Travels With Maggie: Unrestrained and Free

Updated on August 12, 2020

Where the Wonders Begin

The driveway isn’t long, maybe forty feet at most. It is made of poured concrete and there is absolutely nothing distinctive or special about it.

But step off that driveway and you step into the World of Wonder, and that’s what we are doing today.

Won’t you join us?

Our Maggie girl!
Our Maggie girl!

The Oddness Which Is Maggie

It’s a beautiful day we have here in Olympia, Washington, right around eighty, a slight breeze, fluffy white overhead, dinosaurs and horses and human shapes drifting by from 30,000 feet, available for all to see provided you have an imagination.

Petunias are getting leggy on this August afternoon. Cornstalks stand tall in some yards, potatoes are flowering, wisteria climbs the trunks of massive firs, little children run through sprinklers, shrieking, and walkers fight off advancing age in this city landscape I’ve called home now for thirty years.

Maggie is tugging at the leash. Toby is on his best behavior.

Shall we?

Maggie is a weird one. I’ve said it previously, several times, and I’ll repeat: I love my girl, but she’s unbalanced on the best of days. Example?

Put her on a leash and she’s aggressive towards other dogs and anyone riding by on a skateboard or bicycle. Take her off leash and she is completely docile, the sweetest dog you could ever hope to be around, eager to play with strange dogs and not caring a lick if a skateboard goes by.

On leash, snarl; off leash, wag tail!

Go figure!

I have this theory if you’d care to hear it.

Tobias the Wild!
Tobias the Wild!

It’s All About Freedom

Bev and I agree on this theory: Maggie does not like giving up her freedom. She feels threatened on-leash. She feels free and safe off-leash.

On-leash she feels as though she has no control. Off-leash she feels unencumbered by restraints and owner interference.

I don’t think I would have thought of it if it hadn’t been for the big “face mask” controversy we see in today’s world.

I know, I know, that sounds like quite a stretch, but hang with me for a moment.

Face Masks

There are so many out there who simply refuse to wear a face mask during this pandemic. At first it baffled me, then it angered me, but finally I figured it out. Those who don’t wear face masks, almost to a person, say they do not believe the government should dictate how they live their lives. Many have even gone so far as to say it is their Constitutional right not to wear face masks, a bit of a stretch for sure, but anytime someone in the U.S. feels one of their rights is being threatened, they always refer to that nebulous document, the United States Constitution, as proof-positive that they are right and just.

Some of you may poo-poo this concept, especially if you are a resident of some other country, but I assure you that in the United States, personal freedoms are a massive topic guaranteed to bring on an argument.

Just take gun control for an example.

GUNS

You’ve probably heard we have a gun controversy in the good old U.S of A. Mass shootings always ignite a firestorm of arguments. Some call for elimination of street-sweepers and other overkill weapons, while others say this is an infringement against their Constitutional rights to bear arms.

Now I don’t think for a second that gun advocates really believe that Americans need an AK-47 for protection. I would submit to you that if you can’t stop what you need to stop with a .44 Magnum handgun, you probably shouldn’t even have a gun, but that’s beside the point. No, the gun advocates really aren’t arguing about any particular type of gun; they are concerned that one restriction will lead to another restriction which will lead to total loss of that one particular freedom.

We also see it with freedom of speech. We see that particular can of worms almost daily on the news. People should be allowed to say whatever the hell they want to say, and if it hurts your feelings well that’s just too bad – but some free speech can go too far, or so says the Supreme Court, and then restrictions are imposed, and free speech is abridged, and once you start messing with freedoms, people feel threatened.

Maggie would understand that way of thinking completely.

The Quiet of a Pandemic

It’s not so obvious now, but three months ago our neighborhood was very, very quiet. Most people were inside, concerned about the virus and unwilling to venture outside. It’s not quite that way now but still, compared to a year ago, these walks are conducted in a muffled world. Oh, the robins still sing, and dogs still bark, but the background noise of everyday living is much-less intrusive. Fewer lawn mowers, fewer chain saws, fewer outdoor parties, and truth be told I’m fine with it. I like the quiet. I love hearing nature and nothing else. The squirrels chittering and chattering, the crackle of dry brush as a rabbit flees into the woods, the babble of the brook as we pass by, and the subtle sounds of wind brushing tree limbs as it progresses west to east, destination New York and beyond.

I am at home with the quiet. I embrace it, and so does Maggie. Toby, he’s still a puppy, still full of adventure and rambunctious spirit, a tornado with legs, so noise is all right for him, but me and Maggie, we can sit in quiet, without leashes on either of us, and we are content and unthreatened.

It’s all so damned complicated but still, pretty simple and not complicated at all.

We all want to be free!

A line from a poem, written long ago, something like “what more could please the soul than to walk free and know no superior,” and Maggie would be a huge fan of that poet if she understood English.

Freedom!
Freedom!

And so the Walk Continues

Past the lawnmowers and weedwhackers, past the pruners and the car-washers, past the mothers playing with children and the retirees resting under the shade of porches, hello, Mary, nice day, Bob, love the weather, Pete, onward we walk through the Northeast Neighborhood of Olympia, Washington, population 54,000 in a corner of the United States, 54,000 out of eight billion, unique, all, but not so terribly different than all others . . . just one man with two dogs, a common man, common dogs, a scene replayed over and over again, here and elsewhere, continuity among complexities.

And I like that too!

I stop, bend down, give Maggie and Toby a pat on their heads, sit down on the grass under an alder tree, and tell them they are good dogs. Toby licks my face. Maggie rests her head in my lap, safety with her human, earlier concerns about freedom gone for the moment. A warm brush of wind blows by, the leaves rustle, and in my seventy-first year I am reminded of just how good life is. I wish my best friend, Frank, gone now for six months, could be sitting with me, laughing with me. I wish my dad, gone now for fifty years, could be sitting with me, telling me everything will be all right.

But I have my dogs, and when we get home, I’ll have my wife, and that’s pretty damned good.

Thank you for joining us! Me, Maggie, and Toby, we appreciate your company.

Until next time, at the edge of the driveway, where the wonders begin, be safe and please, do all things with love.

Bill

2020 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much for joining us, Brenda! I talk to those from the past as well. It brings me great comfort to do so.

      My wife? Without her I would be a mess...no lie!

      Have a wonderful week, my friend.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      3 weeks ago from Washington Court House

      Bill,

      A wonderful walk today. I did enjoy reading about your adventures with Maggie & Toby.

      There is something to be said for freedom that I guess Maggie totally gets since she is sweet with no leash.

      No one likes being told what they cannot do. It kinda makes one want to do it.

      I often wish those from my past were here with me now...I still do talk with them occasionally as if they were.

      I love that you are so grateful for your wife also.

      Until next time...enjoy each moment of life. Give hugs to your babies...Maggie & Toby.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      It baffles many of us in the U.S., Nithya! It is beyond my comprehension why they insist on the risk.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 weeks ago from Dubai

      Maggie embraces freedom and is happy when unleashed, I totally understand but people refusing to wear masks when they know it can save lives us what baffles me. I enjoyed the walk and your valuable thought processes, thank you for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Mona! It is a wonderful day in my neighborhood for sure, my friend, and I thank you for joining us on our walk. Be well, be safe, and be happy.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda. I hope you are enjoying this lovely summer of ours.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 weeks ago from Philippines

      Hi Bill, I love your essay, especially with this crazy pandemic going on. I love your suggestion that we should "do all things with love." Your essay gave me the same feeling inside that I had when I watched the Tom Hanks movie, "It's a wonderful day in the neighborhood" which was about Mr. Rogers. Hope you and Bev stay safe and stay healthy and strong during this time of the pandemic. Give Maggie and Toby a hug for me too, please.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your theory about Maggie's behavior is interesting. Thanks for sharing another enjoyable and thought-provoking article about walking with your dogs, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Ha ha, Dora! Good one, my friend. Thank you for chugging along with us.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      It's a fascinating, bizarre, and frustrating time we live in. Some Americans do seem to have trouble being told what to do.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      You and Maggie conjured up some serious topics today. Well, you do have the freedom to do so.

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      Shannon Henry 

      5 weeks ago from Texas

      I agree, but I have seen a meme going around about the word "mandate" being used when it comes to the masks. It's like your theory about the dog on the leash versus a dog who is free and less afraid, less protective. compensating for less control...whatever the "less" is.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      It was my pleasure, Umesh. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      We appreciate you joining us, Meg. You are welcome any old time.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for joining us, Pamela. Stay cool and safe in sunny Florida.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      It's my overactive mind, Liz. I'm happy that you enjoy it. I do go off on tangents occasionally, don't I? lol

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to hear you are doing well, Devika, with the virus. Keep wearing that mask and hopefully it will not be necessary in 2021.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheez, Zulma, that was rotten about the suicide. So damned young. I hate to hear things like that. I've lost a couple friends that way, and it always saddens me deeply.

      Glad your daughter is all right now.

      And I definitely agree with you about pets. A house needs pets, period!

      Happy Weekend my friend!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Becky, I actually have nothing against guns. I am all for people owning shotgun and handguns. I really am. I just don't understand street-sweepers. Seems like a bit of an overkill to me. Can you imagine going after a rattlesnake with an AK-47? lol

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh hell, Val, there may not be a connection at all. I'm just a creative writer who goes where my muse takes me. It doesn't have to make sense. lol

      Thanks for joining us. Stay safe, stay healthy, and join us any old time you want.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Better safe than sorry, Shannon, is what it's all about. If there is a one percent chance I can protect people by wearing one, I'm willing to stay on the side of caution. I would hope everyone thinks like that, but obviously they don't.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, oddly, wearing a mask doesn't bother me. I thought it would, but it's just something I do naturally now when I'm in public. Not on walks, of course, but anytime I go shopping somewhere. I just slip it on, do my business, and then take it off in the car. No big thing to me, and it's beyond me why people want to make it an issue.

      Your story isn't unique, my friend. I think that happens quite often. Some people never really show symptoms. I bet I would be like that. Heck, I've been extra tired for months. Maybe I have it and don't know it. Now that's a bit scary to think about, eh?

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Frustration for sure, Flourish. Bev's brother is like that; we've solved that by not allowing him to visit us as long as he's railing against masks.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Peggy, I don't know how you guys do that heat thing in Texas. It's supposed to be 98 here on Sunday, and I'm hot just thinking about it. lol

      Have a great weekend, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      She is that, Linda; a bit unbalanced at times, but a free-spirit for sure. :) Stay cool and safe!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I'm laughing...bra-less and barefoot. Perfect description of Maggie. I'll be laughing about that all weekend. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      No big deal for sure, Ann; but curious. Definitely safe!

      bill

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      5 weeks ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Well shared. The walk with a purposeful talk. Thanks.

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      RoadMonkey 

      5 weeks ago

      I'm right there with Maggie! Another great walk.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      You covered the topic of freedom very well using several examples. I think you definitely have Maggie figured out. It sounds like Toby is calmer as he gets older. The weather is perfect and the walk was lovely, so thank you.

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      Liz Westwood 

      5 weeks ago from UK

      I really appreciate the way you develop a line of thought from your dog walk and then apply it across a wide range of life issues. This is such a topical and relevant hub, stretching far beyond the bounds of a walk around the neighbourhood.

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      Devika Primic 

      5 weeks ago

      In Croatia we are fine with the virus. Masks are worn when shopping that's about it. An interesting hub and your walks with Maggie always has a great lesson.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      5 weeks ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Bill.

      I think I understand how Maggie feels. I wore a face mask for the first time ever a couple of weeks ago and I finally get why a lot of people don't like them. I was fine for the first couple of minutes but then I started feeling claustrophobic and anxious. I did my shopping as quick as I could and practically tore that mask off when I got outside. Sweet freedom.

      It's been a busy 24 hours at the homestead. My oldest daughter sent a voicemail saying a friend of hers from secondary school had committed suicide this weekend gone. She was only 30 and left behind three children. The poor girl. My daughter's voice was shaky so I called her immediately and just listened while she talked about her. I think it helped her deal with her grief.

      Later on, both my daughters went for a long walk yesterday, easily the hottest day of the year so far, and my youngest came down with heat exhaustion. I've been keeping her supplied with water bottles, a fan and a bucket. When she was finally steady enough to stand, I ran her a cool bath to soak in.

      It's nice to know that, despite their independent natures, they still need their Mom.

      On a lighter note, my son and his girlfriend moved in together a few months ago and are talking about getting a puppy. He said we could babysit it when they go on holidays. Keeping my fingers crossed. I would so love to have a dog again even if it's only for a week or two. My husband's not so keen and half-jokingly said he would join them on their holidays. I know he wants to have a nice home, but the way I see it, a house without a pet around just isn't a home.

      Thanks for letting me tag along, Bill. Please give Maggie and Toby a pat for me and enjoy the rest of your day.

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      Becky Katz 

      5 weeks ago from Hereford, AZ

      Bill, I have a couple of guns. One is a shotgun, and the other a .40 cal handgun. They are useful for different things. The shotgun is best if shooting something really close and your hands are shaking. The handgun is better if you are further away, and not shaking. I practice so when I need to use them, I am less nervous. Automatic reflexes are nice. My sons will either be right out or send someone out to collect bodies and not waste the meat. They love to throw them in a pit and cook them. Never just throw something like that away. If you shoot it, use it type thing.

      My younger boy is staying with me right now, and he has a 65 pound dog, that is a hunter. He is very protective of my yard. He has chased all kinds of wildlife out of it. I really enjoy the wildlife most of the time. Just prefer it to be non-aggressive.

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      Val Karas 

      5 weeks ago from Canada

      Hi Bill -- When it's about masks and freedoms issue, I don't see much of a connection there. With my personal sense of self-discipline, I am not allowing myself too much freedom. Like, when they say:"Always listen to your body" -- I laugh. For, if I did, I would still be drinking my six pack of beer, smoking two packs a day, having an enormous amount of coffee, and eating whatever my bossy body would demand.

      So, needless to say, if something is a justified social regulation -- I see it as good as driving on the right side of the road, no questions asked.

      But I have a problem with my mental marriage with logicalness. So two things "bother me" (a figure of speech, because, remember?, I am a self-disciplinarian, and I don't let my nerves play games with me).

      First, it's the number of fatalities from corona virus, as compared to the one of regular flu season fatalities. They appear to be about the same. And if any of those conspiracy theories are as true as they sound logical, there is an interest somewhere that corona victims get horribly popularized, like no one is dying anymore from anything else, including old age.

      So, my logicalness is asking this simple question. If -- with same number of dead cases -- yearly flu was never qualified as a "pandemic threatening our extinction" -- why corona???

      And my second question is about masks and corona's being pronounced as "airborne". Come on, people, it doesn't take a pathologist to tell us that mask is totally useless if a virus is airborne. For, who is saying that corona only chooses all other locations, but stays clear of your home? Then it's in your bedroom, in your bathroom, everywhere -- so why focus on being protected from people who cough and sneeze? You touch something outside, and by the time you washed your hands, the little critter is all over you already. It's right there saying "peekaboo" to you while you are having your dinner or making love, little intruding bastards!

      Honest to God -- in all these months, not a single person coughed or sneezed around me.

      Again, it doesn't "bother" me to wear a mask. I just have this little problem quieting my mind when it's telling me that I am on a surreal stage playing a crazy part -- with who knows who being the scriptwriter. As for one tiny bug -- I must have had it already, but my immune system, free of stress and fear, is in a great shape to deal with it. I am 75, haven't seen a doctor in 14 years, and this tiny miserable thing won't change it.

      You see, Bill, I have to write a lot, because my English is not anything like yours, and I have to compensate for that lack with quantity. I can't stop admiring your skill and the way it represents your fine mind.

      All the best to you, my friend, and send a friendly tail wag to your four legged friends from me.

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      Shannon Henry 

      5 weeks ago from Texas

      Oh, gosh, Bill. I totally understand what you're saying and it makes sense to me and I've thought along similar lines, minus the dog metaphor. LOL. So anyway, I've never been one to get mad at someone who isn't wearing a mask, but It's no joke. Maybe there are more people dying from it. Maybe there are less. Maybe it's like the flu. Maybe it's not. Does it really matter? I mean, I can understand some arguments, particularly about children in masks not being recognized if they are abducted, but in general, it's better safe than sorry. My FIL just died from complications from coronavirus. He was on a respirator for a month and a half almost. Then he developed fungal pneumonia and never made it off the ventilator that the virus caused him to need in the first place. He saw us days before he went into the hospital. He was wearing a mask, but we weren't because we weren't expecting company to stop by, but we were all outside. So people in my family have been tested after getting sick. So far, we've all been testing negative. But how different that could've been. It makes me sad to read posts like the one Flourish just left. I mean, if you choose not to wear one around others, at the very least, have respect for those who don't want to take risks and keep your distance.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      5 weeks ago from Beautiful South

      I'll bet Maggie gets more protective of you when she is on a leash. She takes her responsibility seriously. Good Maggie. She might just fool you and wear a mask, at least I'd like to think that.

      I don't know why some people are so against masks. I don't really mind wearing one. It gives me the freedom to not wear makeup. I freckle very badly in the summertime, and I've always worn a foundation makeup as an adult. One day I forgot and applied my makeup as usual -- the first time in months -- and you could almost see my face stamped on the inside of my white disposable mask after I removed it. Since I just wear the mask for a couple of hours at a time, like grocery shopping, doctor's appointments, etc. I try to get more than one wearing out of the pricy disposables. Learned my lesson. They do get hot though.

      True story: There is a possibility that Larry and I had covid back before it was supposed to be in Arkansas. I had an appointment with my retinal specialist. Larry went with me as my driver. He started coughing, and a nurse came out and slapped a mask on him. We laughed about it, but it may not have been a laughing matter. His coughs may have spread covid into that waiting room. I've been afraid to ask. I think about that whenever someone balks at losing their freedom.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 weeks ago from USA

      So Maggie would be a non mask wearer if she were human? My brother and his whole family don’t believe in the virus and thus do not wear masks. I can’t describe the frustration. Talk to Maggie and try to impart reason. Tell her how important her leash is. You’ll probably get as far as my mother and I with my brother but well ... .

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for the imagery of dinosaurs and more in the moving clouds. It is always fun to let one's imagination loose. Thanks for sharing your walk today, and give Maggie and Toby an extra pat on the head from me. Greetings to Bev. You make us feel like family with your posts.

      As to making the wearing of masks mandatory when close to others during this pandemic, if it potentially saves lives, then I am all for it. Rules are made about other things that affect others, such as smoking indoors, wearing seatbelts when traveling in vehicles, etc. It is all done for the common good.

      We are in the middle of a heatwave down here with feel-like temperatures well above 100 each day. Ugh! I cannot wait until cooler fall temperatures arrive. That will be awhile, I am afraid. My husband and I are like moles staying in our air-conditioned house these days, and staying socially distant.

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      Linda Lum 

      5 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, I'm having a tough time comparing Maggie to those who scream that their liberties are being infringed upon. To me, they are the insolent brat on the playground -- "You can't tell me what to do!" But then there's sweet Maggie May. She's as adorable as can be--just a free spirit.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I think you're spot on with regard to Maggie's demeanor both on and off the leash. I can certainly relate. If she were a human she'd be bra-less and barefoot like the flower child she's meant to be. :-)

      The weather sounds perfect for a leisurely stroll. I love watching the skies present a moving picture book dressed in white puffy clouds. That's what I'm doing as I join you, Maggie, and Toby under the alder tree. So peaceful!

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      Ann Carr 

      5 weeks ago from SW England

      Yes, I saw a car-driver with one on the other day! I can't see the point but each to his/her own.

      Stay in the shade and keep your cool, bill!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheez, Becky, I would have a gun too if I had wild pigs and rattlesnakes nearby. Stay safe, for goodness sake! And get another German Shepherd!!!!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      The common good, Heidi! That's a phrase quite a few Americans seem to ignore these days. Such a simple phrase, but so important.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rosina! We thoroughly enjoyed your company.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Happy, I will sum up my feelings about this freedom thing with this simple statement: many of my fellow Americans drive me crazy!

      Enough said! I could go on a major rant about this freedom b.s.

      You be safe as well, my friend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! We don't have to wear masks outside either. We have some people who wear them while driving a car, which I don't understand at all, but I guess it's better to be safe than sorry.

      More heat heading our way this weekend. Oh joy! I will be a sweating, grumbling mess.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Hello Bobbi! Good to hear from you. I hope you are well. I think Smith and Wesson are very reliable friends to walk with. :)

      Be well, my friend!

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      Becky Katz 

      5 weeks ago from Hereford, AZ

      I had a German Shepherd when I was young. If she was tied, she was on guard duty. We tied her to the tent at night, and no one got in except family. When she was loose, she stayed in camp and never bothered anyone.

      I have my guns, but they are to protect from wild animals. I have had to shoot a couple of Javalina (wild pigs), they are really aggressive. They will come up on your porch and attack your door. They have attacked my little SUV, as I was driving past them. I have also had to shoot a few rattlesnakes. They do not need to take up residence under my porch. I have dogs to protect.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      5 weeks ago from Chicago Area

      I love our quiet mornings, too. It's rare we see anyone, except for a couple of neighbors with their dogs. Don't have to worry about social distancing. But I bring a mask along anyway just in case.

      Freedom must be balanced by the greater good. That's where these non-conformists get it wrong. It was the same for a long time with smoking. I remember being in offices and restaurants where it was a haze of smoke. Bleck! Thank God for indoor air pollution laws.

      Anyway, thanks for taking us with you!

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      Rosina S Khan 

      5 weeks ago

      Hi Bill, it felt good to take a walk with you and your adorable dogs and learn about freedom. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

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      Mr. Happy 

      5 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada

      You know, many people living in the States think that their guns offer potential security against a "tyrannical government". That was indeed the reason for the 2nd amendment. In 2020 that is such a romantic view of Life that I am almost left speech-less.

      How many of these Americans have lived through an actual revolution? I'd guess nearly none. On the other hand, I lived through a revolution; the real @#$% with tanks on the street, AK-47 tracers zooming around at night ... buildings looking like blocks of Swiss cheese ... sigh.

      What are people with their AR-15 going to do against the army's helicopters, armored vehicles and snipers who can take your head off from miles away? Nada but they're donkies and believe in the fairy-tale that if they hold on to their shotguns, they can stand-up to gov't forces. Ya, in the 1800s maybe, not now.

      The Revolution in Romania ended when two generals switched sides and went hunting for the dictator. It was the army who captured him, not a bunch of Romanian peasants with pitch-forks. And sigh again ... so much non-sense ... so much lack of logic and information. These Americans do amaze me on their lack of knowledge. It's stunning.

      I'm not going into the mask thing. Just keep dying down there and maybe people will learn. How #$%^ing sad ... but hey, You all have the freedom to kill yourselves and others. Glad Canadians don't think that way, or I'd be repatriating myself to Romania lol

      Alrighty, You be safe - all the best!

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      Ann Carr 

      5 weeks ago from SW England

      Great walk, bill!

      I love looking for shapes in the clouds. Then they morph into something else.

      As for freedom, I totally agree with your theory regarding a dog's freedom; they are not in control.

      As for people, many here too say it's an infringement of liberty. I wear one inside shops and I don't go in any other establishments. We don't have to wear them outside.

      However, when that 'loss of freedom' means we are safer and so are others, then I can't see the problem. I feel safer. Depends what our attitude to others is, I suppose.

      I think that Brits are more pragmatic about freedom of speech - but when pushed, oh boy!

      Your two dogs are wonderful in their contrasts.

      Enjoy your sunshine, bill! We are enjoying (or not!) a heatwave which is about to burst with horrendous thunder storms, they say. Ah well, that's fine; I don't have to go anywhere.

      Ann

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      Barbara Purvis Hunter 

      5 weeks ago from Florida

      Hi Bill,

      I am happy I live in the back woods of Florida where I can walk outside without wearing a mask. I wear a mask when I shop or if anyone visits me.

      My two best friends are Smith and Wesson and I am writing again on my 12 Blogs and HubPages.

      I still use my freedom of speech and write about our political world we live in. I hope you are well and happy. Hello to your Sweet Lady for me.

      Until Later,

      Bobbi Purvis

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