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Travels With Maggie: Angel Tears

The Pineapple Express

That’s what they call it in these parts, an atmospheric fire hose which begins in the Hawaii area and aims for the Pacific Northwest. Look at a radar map and all you can see is a thousand miles of rain clouds, crossing the Pacific Ocean, taking aim on our little corner of the world.

It is wet!

Forty-eight hours of wet!

It is non-stop!

And we are about to walk in it. Hey, dogs need to exercise. Excuses are not tolerated, so put on your rain slicker and get ready to experience Olympia in all of its glory. Umbrellas are not allowed. We in Olympia laugh at umbrellas. We take great pride in looking like drowned rats.

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Oh, the Look

The dogs look at me like I’ve lost my mind.

“Come on Maggie, Toby, let’s get this over with,” I implore, and you can see on their faces a look that says “Really, Bill, you want to walk in this?” But they climb down out of the truck, look around, shake off the first coating of wet, and then promptly head for a mud puddle, where they promptly lay down.

I kid you not!

All I can think about is the mess they will make in the truck on our return trip, but then they stand up, shake thousands of droplets in my direction, as if on cue leap vertically, and then race down the road, leaving me laughing so hard I fear I’ll have a bladder accident.

Welcome to my world, the City of Olympia, the County of Thurston, and the State of Washington.

The Wet Landscape

Evergreens are not terribly lovely in a downpour, their drooping branches looking forlorn, their whole vibe one of chill and dejection. They stand in company with the deciduous, skeletal memories of better days, distant days, when leaves embraced the sunshine and warmth was expected. And beneath them all the soil can take no more, waterlogged to the extreme, puddles forming by the minute, joining with other puddles until entire fields are covered with an inch, two inches, of water, and the dogs race for that flooded playground with reckless abandon. When you wear a fur coat you can do that, I guess, and not worry about the dry cleaning bill.

Water flies as my two “hydroplanes with legs” skim across the swollen fields, not a care in the world, not giving a hoot about record-breaking downfall, and record-breaking it is, or so the talking heads on the radio told us as we drove on this morning, wettest day, blah, blah, and more blah, it being hard to distinguish wet from wetter from wettest but hey, gotta fill those airwaves with something, and off my memory flees, as fast as my dogs, racing back in time to filled airwaves, filled with the sounds of Pat O’Day and Larry Lujack, KJR Radio in Seattle, playing all the hits for ya, 1966 and not a care in the world as we cruised the neighborhood in my dad’s Mercury, trying to look cool but lacking the instruction manual. Damn those were good times, happy times, carefree times, all gone now as the rain continues to scour the air of man-made pollutants, thank God for North Face, all my Northwest homies know what that is all about, a Northwest clothing staple, like Eddie Bauer and Patagonia, don’t leave home without it, y’all hear now?

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Obedience? What Obedience?

Toby is not good at following instructions when he’s excited. Maggie underwent training; Toby did not.

It’s painfully obvious on these walks. On a good walk, Toby will listen to my instructions about 50% of the time. On bad days? He ends up walking on a leash, which breaks my heart since I love to watch them run free but dammit, for his own safety, there are times that dog needs to be tethered to reality.

And even writing those words seems strange, considering who wrote them. Me and reality . . . me and common sense . . . Lord knows I had to make mistakes for learning to occur. I had to brush shoulders with stupidity in order to find intelligence, if you get my meaning. I needed to be put on a leash many times for my own safety and the safety of others, so I have a natural bond with Toby the Reckless.

Warming up to People

Have you ever noticed that not all dogs like all people equally? I’m not sure what that is all about, but I’m convinced it is true. People give off a scent to be sure, but they must also give off a vibe, friend or foe, that sort of thing, trust or distrust, good or bad. Watch Toby and Maggie on these walks and the truth of that statement will become obvious quickly. Maggie especially, she does not give out instant friendship. She approaches a stranger with caution, dipping down into a crouch as she gets nearer, slowing noticeably as she gets closer . . .then the sniff . ..then she will either wag her tail and allow further contact, or turn around and come back to me. That’s all it takes, one sniff, and you are either worth her time or you are not.

Toby, on the other hand, he’s a big pup, and everyone is to be trusted in his world. That will change, of course. It does for all of us as we get older. I think it’s instinctual, you know, and I think we all have it. I know I do. I can size a person up within minutes of meeting them and determine whether I like them as a person or don’t want to have anything to do with them. Sometimes my instant judgment is wrong, but more often than not it is right on. Strange how that happens; we have some pretty cool wiring. We just have to learn to trust it.

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No Stopping the Rain

Not on this day, at least. The entire walk is under water-soaked skies, the angels weeping upon us, tears from above mixing with tears at our feet, man’s inhumanity towards man making the cherubs sad on this day, or so my grandmother believed. Silly little superstition/belief, or maybe not, you know? Who am I to question the mysteries of the universe during this walk?

Maggie and Toby, they don’t much care about talks of pink-faced spiritual beings. They just know the walk has ended and it’s time to head back home. I spread out towels on the seats of the truck, they jump up inside and politely wait until I’m strapped into the driver’s seat before they shake their coats, spraying me with more angel tears. I have no response other than to laugh. What are you going to do?

The radio comes on and John Fogerty is asking “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” and I laugh again. It feels good to do so. There was a time, thirteen years and counting, when I found no enjoyment in the rain, in the snow, or for that matter in the sunshine. Today I do. It’s all about acceptance and a change of attitude.

Thanks so much for joining us. You can find us most days, about noon, where the pavement ends and the wonder begins.

Just a man and his dogs, walking down a country road.

2020 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

Comments

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

MizB, it is my unsolicited opinion that every household should have a dog, so I still hold out hope for you. :)

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on February 12, 2020:

Wet walks, what fun! Your Maggie reminds me of Tasha, a full blood chow that we had 20 years ago. She was ok with people as long as they didn't pet her. But we had a friend who came over frequently, and he and Tasha got along very well. One day near Christmas, he came in wearing a Santa Claus hat, and she bit him. I still laugh about that. Our Genghis was her son, and he was more like your Toby. Aren't dogs wonderful! I wish our Cici cat would let us get another. I think I would even enjoy a walk in the rain. Right now Arkansas is still mimicking Olympia. Well, keep enjoying your walks with Maggie and Toby and inviting us along. It's so much fun!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on February 11, 2020:

Thank you Peggy! They are an inspiration for me, and I'm so glad you enjoy them.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 11, 2020:

What a joy to read regarding you and your dogs enjoying a rain-soaked day. When we had our Irish Setter, he always headed for puddles when he could spot them. They did not have dog parks such as they now do in Houston. Oh, how he would have loved them! Almost all of them have water features. You bring so many memories into each of your posts, particularly those about walking your dogs.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 19, 2020:

There is a certain wisdom which comes with getting older, PS. Wisdom and peace of mind, if we are lucky, and I have indeed been lucky.

Hugs and blessings of love heading your way, my dear friend.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 18, 2020:

Of course when I saw 'Angels' on your title I had to read on. Interesting the ways rain falling has been linked to something or someones down through the ages. To me those 'tears' offer a cleansing--- a way to loosen us from whatever fearful albatross which may be holding us down. As you say, your pups have no thought of such things -- they are just content to wallow in the luxurious pools of water which you so unselfishly share with them. And warming up to folks...our precious pets have a way of just knowing who will be worthy of their adoration. For the most part In my own experience I have learned what your pups know...and am thankful for that. Angels that are shedding no tears this morning are headed your way bringing blessings and love and hugs. ps

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 08, 2020:

Thank you Denise. If I don't take these dogs for a walk,rain or shine there will be hell to pay. lol

blessings always

bill

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 08, 2020:

Heidi, we need a break in the rains...evidently snow is on the way next week, a blessed relief.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on January 07, 2020:

The Eurythmics "Here's comes the rain again..." was running through my head while I read this! Enjoy the wet dog smell. :)

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on January 07, 2020:

That is true commitment to take the dogs for a walk in the rain. I'm such a woosie that I refuse unless there is a little letup. I enjoyed the walk (as long as I can stay dry). Thanks for the invitation to stroll down memory lane too.

Blessings,

Denise

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

True words, Devika! We all should have a best friend like Maggie!

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

Thank you Nithya! I am once again working on acceptance as the rains continue today.

Devika Primic on January 07, 2020:

Hi Bill you share great adventures with Maggie and I see your love for your Maggie. It is an adventure in any weather to bond and learn from your best friend.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 06, 2020:

Toby is young and everything is great fun. Maggie will watch out for him. The older, the wiser! I enjoyed the walk in the rain though continued rainfall gets annoying. As you say it is all about acceptance and change of attitude.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 06, 2020:

Oh Ann, talk about rain. Today is the ugliest we have seen in quite awhile, and I have to go out in it twice, Once to walk the dogs and once to learn how to feed all the animals out at our son's farm while they go on vacation to Arizona. Sigh! Color me upset! LOL

Have a tremendously rewarding week, my friend. Hopefully Spring of 2020 will arrive early.

bill

Ann Carr from SW England on January 05, 2020:

Great fun taking a dog for a walk in the rain! They just don't care, do they? No point in worrying about the mud they fling at you, so why not enjoy it and laugh - my thoughts exactly!

Dogs certainly do have a sixth sense, about people and about everything else. I've seen them in action and I trust them totally on that.

I've learnt to trust my instincts about people, as I've tried to give benefit of the doubt before, despite instincts, and it rarely works! Now I have more confidence in my gut feelings.

Thanks for taking us for this soggy walk, bill. I enjoyed it immensely and I'm sure getting back into the warm and dry was 10 times better because of it!

Ann

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 05, 2020:

Evolve or die, Li-Jen...that's what one mentor once told me. I decided living sounded pretty good,since I had a choice. :)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 05, 2020:

Genna, I love your description...swamp spirits....it really is overpowering when it doesn't stop. We are having a twelve hour break right now. Unfortunately it happened in the middle of the night. lol

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 05, 2020:

Peace, Sean, and let's hope your wishes come true for our Australian brothers soon.

Blessings always my friend

bill

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 05, 2020:

It has to end soon, right, Lori? I mean, it can't go on forever, can it?

I'm not so sure! :(

Li-Jen Hew on January 05, 2020:

Hi Bill, I like how you casually transition from the rain to the good old days in your dad's Mercury. The special comparison between you and your dogs is one of a kind. You are the only one I know who does this. Cool that you changed your attitude towards rain enjoyment. Nice to see people evolving and changing their ways for the better....but don't catch a cold! Thanks for sharing.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on January 05, 2020:

Hi Bill...

We had days of never-ending rain just a couple of weeks ago. Swamp-lawns, and over-soaked roads, basements and spirits. And it looks we're getting more toward the end of this week. Yipee.

So true about dogs not liking certain people as much as others. Is it that special canine radar or DNA? Loved this time sent with you, and Sis and Bro. Thank you.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on January 05, 2020:

Change of attitude! What a significant phrase for mankind is this, my brother, Bill! Rain is a blessing, most of the times, it is even a miracle, a lifesaver. Really, ask Australia right now! What have we done? My heart is bleeding watching all this wildlife suffer! Why do we have to learn through the pain of innocent creatures? My brother, Manatita, says that I use my brain more than my heart. He knows better, of course, but I wish my tears were heavy rain above Australia now or California not long ago! I wish all Maggies and Tobies of the world could have a Bill... Prayers, brother, and peace always.

We all are Australia!

Sean

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on January 04, 2020:

This rain has been awful. My yard puddles every time it rains, not that rain is anything new. It is Washington after all. There is nothing worse than the smell of wet dog. Well, there is, but still, they stink. Love the Arms of an Angel. I love Toby the little pistol. Maggie's a honey. Hang in there.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 04, 2020:

I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Karen! Thank you for the kind words.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 04, 2020:

That's what brothers are for, Sis! You can always count on me.

Karen A Szklany from New England on January 03, 2020:

Happy New Year, Bill!Loved reading this! So poetic and philosophical. Thank you for a wonderful online experience.

Suzie from Carson City on January 03, 2020:

Thanks for the compliment....I mean the "annoying" part. You know how very hard I work at that! It's nice to be appreciated!! Cheers!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 03, 2020:

I love it, Manatita...back when you were on a leash...that is funny and I can relate.

Happy New Year my brother!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 03, 2020:

Enjoy that sunshine, RoadMonkey. I am jealous!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 03, 2020:

Sis, what would a New Year be without a visit from my loving and annoying sister? :) I love you even though you have an umbrella. lol

Have a brilliantly Happy New Year, Sis, and thank you for being in my life.

love,

Bro

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 03, 2020:

Mary, we can never forge to laugh. It's the best medicine for what ails us, you know. :)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 03, 2020:

Audrey, you just gave them the greatest gift possible...a scratch. They say "thank you!"

love,

bill

Maggie

Toby

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 03, 2020:

Thank you Linda. They are lovely dogs. I hope Toby stops being a puppy soon. He wears me out. lol

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 03, 2020:

Then I have done my job as a writer, Sally, because that's what I want them to do. Thank you for that affirmation.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 03, 2020:

Thank you for the visit, Brenda. If you ever come to visit in person, make sure you have some Gore-Tex. lol

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 03, 2020:

Dora, you know as well as I do, just living life is a learning lesson. We all learn daily. I just give a gentle kick in the butt to facilitate that learning. lol Thanks my friend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 03, 2020:

Thanks Liz! We have a leash law here. Dogs must be on leads when out in public...owner can be fined if they are not. Of course, not everyone follows the law wink-wink

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 03, 2020:

Ruby, I feel that depression setting in. Our long-range forecast is not promising. :(

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 03, 2020:

Thanks Linda! Anyone who grew up here remembers Pat O'Day....what a legend!!!!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 03, 2020:

Flourish, treat your dog with love and you will have a lifetime friend...I try to follow that.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 03, 2020:

I would not be a big fan of your weather, MizB. I'm not an extreme kind of guy. I like my rain predictable and safe. :)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 03, 2020:

Thanks for sharing about your dogs, Swalia...and you are correct, they are great medicine for stress.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 03, 2020:

This is definitely the wet season here, Nell. Our long-range forecast is ugly!!!!! lol

manatita44 from london on January 03, 2020:

A brilliant piece of writing and fun too. I was there with you in the puddles, giving funny winks to the angels and reminiscing on the bad old days when I was on a leash as well. An excellent piece of diversion, or so I like to call it in poetry. It adds to the piece.

Funny that Tobby is so trusting and yet so disobedient. Well, we can't have it all Bro. A sublime work!

RoadMonkey on January 03, 2020:

Glad to join you. It has stopped raining here, bit of sunshine too.

Suzie from Carson City on January 03, 2020:

Bro....Another wonderful walk with you & "the kids."......WET, but wonderful. I'm glad I brought along my umbrella....I think I may have stayed in the truck, had I not. Then of course, I'd have missed out on most of the fun.

Whatever the weather or mood, these walks have become a special part of my schedule and I so appreciate being welcomed to come along.

"It's a Wonderful World." We only need to embrace what matters. I'll always believe this...........Keep on creating your 2020 magic!

Love, Sis

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 03, 2020:

Thank you for this wonderful reminder of total acceptance and laughter at realities we encounter. Your laughter is contagious. I seemed to have forgotten to laugh the past few weeks. Am back in the Philippines adjusting to the weather here and the temptation is to complain rather than accept what each day brings.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on January 02, 2020:

Well, Maggie and Toby, you are two lucky doggies. Not every parent would make sure their "fur kids" get a walk come rain or shine. Maggie, I know where you're coming from because I sniff out people just like you. It's a trust thing, right?

Now, Toby, if you want freedom from the leash, for goodness sake, mind your manners. Obedience brings "good boy" which feels good all over.

Wishing you all an awesome New Year.

Scratching you both in just the right places.

Love,

Audrey

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 02, 2020:

I love living in the Pacific Northwest region of the continent, but we certainly have to get used to rain. The weather forecast predicted snow for us today. We didn't get it, but I noticed that cars descending a hill near my home were covered with snow.

Maggie and Toby sound like lovely dogs. I hope Toby's behavior improves soon. I expect your walks will be even more enjoyable then!

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on January 02, 2020:

These shared walks always give me so much pleasure and a real feeling of hope. Thank you, Billy.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 02, 2020:

Your walks are quite a time filled with refection.

Thank you for sharing your stories with us.

I have heard about the rain from a couple who traveled to Hawaii for their anniversary only to be greeted with it each day. They are on their way back now, but a bit disappointed with the weather they encountered.

Having the right clothing to walk in surely helps and your dogs seemed to not mind once you got them started walking.

I, too, have heard about the cherubs being sad.

Great write. May this New Year bring you some wonderful walks and reflections on life.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 02, 2020:

"Just a man and his dogs, walking down a country road" and teaching us lessons on acceptance, attitudes and what's really important about life. Thanks for sharing!

Liz Westwood from UK on January 02, 2020:

I used to try and avoid going out in heavy rain, but now I find myself volunteering for dog-walking, whatever the weather. You are right. Umbrellas are definitely out. I need hands free for the lead and the ball. After a few experiences of an over-friendly labrador greeting strangers on our walks with his muddy paws, I have learnt to put him back on his lead when I see anyone coming towards us. A good coat and boots and I'm almost as happy as him to be splashing through muddy puddles and driving rain!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 02, 2020:

I look forward to our walks, rain or not. Although like you, give me sunshine all day, everyday. I tend to get depressed when it's gloomy. You sharing walks with Toby and Maggie cheers me up . Thanks for taking me along..

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on January 02, 2020:

Bill, I did not expect to jump into the way-back machine this morning, but I can hear the jingle "KJR Seattle, channel 95" as I write this. I also didn't plan on venturing out today as the firehose that's the Pineapple Express hits us full force, but I'm glad I did. Always happy to join you and the pups.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 02, 2020:

I’m glad you didn’t let the rain stop you. Maybe Toby can get the same training his sister received. It’s sweet how you describe your dogs. Loving and accepting.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 02, 2020:

Thank you again, Nellieanna! I will tell Maggie and Toby you approve of them. They will be delighted.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on January 02, 2020:

Love your walks with the dogs, Bill. This was your turn to crack me up with your four-legged hydroplanes! Besides our writing, we have the rain in common. But you are fortunate that you and the dogs can walk in the rain. It is a rare rainy day that we would dare walk in that type of rain here because most of our rain is accompanied by thunderstorms. Too much lightening. So I'll just enjoy accompanying you, Maggie and Toby on your rainy walks.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 02, 2020:

Nellieanna, it is so nice to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by...droughts are not something we worry much about here. :)

Shaloo Walia from India on January 02, 2020:

Walking the dogs is so much fun. Dogs are the best antidote to stress. I used to have two dogs, a Pomeranian and a Pug but one of them is no more with us. He was such a playful and adorable dog. My pug is the laziest dog in the world. He loves his sleep the most.

Nell Rose from England on January 02, 2020:

I love the way you talk about your walks with your dogs. It's so magical, and I guess Washington is called that because it's washed out most of the time? lol! We had that rain for about 3 months over here, luckily it's stopped now, just grey with a day here and there of pure blue.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on January 02, 2020:

What a readable and enjoyable account, Bill. I came from an area in SW Texas in which drought was common and rain was a cause for celebration! But too much of anything becomes burdensome! Your doggie companion is sheer joy!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 02, 2020:

Thank you Susan! I'm about to put on my rain coat and take them out again. I, for one, am ready for spring.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 02, 2020:

John, we are all following the horrific problems you have in Australia. I pray you stay safe and your country receives some wet relief soon. Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year to you.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 02, 2020:

Shannon, you and Daisy are welcome any old time. Funny about dogs and baths...Maggie absolutely hates the bath. Weird considering she has never met a puddle she didn't like. lol

Nellieanna Hay on January 02, 2020:

Ohmygosh. I came from an area iin SW Texas where severe droughts threaten everything. We pray for rain and feel blessed when it happens. But I can fully sympathize with having too much of it.

Your report here is so readable and enjoyable, Bill!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 02, 2020:

Pamela, just the word "spring" makes me feel better. I'm getting ready to take the dogs for an early walk today because another round of rain is due here by noon. Sigh!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 02, 2020:

Mr.Happy, I'll take all the noroc I can get, thank you very much. I like what you said about the eighty year old and the younger generation. I'm seventy-one, and my money is betting on the youth. :)

Peace and blessings to you, my friend.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on January 02, 2020:

Rain or no rain, I always enjoy these walks.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2020:

This was a wonderful walk, Bill, and apart from accompanying you Maggie and Toby, it was because it was in the rain. I am sure you have seen on the news or Facebook etc the situation we are in here in Australia with fires. It has been described in some areas as “Apocalyptic.” Nothing like it has been experience before. I read that half a billion animals have died including approx 800,000 koalas, and some species may face extinction after this is over. How they can estimate this I have no idea.

We have had less than 1/4 of our average yearly rainfall in 2019. I pray to God we get the rain this year that we missed out on last..and soon. Thank you for the walk.

Shannon Henry from Texas on January 02, 2020:

A walk in the rain can be fun when in good company. Your simple enjoyment most definitely makes this walk a worthwhile one, despite the rain.....Next time, I will bring Daisy along. She hates taking a bath...will growl and protest with ball her weight and strength. I mean, if I can get her in the tub, she's fine. But it's a one in the million chance, it seems, that I get her in the tub. However, she will run through a puddle with total abandon, especially if it means she gets to chase another animal. Oh, and then she comes inside. You guessed it - no bath. So last time the kids didn't dry her off. She went to his bed to clean herself off. My son was not as amused by that as I was. Haha

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 02, 2020:

I always enjoy reading about your walks and while I would love to see Toby and Maggie run around I will skip the walk through the puddles and the rain. LOL As they say, "This too will pass." Spring weather will be a delight and appreciated.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on January 02, 2020:

"Have you ever noticed that not all dogs like all people equally?" - Haha!! We're not much different in that aspect.Different creatures have different personalities.

"Trust your gut" - After the invasion of Iraq I do not like this saying anymore. Dubbya trusted "his gut" (he said so publicly) and look where that got us. Yes, Intuition should be followed but only by those who know Intuition from Indigestion.

"It’s all about acceptance and a change of attitude" - If we do not adapt, we die. Supposedly, we humans are good at adapting. Doesn't seem like so when You see all these people (Americans that is) wanting their 1950s and 1960s back. I watched an elderly lady talking the other day about younger people. I pointed it her out to my father. She was talking about how she was concerned for the future of civilization and I said to my father (who is 73): "No disrespect to the elderly but they should stop "worrying" about the future in relation to how the young wish to live their lives. Who has more of a future, someone in their 80s (as the lady in question), or someone in their 30s? We certainly wish to live different lives and in different environments than our babyboomer parents/grandparents.

"Obedience? What Obedience?" - lol Just felt like putting this on, after the above paragraph. I do not do obedience well LOL

You have yourself a marvelous weekend ahead! Noroc! (That means "good luck" in Romanian. Well, it means just "luck" literally but the meaning is of "good luck". That's how we say it.)