I have to start with the bad news: Moxie’s biopsy came back. My dog and I both have
cancer. We are a matched set. Like me, they are hopeful that she has a couple
more years to go. While I don’t feel that great about it, she’s not too
worried. So I’m trying to take my cues from her.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about my to-do list. Mostly, I talked about what to call it because “Bucket List” doesn’t sit well with me. I’ve started calling it my “Wild and Precious Life List” – one that answers Mary Oliver’s great question, “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
This week, I’ve started working on a Wild and Precious Life List for Moxie too. I’m so happy we got to see the ocean back in March. She couldn’t stop smiling on that beach, and I have decided that I want to give her as many of those smiles as I possibly can.
Moxie on the beach in Portland, being photobombed by her pal Woody
The town of Windsor helped bring that smile out again last week by taking the lock off of the fenced in area we use as our unofficial dog park. Making it an official dog park is for sure going onto our W&PL List. That’s a goal I’ve been working on since the day after I adopted Moxie. With the help of the town select board and some other passionate dog owners, it seems that we’re finally making some progress!
In researching dog-friendly activities in New England, it seems reasonable to try and get to at least one thing in each of our six states. Heck, baseball alone would keep us busy in Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. If you throw in Yappy Hours at breweries, we could be busy all summer long. Great news… a little more digging (pun sort of intended) has also revealed a weekly Yappier Hour at the Liberty Hotel in Boston all summer long. Moxie will need to drive us home from that one.
She and I have agreed that we are going to try to get down to the Pet Expo in Hartford, CT in October and at least one event at Dog Mountain here in Vermont, of course. Finally, I’m really looking forward to the Walk for Greyhounds and Chili Cook-Off at Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole, NH in September. Good food, good fun, good cause. What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon in autumn?
Dog Mountain, St. Johnsbury, VT
My friend Steve used to take his dog Jake to Alyson’s a lot when they lived in Keene. Moxie loved Jake so much, and he seemed to like her too, even though she was kind of a pesky kid in his eyes. Jake died just a couple of weeks ago, so the idea of taking Moxie to Alyson’s while remembering Jake and supporting a dog charity makes me really happy.
What are the moments and places that you remember when you think of your favorite dogs? How lucky are we that these creatures come into our lives, enrich our days, and grow our hearts so extraordinarily in such short spans of time.