“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” - Dr. Seuss

This week has been a heart wrenching week, I had to say goodbye to a dear friend, I put my dog to sleep on Monday. Zodiac had an amazing life, spanning two continents endless miles of hiking mountain biking and running in the ebb and flow of the oceans. Breaking this news to our daughters was just as hard as letting him go. Zodiac was 14 years old, Strong, Beautiful, and hilariously terrified of plastic bags flying in the streets.  

Travel well my friend,  life sure isn't the same without you. I miss you.

Zodiac 1998-2012 Cheers Buddy.

The love and heart warming affection that poured in from you all, my friends near and far was overwhelming, and a blessing. It is your words I borrowed when words couldn't make their way out of my mouth, and once again I was reminded that this hard time is the unspoken promise we give our four legged fury friends when they come into our lives, and how the simple and pure advice from good old Dr. Seuss can ring true, altho I did my best to follow his advice, I could not hold back the tears.

We donated his beds leashes and food trays to the humane society, it was a good way to get the kids to get some closure, and to see how their dog is still vital even when not among us.

Today I  needed to re charge and move on, and what better then a swim at the local municipal pool. It was a moment of sheer joy and surprised to find the outdoor Fitness (olympic) pool open, being a cool cloudless clear fall day, I was ready for the indoor grind of warm and busy 25meter lanes. This outdoor pool is large, deep and crystal clear, its not new and had many leaves at different stages of their descent to the bottom, this just added to the sense of depth and size. The sun soothed my back, and a swift relaxing pace came easy as I gazed at submerged leaves sparkling in the water, it was like swimming in a Monet work of art. I swam for over an hour inhaling and exhaling in no rush but in total tune with an internal relentless pendulum, the slower I stroked the faster I seemed to glide, it was the best swim of my life. One would think that would take place in a crystal clear mountain lake, or a glassy sunset lit lagoon, nope... this one was at a municipal pool, in Rockville. I guess I needed it.

Needles to say this wasn't a great week for image creation, but images have been seen and felt, and will find their way to my view finder, no doubt.   N.

Chanting for a good rebirth, and asking all the Enlightened Ones to protect him on his journey.         Namaste.

Chanting for a good rebirth, and asking all the Enlightened Ones to protect him on his journey.