I have been feeling happy today. It's strange to realize how unusual a feeling it is to be free of worry, or guilt, or anxiety. Libby was a catalyst for laughter. Once she gained confidence, she would show sudden outbursts of joy, that were unexpectedly hilarious from such a reserved and seemingly mature dog.
We came home from work at lunchtime today and Libby was very excited. There's an association between arriving home and dinner time, for sure, but Libby also loves the cat, and the cat comes to greet us every time we walk in the door.
Added to Libby being in good health, she's now more secure in her surroundings. The old girl zoomed around in circles, as though she had a fire in her caboose. In her eagerness to engage Slinkie, the cat, in her madness, she playfully pawed her on the head. Between the dog's joy and the cat's disbelief, I was still laughing out loud when there was a knock at the door.
Libby's ride had arrived. Her first stage on a road trip to become a beach-bunny, and gentle companion to an older collie, down south near San Luis Obispo.
The lift I got from the laughter was as good as any much-lauded tonic could have provided. The sudden freedom to do something just for myself first led me clothes shopping, to the local mall, where bright colors and polkadots could not be resisted. It's been a long, long time since I shopped for fun. Then I switched my shoes for barn boots and visited with a few horse-friends of mine.
The days are getting longer and the Friday evening lesson will soon be reinstated. In addition, there's a new dressage-based lesson starting up on Sunday afternoons.
Libby's not the only one with things to look forward to.