People frequently admired Phoenix’s speed and agility. She was for a time the fastest dog in the dog park! So fast she appeared as if running on water when retrieving a ball or Frisbee thrown out over the lakes, streams, ponds and rivers we visited. I loved seeing her back legs advancing beyond her front as in the photo above. She seemed aware of and delighted with her gifts of speed.
Today, watching her, it is a constant surrender into the aging process. I wish for it to be less painful – the shift from holding on to the past to being fully present with Life in the moment. She is teaching me this of course. I keep imagining that what I am learning from Phoenix will be helpful in years to come.