I’ve Pet That Dog

I had to share it. The photos and captions below are from Gideon’s “I’ve Pet That Dog!” account on Instagram. You can find him on Twitter too (with over 206,000 followers). He’s 10 years old. I’m jealous.

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“I pet Oscar. He is a 5 year old Maltichon. Oscar gets frustrated when he doesn’t get attention, so he plops down on the laptop. He likes to give kisses. Oscar goes to doggy daycare to get out his energy and play. Oscar’s caregiver says he is the friendliest dog she has ever met.‬”

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“I pet Roxy and Miya. Roxy, on the left, is 6 and Miya, on the right, is 10 months old. Roxy was adopted from the Humane Society. She was one of the dogs who had been there the longest. Her caregivers were told she would never like other dogs. Now she and Miya are best friends.‬ Miya is an adventurous dog. She and Roxy have hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. Miya once jumped into a fast moving creek. Her caregiver had to run downstream and jump into the creek to rescue her. He said the water was so cold, he couldn’t feel his legs.”

cooper - ive pet that dog

“I pet Cooper. He is a 7 year old Lab and is littermates with Dutch. Cooper is a busybody. He wants to see what everyone is doing and be a part of it. He loves to chew on bones. Cooper also likes to protect his yard by chasing out the rabbits and deer.”

adopt a rescue

“I pet Millie. She is a 6 year old dog who was rescued in KY. She was brought north for adoption by @mobilemuttsrescue. Millie was pregnant and gave birth in her foster home before her caregiver adopted her. Millie has a maternal instinct and is very good with her family’s 3 year old.”

zoe - i pet this dog

“I pet Zoe. She is a 12 year old Yorkie. She is playful and loves kids. Zoe is very daring. She will chase rabbits, even though they are bigger than she is. She will even chase much larger dogs. Zoe likes to ride on her caregiver’s shoulder, like a parrot.”

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“I pet Huxley. He is a 2 year old pound special. He is a mix of many breeds. He is a laid-back, happy dog. His caregiver teaches at a university and often brings Huxley to class. Huxley seems to know when students are stressed and goes to them so they can pet him.”

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The Golden Opportunity

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“Do not waste time dreaming of great faraway opportunities; do the best you can where you are. Open your petals of power and beauty and fling out the fragrance of your life in the place that has been assigned to you.”

“There is inestimable blessing in a cheerful spirit. When the soul throws its windows wide open, letting in the sunshine, and presenting to all who see it the evidence of its gladness, it is not only happy, but it has an unspeakable power of doing good.”

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.”

“A will finds a way.”

“Enthusiasm will steady the heart and strengthen the will; it will give force to the thought and nerve to the hand until what was only a possibility becomes a reality.”

“Our destiny changes with our thought; we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, when our habitual thought corresponds with our desire.”

“The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.”

“Our thoughts and imagination are the only real limits to our possibilities.”

“We make the world we live in and shape our own environment.”

All quotes by Orison Swett Marden

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Ann & Jane Plant Perfection!

Jane Ann Esselstyn

I can’t get enough of these two! Cooking shows really aren’t my favorite thing to watch, but I’ll watch Ann & Jane Esselstyn any time of day. They make me laugh, plus they eat pretty close to the foods I prefer. And I just love that they are down to earth and keep all ‘mistakes’ in their show.

See who wins the oatmeal battle…

Jane tells Ann to eat out of the compost bin!

This looks like something I would make…

Typical bickering from them that I love!

Lots of fun facts in this one…

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The End You Live For

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“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.”

“We have what we seek, it is there all the time, and if we give it time, it will make itself known to us.”

“The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.”

“We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.”

“What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous.”

“A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.”

“We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have – for their usefulness.”

All quotes by Thomas Merton

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Answering Random Questions

answering random questions

Who makes you laugh more than anyone?

Sam, a female White Golden Retriever that I adore.

What did your mother teach you?

To be unconditionally loving.

What activity do you do that makes you feel most like yourself?

Meditating. (Also dancing, but I don’t do it often.)

If you had a clone, what would you have the clone do?

Clean and organize.

What’s the best sound in the world?

A brood of chicks. It’s the most angelic sound I’ve ever heard.

What’s perfect about your life?

The fact that my dog is healthy and thriving. I’m so grateful for it!

When were you most afraid?

When my dog was extremely sick.

What do you cook better than anyone?

Sauces and dressings.

What’s the biggest mistake you ever made?

Not being kind to myself in my youth and neglecting my health for decades.

What’s the first concert you attended?

The Smiths, shortly after the Meat Is Murder album was released.

Where do you most hope to visit?

Tokyo, Japan.

What’s your dream job?

To be paid to be me.

What is your most-used emoji?

The cluster of stars.

What’s the first career you dreamed of having as a kid?

Ceramicist.

What’s one of your favorite memories?

Camping on the beach in the Bahamas.

Who, or what, was your biggest teacher?

Life.

What’s one thing you’re certain of?

Death.

What does success mean to you?

Unstoppable joy.

Where is your happy place?

Next to my dog, Pen.

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Happy Little Goats

baby goats

This account is too cute not to share. The photos are from @itsagoatslife on Instagram. I can’t get enough of these little guys!

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James Baldwin quote

“Most people live in almost total darkness… people, millions of people whom you will never see, who don’t know you, never will know you, people who may try to kill you in the morning, live in a darkness which — if you have that funny terrible thing which every artist can recognize and no artist can define — you are responsible to those people to lighten, and it does not matter what happens to you. You are being used in the way a crab is useful, the way sand certainly has some function. It is impersonal. This force which you didn’t ask for, and this destiny which you must accept, is also your responsibility. And if you survive it, if you don’t cheat, if you don’t lie, it is not only, you know, your glory, your achievement, it is almost our only hope — because only an artist can tell, and only artists have told since we have heard of man, what it is like for anyone who gets to this planet to survive it. What it is like to die, or to have somebody die; what it is like to be glad. Hymns don’t do this, churches really cannot do it. The trouble is that although the artist can do it, the price that he has to pay himself and that you, the audience, must also pay, is a willingness to give up everything, to realize that although you spent twenty-seven years acquiring this house, this furniture, this position, although you spent forty years raising this child, these children, nothing, none of it belongs to you. You can only have it by letting it go. You can only take if you are prepared to give, and giving is not an investment. It is not a day at the bargain counter. It is a total risk of everything, of you and who you think you are, who you think you’d like to be, where you think you’d like to go — everything, and this forever, forever.”

Quote by James Baldwin, from the book The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings

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