Monday, January 07, 2008

Simple joys

Mandy has a good view of life. She doesn't need anything fancy. Her chow once a day and a few treats in the evening. Some water a few times a day. Aside from that? Hanging out with her family. Having a good nap now and then. Running around and playing, and, from time to time, a nice stick.

While putting Mandy and her siblings out for a morning visit to the back yard, I filled the bird feeder. After we all had finished our tasks, we headed back into the sunroom. That's when I looked down and saw that Mandy was bringing a stick inside with her.

So I got her to give me the stick, and the two of us went back out (we don't bring sticks into the house). I threw the stick for her, and she ran to get it. Then she took it, found a nice spot on the grass and went to work chewing it up. That's really all she needs.

I like some of the more complicated things in life, but sometimes I envy Mandy her simple pleasures. Not that I want to chew up a stick, but I think her overall approach is pretty good. Nothing fancy. Just enjoy life.

7 comments:

Dantallion said...

They say that simplicity is genius. Which makes Mandy a lot smarter than the rest of us. ;)

Patrick said...

If I could just find someone to house me, feed me, give me good places to nap and take me out for a romp once in a while, I'd be pretty content too. That's not asking much, is it? Mandy is a smart girl; she knows she has a good thing going. My parents' dog Fang also seems very aware she landed a good gig.

Dantallion said...

patrick raises a good point. And my job had been getting to me lately. Are you and Marc interested in acquiring a new pet? I'm house-broken and everything!

d. chedwick bryant said...

I used to love to fetch toys and balls until my teeth started hurting, now that they are out, I hope to start playing with toys again-- it's one of my resolutions for 2008.

Cooper said...

Mandy has two lovely Daddies. Of course, she's a happy girl ... and Bernice and Dodger, too!

Marc said...

patrick: phyllis diller is your mom??!! how cool! oh, no, wait...Fang was her husband. never mind! (i just love the name 'fang'!)

dan: c'mon down!

ATG said...

Great point. I feel the same way when I see my dog running around happily at the dogpark or when he wistfully looks at the squirrels in the trees above on our walks...