A man’s best friend is his dog

Snoopy and Charlie Brown looking at a sunset.
Snoopy and Charlie Brown looking at a sunset.

Happiness is a warm puppy.
Charles M. Schulz

When I was a child, I remember my first dog. It was a Dalmatian mix with the cutest disposition. I loved that dog. So, when I heard it escaped its leash and got hit by a passing motorist, naturally I felt a tug on my heart. My cherished dog was gone.

Why do we love our dogs? Simple. Dogs are family. When we lose one to an accident, illness, or just old age, we lose a loved one.

According to Live Science, humans and dogs have been in a close relationship for thousands of years. Dogs and people have been buried together as early as 14,000 years ago.

Dogs give us so much, including:

  • Companionship
  • An exercise buddy
  • Stress relief
  • Protection

A dog asks for nothing except our love. When we care for our dogs, they care for us. But, expect plenty of ‘whiskers’, i.e. face licks, in return.

Comments are appreciated.

Greg Hitchcock
Gloversville, NY
Oct. 27, 2016





A Walk Through the Woods is all you need

I remember the woods we walked in as children. It was a magical place full of life. I never had to look further than my backyard to marvel at the colors of the changing leaves in fall or in collecting pollywogs.

The birds were singing, and the breeze was gently blowing through the trees. There is nothing quite like nature especially for children. Even as adults, we feel the sensation of being young again gazing at the natural world with wonder.

Lord Byron said,

There is pleasure in
the pathless woods,
There is rapture in
the lonely shore,
There is Society where
none intrudes,
By the deep sea,
And music in its roar;
I love not Man less,
But nature more.

The fast pace of a constantly changing world seems to mock the serenity of a walk in the woods. We seem to be on our mobile technology more than we are looking at a sunset; we seem to be overloaded with information that a flower or leaf in our path seems hardly noticeable to us in the 21st century.

A 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation study found that people ages 8 to 18 spent an average of 7½ hours a day on digital media. Last month, a study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that three times as many Millennials — born in the 1980s and ’90s — as Baby Boomers said they made no personal effort to help the environment.

According to EcoWatch, being in nature has many advantages:

  • Time slows down – Nature has a natural rhythm, one without clocks and deadlines.
  • Nature reminds you of death so you can appreciate your life and its natural cycles
  • You behold the beauty of nature
  • You remember who you truly are
  • You experience the Divine

And many more positive advantages!

So the next time you drive through the woods to your grandmothers house texting as you go, take the time to step outside and smell the flowers. You’ll appreciate nature and yourself more.

Greg Hitchcock
Gloversville, NY
Oct. 24, 2016