Tuesday, October 24

all we need to make us happy ...

all we need to make us happy
Copyright 2006 by Maureen Shaughnessy
originally uploaded by MontanaRaven.

We act as though comfort and luxury
were the chief requirements of life,
when all that we need to make us happy is
something to be enthusiastic about.

-- Albert Einstein

Sam, at age 17, still has enthusiasm about going for walks every day, or sitting next to me, taking in the beauty through his seasoned eyes.


Tammy Brierly said...

Sam is so beautiful! Manny is 17 too and he recently took a swim. It made both of our day :) I know the cancer is there but he remains my Manny.

kanuthya said...

I've been following Sam's life through your flickr and here. I love him, I really do. he looks incredibily noble :)

Susannah Conway said...

this is such a fantastic picture! wonderful :-)

Maureen said...

susannah, kanuthya, tammy ... it's hard sometimes to believe how many people love Sam or at least seeing photos of him, and maybe reading what I write about him helps them recall a dog they love that much ... we almost all of us, surely must love a dog (or cat) in our lives, maybe in our past ... Sam is like alot of old dogs -- he just seems to accept me no matter what. And even if he didn't i'd still be in love with him.

Joyce Ellen Davis said...

I have been looking through Sam's life tonight--what a dog!--and reading your previous posts about him. Yes, he does remind me of Manny, too! Unspoken communication. The horse whisperer, the dog whisperer.

And, I read your dream post and loved it, too. I started to keep a dream journal on one of my blogs, just for the heck of it (my mind's i), but most of them are so ...bizarre. But I LOVE to dream.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I miss my boys who have passed away. The joy they used to get to go out, even if you made concessions so they could get to places that they loved. He is a beautiful companion Sam.

Anonymous said...

I'm always so happy to see Sam. My Ty is 11, and he's had so many health problems lately - but he still has his puppy moments.

Maureen said...

Pepek, I know I posted a comment about your dream journal here in this thread, but it disappeared. Anyway, you are so right about the way dogs teach us how to communicate without speaking. It's a lesson I'll always be grateful for.

Karen, sorry to hear about Ty's health problems. What's going on with him?

Ben -- old dogs seem to enjoy their outings almost more than puppies do -- though in a quieter, less agile way. Maybe they sense each time may be their last look/last smell of a favorite place and they take it in with such joy for that reason.