Saturday, July 9, 2011


A couple of days ago, I wrote about guilt.  And recently, I wrote a few posts that described the grief and sadness that I felt upon Romeo's death.  And I have written about anger before, at those that would abuse innocent animals.  Lest I give the impression that I am roiling with negative emotions all the time, I thought I'd also post on how I counteract those feelings, how I think that many  of us do it without even thinking about it.  And as should surprise absolutely no one, my animals play a big role in helping me cope when life gets ugly.

I choose to surround myself with beauty.  And beauty can be found just about anywhere if you're willing to look for it.

First bloom on a rose bush purchased at Lowe's
The pure enjoyment that a simple little purchase like this can give my dog

Western Pennsylvania sunset

A queenly gaze

A trusting look

A sleek and beautiful house panther

Putting a smile on the face of a dog not yet anyone's own

A peaceful walk
Beauty and peace.  It's what I wish for myself, and for all of you.


  1. Yin and Yang. You have to have bad and good in order to appreciate and grow.

  2. What a beautiful post. It is so easy to get overwhelmed with the sad and the negative. Wishing you peace and beauty as well.

    Your pal, Pip

  3. Love this post!! Just read it, after having posted on a similar theme in my own blog, coincidentally. You've got to take the good with the bad, and when the bad seems to much, step back and look at the good. Love the happy dogs so much :)

  4. You left out the beauty and elegance of any Greyhound, too! ;) I never get tired of their amazing lines. Beauty really is everywhere, if you look for it!

  5. Thank goodness for our animals!! They put a smile on my face everyday, no matter what else is happening :)

    Wyatt's Mom

  6. Thank you again for your wonderful message that I really needed to hear for the evening. It is the simple things that are the most glorious and they are so easy to find in our animals.

  7. Oh my yes, I should have included the beauty and elegance of a greyhound. I have spent the entire weekend surrounded by greys that aren't mine, LOL (as well as Argos) and it has done my heart good.

  8. Sometimes we need to be reminded of the simple beauty that surrounds us. We get so bogged down by negative things and thoughts. Thank you for this lovely post and lovely photos. I'm so grateful for my 2 dogs who can be guaranteed to make me laugh everyday but I often forget about the other beautiful things in my life.