own little bubble. I was interested in your comment about siblings. In our family and others of 4 siblings, we have sometimes noticed a pairing up regardless of gender. The first child is similar to the third and the second to the fourth. If there had only been two they would have been very different. Enjoy your walks in the good weather.

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on May 21, 2020:

Love, play and sleep. We had that existence once. But society demands that we grow up and become responsible. (smh)

Lockdown itself doesn't bother me. I'm reclusive by nature. It's not having the choice to stay home that bothers me. I miss going on long walks in the park, especially now when there are adorable ducklings and cygnets in the lake. I miss going on aimless drives and watching the spring lambs gambling in the pasture. I miss going to the pub and sitting in the garden, sharing a meal and bonding time with my family.

I need going on these walks with you and the kids. Helps take my mind off things. I don't see us having a dog in our future, but my son and his girlfriend are moving into their own house soon and I feel that a puppy may be joining them. (fingers crossed)

Thanks for the walk, Bill. Time for me to head back home and be responsible. Or not. I haven't decided yet.

Take care.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 20, 2020:

How I envy the dogs and cats of this world, well the ones in loving families anyway. Barely a care in the world, just eat, play and sleep.

I learnt not to judge people long ago. Leaned from my mistakes...nowadays though I find myself right more times than wrong. Maybe I take more time. My siblings and couldn’t be more different. This was a wonderful walk. Cheers, Bill

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 20, 2020:

You remind me of the Disney movie "Up!" Here's a clip of the scene:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEZ_xL1S4hs

I also would like to say that squirrels, cute as they are, are evil little critters when they want to be. I've no doubt they taunt your Toby and then laugh at him. When I was a kid they'd steal the walnuts from the tree and sometimes throw the ones they didn't eat on our heads. And when my dad tried to prevent that by putting out corncobs, they'd take them up the tree somehow. When they finished munching them, guess what they did with the empty cobs?

RoadMonkey on May 20, 2020:

I used to make instant judgements about people too and was wrong just so many times, I now have to give myself a shake and hold off for a while to give the other person a chance. Maybe it's just growing old that does it?

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 20, 2020:

Gee, I had fun walking in the neighborhood. I could see the squirrels smiling at Toby and Maggie, knowing they were on a leash. Funny, how siblings differ, there were 6 girls in my family and not one of us are alike, most were very outgoing, but not me, so you see this staying in is not hurting me too badly except the beauty shop not being open. I need a haircut, maybe I'll try doing it myself, probably not.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 20, 2020:

Maggie and Toby ha"ve it made - "love and play and sleep." What more could they need? That walk was great today. We have better weather and flowers are in bloom. I enjoyed the walk and hopefully I will walk with all of you again.

Nell Rose from England on May 20, 2020:

I love your dog walks Bill. I find myself nodding my head in agreement with loads of what you say. I love nature, and had the same thought about the birds and the squirrels the other day. They just get on with their lives, nothing bothers them, a lovely way to be.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 20, 2020:

Ah, but to live the life of Riley. Wouldn't that be wonderful, Bill? I want to come back as a cat in my next life. How do Maggie and Toby feel about cats?

I enjoyed this walk, Bill.

Oh, I wanted to ask you. What did you think of The Voice season finale? I, personally, thought it was more entertaining the the non-lock down versions. I was also happy the preacher won. He's a hellovan entertainer!

See you, Maggie, and Toby next time, my friend.

Love,

Sha

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 20, 2020:

Squirrels do seem to know. They are smarter than we often give them credit for. Your walks are full of sundry thoughts and reflections.

Ann Carr from SW England on May 20, 2020:

I look forward to these walks, bill, because they are always so calming and your dogs teach us a thing or two each time. I am sauntering along with you and now and then Maggie and Toby give me a 'look'!

Today we have had the snow-storm of willow seeds - not a vast amount of trees but millions, and I mean millions, of wispy seeds! Amazing nature at work again. I try to capture it on camera - not a chance! A photo, yes, but nothing like the impression on the soul when you just watch with the naked eye. That's how I see your two dogs - teaching us about nature and about life.

I would love another dog but I'm not going to have one, so I'll adopt yours once a week if you don't mind!

Ann

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 20, 2020:

Bill,

It doesn't sound bad at all...I think our animals have it right.

Just enjoy life.

As for the squirrels...I could swear they know exactly what they are doing. They love to torment.

I see them do it to my kitty cats all the time by coming up to sliding glass door.

Thanks for taking me on your walk.

I enjoyed it.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 20, 2020:

My pleasure, Rosina! You are always welcome with us.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 20, 2020:

Bill I like my wife's leash on me. Makes me more secure I reckon, knowing that I am tethered to love.

I do a "j", "J" with folk. I try to remember someone I did not like right away and cannot other than nasty thugs down poorly lit byways. But I do the little "j" judgement and then in time do the big "J" in judgment. The first is for danger and the second is whether or not we should be friends.Great folks don't like me. Fair 'nuff.

Thanks for the walk as I just got back from mine, sans leash, except in my heart.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on May 20, 2020:

Twins are completely different, or so I’ve been told. Never really met one, but word has it . . ." - Twins are trippy. One of my buddies has two boys and they're so clever about it. They'll lie about who's who and I can't tell the difference and I get fooled. Then, they laugh lol

"squirrels chitter, most definitely squirrel laughter" - They give the warning signals but what is so amazing is that birds and other animals know this and so, the squirrel's warning sounds are like a siren for everyone around. They're like the security guards of the forest lol

"They literally have two minutes to present me with evidence that they are worth my time or not, and how uncool is that?" - Isn't there a saying: "You don't get a second chance to make a first impression"?

The thing is, what if You met that person right after they had a frustrating experience, or in a tough moment of their life? They might be making a mistake at that specific moment and so, I try not to judge too harsly unless the person is fully showing me that they generally like to act like donkey.

"What more could please the soul than to walk free and know no superior" - To be honest, I am not sure what this means. Is this the talk of some atheist cowboy, who rides the hills and valleys alone on his horse?

"Toby, he don’t much care about poets" - Neither do I. Well, there is one: Publius Vergilius Maro, or Virgil as he is most commonly known.

"I envy Maggie and Toby." - I dare say You do not. Would You like Toby to walk You out on a leash? Just curious lol

"Hate and prejudice" made me think of "Pride and prejudice" - I never read that book. Did You? Again, just curious.

Alrighy, thanks for the walk. Appreciated. Cheers!

Rosina S Khan on May 20, 2020:

Hi Bill, It was nice joining you in your walk with Maggie and Toby. I also loved to hear your thoughts about them during the walk. Thanks for sharing.