Posts Tagged by Beach
|March 22, 2016||Posted by Ruth under Inspirational & motivational, Lifestyle, LOLs & BOLs, Mindfulness, Seasonal, Training/Behavior, Videos|
I peed on the sand dune. And I’d do it again.
There I squatted, sea breeze gracing my bottom, between clumps of too-transparent sea grass.
Had it come to this? In the sweet relief of bladder desperation, I had to answer: yes. As I looked up (to be sure I was alone), I realized I had let go under the synchronized glows of the rising moon, the setting sun, and the rainbow flares of a sundog.
Bathroom deprivation threatened to soil my perfectly beachy b-day picnic.
Pink champagne is extra bubbly-sweet when poured by a charming man, sipped by soothing waves, and paired with sea salt chocolate chip cookies. But my burgeoning bladder was winning out. Something had to be done – now.
And that’s how I found myself thanking the Universe for every cursed squat I’d endured in the gym.
No wobbly legs on this girl. I scaled those dunes & released without shame or shakes. I am woman, hear me roar. (Just don’t peek behind the dune.)
Was it necessary? I could have hiked out & driven to a porta potty.
Was it legal? Probably not. Was it ethical? Who decides that? Was it pretty? Lord help me, nope.
But was it memorable? Absolutely!
I will never forget that birthday, the magic colors marking the sky or the champagne’s blush. I had unwittingly peed my way to marking a moment in time that I’ll forever cherish without regret.
The grand sand pee happened on the heels of hunkering down with my folks in Blizzardy, PA.
What to do when you’re snowed into a retirement facility by a sparkly-white historical weather event? First, you play “find the fireplace” wherever you are. Everything’s yummier by a fire’s golden warm glow: food, wine & convo. But at around 3-feet deep, I felt compelled to mark the moment myself:
Why does marking a moment with childlike wonder & abandon seem rare?
My pup, Rusty, blissfully potties on the beach without hesitation. (Now I get it, little guy!)
As a trainer, I guide clients to counter their human nature.
We are hardwired to focus on negatives: the wrongs in our world. We do this so well, we wear awareness blinders that block the sweet, magical-markable stuff from sight. So, for example, folks notice & react to a jumping puppy. Instead, we should see Pup’s more frequent 4-on-the-floor successes. But past just seeing, mindfully reward those successes with praise and/or a cookie. (No chocolate chips for Pup!) Make that moment matter. Suddenly, you see a non-jumping puppy, and Pup feels seen when calm. You get each other, and you get more of what you see.
See & seize life’s magical moments.
Make your mark on them. Watch them appear more often, in memorable technicolor.
Cake by the ocean, anyone? Perhaps, she writes with a wink.
Definitely chocolate chip cookies. And big belly laughs. Life’s sweeter when lived in full color.
Share your no-regrets stories with us. It’s at once liberating & inspiring! xo ~Ruth & Rusty~
- “See and seize life’s magical moments.” ~Ruth Hagen
- “We teach each other how to live.” ~Anne Michaels, poet
- “Life’s sweeter when lived in full color.” ~Ruth Hagen
- “If everyone would look for that uniqueness then we would have a very colorful world.” ~Michael Schenker
- “You get more of what you see.” ~Ruth Hagen
- “What makes things memorable is that they are meaningful, significant, colorful.” ~Joshua Foer
- “I’m a get-a-dress-at-a-thrift-shop-but-open-a-bottle-of-champagne kind of person.” ~Helen Mirren, actress
©2016 The Soulful Pet
|August 9, 2013||Posted by Ruth under Guest bloggers, Inspirational & motivational, Lifestyle, Recipes, Seasonal, Soul food|
MJ is having a great summer with her 2-year-old American bulldog buddy, Ronin.
As much as she loves Ronin, it’s visiting pittie, Harley, who stole her heart. Of Harley, MJ says, “I haven’t felt love like that since Maggie was alive.” Sweet!
Mike hits Hawaii’s beaches regularly with Cooper. (Lucky boys!)
They make quite a team. Recently, Mike wrote about good times with Cooper, who regularly reminds him to let go of negatives and savor life’s gifts. That’s a precious lesson that we can all learn from our pets, our teachers.
“My saving grace, this loving, joyful creature. He dissolves any anguish, fear, self-doubt and reminds me that its time to swim, go to the park, create frozen yoghurt treats or play with 100 tennis balls or the best, ride with the top down, the ocean breeze flapping through jowls and floppy ears.”
Lovely. And since you can’t keep an artisan baker out of the kitchen, Mike got busy making Bouchon Dog Biscuits for his buddy, Cooper. (The recipe is from Thomas Keller’s “Bouchon Bakery“, and the tasty treats are served @ the Bouchon Bakery in Yountville.) Mike adapted the recipe as follows:
“Get the good bacon, chicken livers, cornmeal, flour – a pound of each – and chicken broth to wet. I added a large handful of (non-instant) oats. Saute & puree. Add cornmeal, chicken broth and flour into a workable dough. Roll out, use a doggie bone cookie cutter, and bake at 250 until hard. Mix egg white and 3 Tbl ketchup [for a] wash and brush on. Finish in a 200 [degree] oven for half hour. Done!”
Mike joked that these goodies go well “with afternoon tea or champagne”. I don’t doubt that @ all. I suspect Cooper’s humans sampled these right along with him. Since Rusty’s tummy doesn’t do pork, I’ll trust that the biscuits passed human & canine taste tests with flying colors. Bone appetit!
So how’s the summer going for you & your pets?
Please share in the comments….
There’s still plenty of summertime left for us all to live vicariously through your adventures – or – to give them a go ourselves!
©2013 The Soulful Pet
|March 20, 2013||Posted by Ruth under LOLs & BOLs, Rusty's place, Seasonal, Videos|
It’s spring, dawgs!
Pack your trunks & hit the beach. I like this guy’s style! ~Rusty~
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|March 8, 2013||Posted by Ruth under Inspirational & motivational, Recipes, Soul food, Training/Behavior|
……with Brussels sprouts. Who knew?
I’ve hated them all of my life. Too bitter, too smelly, too cabbagy. Just “too”. The thought of cooking them was intimidating & unsettling. Yet, all of my foodie friends were enthusiastic about them. So a few months ago, I went on a mission to figure out what all the fuss was about. I tried all incarnations of sprouts in restaurants & in recipes at home. Much to my delight, I finally stumbled upon an easy way to roast some charisma into the little green guys. And now, I’m a fan.
What does this have to do with pets? Everything, in my opinion.
We all (us & our pets) get stuck in ruts that prevent us from trying new things. New is suspect. New is hard. New is scary. But new can be wonderful. It’s in the absence of stepping outside your box that you miss the wonderful. Here’s an idea: Today, try something new, and include your pet. It’s uber-easy, really. For example, walk in a new neighborhood or in a different direction. Or – Wake up & consider what you’re grateful for. Sit silently with your pet as you do this. Just breathe & be. I think you’ll find that your day is a little brighter, and your pet will respond to your light.
My little guy, Rusty, had to try new things when we adopted him.
I know that my attitude about “new” is contagious to animals, so I presented each experience with a balance of enthusiasm & patience, @ his pace. Soon, Rusty’s list of things he never knew he liked grew rapidly. He now loves tuck-ins, the stairs to our bed, catch games, rides in his car seat, and beach walks. (See? Once you get started, you’re more optimistic that the next thing you try will be fun, too. Suddenly, you’re craving & relishing “new”.)
That brings us back to those crave-worthy Brussels sprouts. Can your dog try them?
Well, maybe just one from your batch. But ideally, roast a few separately when you cook yours. Only use olive oil & a bit of honey (optional). No salt, pepper or bacon for Pup. Cool completely, and only give 1/2 a sprout to your dog, as a treat. If all goes well, a sprout a day for only a few days should be fine. (As always, check with your vet 1st before changing your pet’s diet.) Sprouts contain isothiniocyanate, a chemical from mustard oil that can be a gastrointestinal irritant. Fortunately, roasting seems to minimize its offensive effects on humans & dogs. Same goes for other members of the cabbage family: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage itself.
So I’m taking my own advice, and I’m on another quest to like something new: Cooked cauliflower.
I love it raw in salads or dips, but cooked is another story. Roasting might be the way to go again. What do you think? If you have a tried & true way to tastily cook cauliflower, please share. Please.
©2013 The Soulful Pet