Down to the Wire

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I live my life down to the wire.  I’m always sprinting to things – scuttling into agility classes still chewing my granola bar dinner, getting home just in time to work on a blog entry, cutting training just a few minutes short because otherwise I’ll be late to something else- you know how it goes. “I thrive on adrenaline,” some fellow wire-runners tell me, but I don’t always feel like I’m thriving.

I’m exhausted, and then I wonder why my dog is looking at me like I’m a crazy person as we try to work our way around the course.  He has no clue why we’re running out of the pet store (though he’s loving that we get to run, and he gets to ‘help’ carry a bag… by pulling on it).  He doesn’t understand time, really, so he doesn’t know we’ve cut training short; he just knows it’s not play time any more.

In our hectic lives, we like to push things to the wire because, yes, we love adrenaline, but also because we try to cram a lot into a little time.  There’s no easy fix for modern day mania, either, but sometimes, just for a moment, I like to look down at my dog and live in the moment with him. He seems to realize I’ve focused on him, too, because he comes alive in response to me, and we’re together, flying across the parking lot or agility course or lying on the couch.  Those moments are the most rewarding moments imaginable for me, and I’ll bet they’re your best moments too.

Today, live in the moment with your dog, just for a little.  Let the wire go – you’ll get there when you get there!