CAPE COD ADVENTURES
Learning to slow down and tune into rhythms of my aging dog
Someone told me recently that vacations are enjoyed in thirds. The first third is about the anticipation. Depending on how far away the vacation is scheduled, this time of looking forward to what is to come could be days, weeks or months. Then there is the actual living the experience which hopefully is being savored to the fullest. Then there is the enjoyment of reveling in the memories of being away along with perusing all the pictures.
So here I am smack dab in the middle part of my Cape Cod adventure. I spent months looking forward to renting a cozy cottage in North Eastham near enough to the Cape Cod Institute for ease of traveling to class for five days in a row. Our beloved dog, Oscar, is along for this vacation as well. I had imagined long strolls on the beach, long walks along Commercial Street in Provincetown, long walks at Wiley dog park in Eastham. Did you catch my description of LONG? Well, that hasn’t happened. As much as I fantasized about this vacation of both fun and training, I somehow forgot the reality that Oscar, our beloved golden doodle is 11.5 years old. At home, we take him on twenty minute trots around a local golf course , the perfect amount of time he can sustain in active movement. How did I miss this fact? Our sweet boy is about 80 years in human equivalent. Hmmmm…. So, I have had to let go of the fantasy of how this trip should be and readjust to the reality. Surprisingly, there is a silver lining to this story. Oscar’s limitations have allowed me to slow down and enjoy more time at the cottage. It has been wonderful to sit outside on the back deck reading and taking time to enjoy the sites, smells and sounds that are unique to Cape Cod.
I may not have as many pictures to review upon savoring my third phase of my trip but I dare say, I will most certainly return to CT rested and feeling refreshed and feeling a measure of gratitude for the gifts my dog’s aging body gave me.