Don’t get stuck in a rut with your mutt: explore somewhere beautiful with your canine companion.
Routines can be the death of stimulation. We’re all guilty of indulging in routine behaviour, it’s comforting for both us and our dogs – but it simply isn’t healthy. Office workers who walk their dogs in the morning and evening (All dogs should be walked twice a day, regardless of age or fitness) are often limited by time restrictions. They have to get up, eat, shower and walk their dogs – all before jumping in the car to get to work. You can’t blame them for taking the easy out. When the day’s done, they’re tired, so the dog gets taken on the same work as he went on in the morning. Two walks a day, what more could a dog want?
Well, your dog needs a variety of stimulation. Not just throughout the day but throughout the entirety of the week and their lives. A dog’s world is much smaller than ours. All that exists for them is your home and your regular walk. Imagine being trapped in a just a few square metres of land each day, the only real freedom you get is the same stretch of land – your life is rigorously scheduled and each day blurs into one. Sound familiar?
If it does, then there’s a good chance that you’re in need of some simulation too. If you’re trapped in the same 9-5 grind, walking the same walk and living in the same spaces, then you’re going to feel just as unstimulated as your pet. Routine can lead to boredom, boredom can lead to depression and depression can lead down a very dark path indeed.
Don’t let yourself slip into a routine. Life is about change. Without it, we can’t progress as individuals and we lapse into a state of stasis – whilst the rest of the world surges forward without us.
Have you ever felt that you’re being left behind in life? Like your friends/colleagues/family are moving on through life without you? When was the last time you made a change in your life?
There will be those that say you’re fine. You’re doing great. You’ve got your job/house/money/wife/husband/kids what more could you want?
Don’t listen to them. ‘Fine’ is not OK. ‘Great’ is not OK. Why stop reaching for more, just because you’ve attained the trappings of a conventional lifestyle?
Contentment is not the goal of life. Never stop pushing yourself. Don’t stop reaching for the next rung on the ladder. Will yourself to be better with each passing day.
When a dog likes to swim, it seems, a dog loves to swim. A swimming dog can seem to be really having a hell of a lot of fun. And I believe them! I believe that they are enjoying themselves and enjoying themselves a hell of a lot. As humans grow older we tend to rid ourselves of joy, we tend to numb ourselves to simple pleasures, we tend to get rushed and goal orientated, we stop appreciating things for their immediate pleasures. Pleasures that last only in their moment. Pleasures that do not accumulate into profit. Moments of joy do accumulate through, they accumulate into a good life, they accumulate into happiness.
And happiness is the goal surely. I mean whatever, it’s not for me to prescribe a goal onto anyone else’s life, but when you see these rich old people who are still tirelessly (by which I mean they are in denial about there complete tiredness that is eating them away from the inside) still adding to their wild accumulated wealth you just think: what is this for? Where is this going? You are going to die soon! You’ve just come into this world and been a vessel for money to pass into and out off and now you will deflate and die and the money will remain. Because the money isn’t ‘your’ money, nothing is ‘yours’ its definition is not ‘the money of Paul’ or whatever. The wealth you accumulate exists entirely independently of you, you are just sucking on its teet, you are a Limpit on the bottom of a ship. When you die and peal yourself off the hull and sink to the ocean floor the ship will be none the wiser. It will keep ploughing on just as capital keeps ploughing on. Your an insignificant passenger on your wealth, not a master of it.
When you die all that wealth will sit there without you. All your accumulated moments will sit there, useless to you now. But what if you spent those moments achieving joy? What about swimming with your dog and laughing and huffing and puffing and seeing the look in their eyes when they jump in? Now that is fun! That is living in allowing a moment be there in your life just for itself and just for you. That’s living.
When it comes to swimming your dog there up some guiders you should follow. Dogs can get into trouble in water just like anyone else, so you might want to consider a doggy life jacket. You should also take it easy the first time and let your dog lead you in what its ready for. Also, if you have a pool you should make sure you get the best safety covers for swimming pools available, as a dog falling into a swimming pool is a very different thing to a dog going swimming with a watching owner. So yeah, be careful, but most of all have fun!
“What is to be human? What is to ache? What is it to be alive? Each person you speak to has had a day, some of the days have been good, some bad. Each person you speak to has had a childhood, each has a body, each body has aches. Look for what is special in each individual, focus on that. Remember there is someone out there for everyone.”
From ‘Anomalisa’ written by Charlie Kaufman
There is someone out there for everyone. And for everyone else, there’s a dog. Your dog can be your someone, my Rowan is certainly my someone these days, and that is just fine by me. I love him and he loves me back. I care for him, and he cares for me in so many ways.
Each person you speak to has had a childhood, each has a body, each body has aches
My body has aches. Literal aches, I have bad knees and a bad neck, when I wake up I feel stiff and awkward, uncomfortable and pained. Recently I found my self a physiotherapist, it turns out that in Liverpool Physiotherapy is pretty competitive, and there are some great people out there doing fantastic work, my new physiotherapist works out of a gym that I also use, and it is going really well(check them out: http://www.thetreatmenttable.com/).
Self love is important. And your dog is important. And loving your dog is important. What does your dog need? Well, I noticed Rowan walking a little strangely in the morning recently so I thought to myself: Why aren’t there physiotherapists for dogs? And, it transpires, the answer to that is: There are physiotherapists for dogs! How fantastic is that! Now I can get Rowan the real care and attention than he needs and deserves. I just need to find one who comes well recommended. So I’m on the look out!…
A story of a relationship, a story of a friendship, a story of companionship. A story of a woman, a dog and a whole load of happiness. For many years, my best friend was a beautiful dog called Rowan. Rowan was my closest companion and helped me get through some of the hardest parts of my life, after while of our time together I realised that I wanted to do more than just go for walks or sit on the sofa with Rowan, I wanted to pursue other activities with my beautiful Rowan. I wanted to get out there and have fun!
So, I set about finding new and exiting ways that me and Rowan could enjoy our time together. I wanted Rowan to have a whole new world, and this was a gateway to a whole new world for the both of us. So this is what ‘Rowan’s Gate’ is all about. It is Rowan opening the gateway for all pets and their owners to enjoy life in a new way. Rowan loved his life, and he loved meeting other dogs and other people. I think that there’s space in our lives for this gate to be opened to all pets and all pet owners.
And that is what Rowan’s Gate is all about! It’s going to be me and as many other contributors as I can find talking about new ways you can enjoy your time with your pets, as well as other pet news, views and reviews. I loved Rowan, and I love all my new pets. And I think that there can be so much more to the relationship most people have with their pets. You just got to think creatively! And keep checking up on what we’re going to be suggesting here on Rowansgate!