What’s Nipping at Your Heals?

by Gailstrail on December 6, 2013

helicopter1 horsesThere’s so many different things that can be nipping at our heals. For me, it’s animals on the run, furry little beasts that share my home, a friend with cancer, another friend who says I should write a book, Tai Chi, holidays, and how to juggle it all.

It’s 5 degrees. My terrier is unprepared for the cold and doesn’t have the proper coat. He’s perched on his crate and looks longingly at the birds and squirrels who feed out the window. I let them (my golden too) walk a block to the mail box and before we return to the house the terrier is already limping. I ordered him a winter coat and now think he needs booties as well. Now when I let them out there back in a flash…I think they get it.

My friend has really bad cancer. Her doctor says she should get her ‘affairs in order’. So I wonder how do we approach this with her. I go to sleep at night thinking how I would cope with such a task…not to mention the knowledge that I’ve little time left. I’m not sure what my friend has or has not done. My head goes reeling and I know there is no way I can imagine how she feels. Real or Not Real? The difference is mind boggling. There is a ‘team’ of friends who are coming together to support her in whatever way we can. Another friend says we should do a conference call and make a list of what needs to happen and who can do what. I think it’s a very good idea. Perhaps there is already a list out there. I shall see. Turns out there are hundreds of lists of things to do before one dies. Here’s one link

My friend Carol says I should write a book. I can almost count on one hand the number of people who read at The Way of Animals. I might say The Way of Animals is a book. There’s a title, content is listed; however, the content is apparently not compelling. Not slick enough. Not intriguing enough. Not ‘fast and furious’ enough. No fantasy. Where’s the ‘matrix’? Perhaps the characters could stand some embellishment. Ah, that does seem to be the ticket. Fantastic heroes and villains who leap off the page! Not a bad idea…it’s certainly worked for others. I could call it fiction! Does anyone since a ‘comic book’ in the making? This guy is one of my favorites. How cute is he? He represents the 1% of the 1% who control our world!

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Now all I need to do is to go through the different articles and create characters. How fun is this? Anyone want to join the search? If so, ‘Subscribe’ (top right) and let me know. This may or may not be the correct approach, I’m sure someone, probably many someones, have written books on the proper approach to writing a book. However, I don’t want to spend my time there. I’d rather just write and create characters.

Now what was the focus of this ‘post’ about? Well, I started out explaining the ‘nipping’ at my heals. We’ve all got things nipping. Want to share some of what’s nipping at your heels?

Happy Trails!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Etha December 6, 2013 at 7:11 pm

I got 4 cats and 2 Pyrenees nipping at my heels ;) well, not literally. Two cats don’t get along and I managed to get a hormone collar on one of them but can’t catch the other :( Desperately waiting for my black light to arrive so that I can clean up catpee a bit more focused…
The dogs say this weather is too freaking cold on their paws and it seems I spent my days between feeding the fireplace and taking the dogs out for 5 minute walks. We have these very simple rubber slip ons for the feet whih worked well when I had Goldens, but Pyrs run through them in about 2 minutes. They DO help though but are a bit small.
I say, go ahead and write your book, be there for your friend with cancer for whatever she decides she needs you for (being there I think is the most important) and let the little ones nip at your heels :)

Gail December 12, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Dear Etha,
Thank you for taking time to ‘Comment’. Sounds like you live in similar climate. Short walks in this frigid cold in Colorado Springs is about all my Terrier can take…my Golden can do more, but I worry about their paws. Write the book…we’ll see. Being there for my friend with cancer is all one can do. Thanks again.

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