me and my shadow

me and my shadow

I don’t know who coined the term “retail therapy”, but sometimes I think shopping is an addiction. My partner frequently reminds me that I don’t have to buy something every day. If I go for a walk, I don’t need to take any money. I don’t have to buy a sweater or a closet organizer just because it’s on sale. Since I’ve been without work, I’ve found that staying home helps to keep me away from temptation.

So with the absence of spending money, I’m rediscovering the joy of dog. I love our two Cardigan Welsh Corgis, and when I was working full time I loved to be greeted when I returned home by happy tail-wagging dogs. Now that I’m home with them during the day, I’ve honed my tummy-scritching and ball-throwing techniques. And sometimes I’ll take energetic Fergus for a walk around the neighbourhood, and even take a few photos if I can persuade him to sit still for a moment or two. Having two furry friends who unconditionally love me — and are always ready to play and have fun — is one of the best kinds of therapy. No matter what kind of day I’m having, when I see their shining eyes and silly corgi grins, I starting grinning too.

Photo taken on November 11, 2010

6 thoughts on “me and my shadow

  1. Your post made me smile as I read it today!! I have never had a dog, myself, but I know they are naturally happy creatures, and they are BURSTING with unconditional love! I can see why so many people love having them, no matter how bad a person feels, the trusty dog is always there to try to cheer them up!

    BTW – I LOVE your photo, so creative!!

    • Thanks Holly! I’ve always been a cat person (we still have a cat) but the dog part of our lives started just a few years ago. Cats can be cuddly and fun and decorative and great companions; dogs are something else altogether. They are demanding and rewarding, completely reliant on you and adoring. Cats are friendly, but dogs are friends.

  2. Love the photo. Great thinking 🙂
    I’ve heard the therm ‘retail therapy’, and I can understand it up to a point. In my case, not that every-day-thing — I have other issues. For example, when I’ve seen a purse at Walsh’s that I really want … [the process from when I’ve seen It, to the actual purchase could last up to a month … when I finally buy it, that feels really good! It’s like a high. I’ve always had a thing for handbags … good quality, leather.
    This is just one example. Same feeling with the new camera, a new lens and so on … Things that I want badly. Unfortunately, the euphoria doesn’t last all that long.

    Nothing like the love of an animal … and the trust. I have one, furry friend, as you know … McDuff. Cats don’t show their affection as openly as dogs, but still … when they do, it means a lot.

    • I like the way you describe shopping, Rebekah, the way the process can take a month (lots of anticipation and enjoyment of the chase!) but then the fading euphoria… I find the same thing, and even worse — sometimes after I make the decision to buy something, it doesn’t get used nearly as much as I thought it would. Getting rid of stuff is so much harder than buying stuff!

      Cats are wonderful creatures; I’ve always had a cat (or they have had me)… I have a knack for chin-scratching that all cats I’ve met seem to really enjoy. 🙂

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