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Lessons from Barnaby

sun in forest

Barnaby loves the sun. He loves to walk in the sun and sleep in the sun. He walks with his face turned upward towards the sky, appreciating every ray of sun that touches him.

I adopted Barnaby when he was 3-1/2 years old. I’m his fifth and final home. I don’t know much of his past but I do know he’s been abused and neglected and spent some time in a shelter. He came to me with a bunch of bad habits. Some have been corrected, others probably never will be but I’ve learned to cope with them. Barnaby will be 9 years old in September.

Barnaby and I enjoy a lot of the same things. We both sleep in, although I’m usually up working late the night before, often until daybreak, while he’s sleeping in his dog bed dreaming of a steak dinner.

We both love long walks in the park on sunny days, and meeting friends and neighbors in the street. I enjoy the socialization and Barnaby hopes every person we meet has a stash of treats for him. He knows which ones usually do and can often spot them half a block away.

Life has a way of slowing you down, forcing you to pay attention before rushing headfirst into a bad situation. It’s been a hard year and I’m learning to slow down with Barnaby teaching me how to appreciate the moment. I’m a difficult student and don’t always understand his methods, but rest assured he is the teacher and I am the student.


Lesson for today: Sometimes you just have to let the dog lead the way instead of the other way around.

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  1. Jean Callaway

    June 28, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    Love it! I feel like I know Barnaby. So glad you were available to give him loving home after he had so many previously. Pat him on the head for me.

    1. My Boho Secret

      June 29, 2022 at 12:18 am

      I will, thank you. How do you like the picture of him in the post?

      1. Jean Callaway

        June 29, 2022 at 7:37 pm

        Barnaby is looking skyward taking in the sunshine and sniffing the air on such a beautiful day.

        1. My Boho Secret

          July 9, 2022 at 10:00 pm

          Barnaby definitely loves the sun and being outdoors as much as I do.

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