Beyond the Leash

Kaya and I made our annual trip up into the Adirondacks off the grid last month. We were in the woods for four nights and five days.

Mostly, Kaya was off-leash. There was only one time when we were on the rocks of the river – she was about 100 feet from me – that she began to bark. Her nose lifted in the air and twitched. She quickly focused on one section of the woods. I knew immediately there was some kind of animal in there.

I called her and she came straight to me, then allowed me to put a leash on while she continued to bark and orient towards the woods at that one spot.

I felt such appreciation for her obedience, even while signaling danger. I knew we would be alright. We were out in the open and whatever that was, raccoon, fox, bear, whatever, wouldn’t want to come out to meet us. Her barks just reinforced that. We were a team now, the two of us, and entirely safe.

As we move into fall, who do you want to be working closely with? Where are your tight relationships important?

“As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”
– Amy Poehler

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