Allow me to introduce Schuyler. She is thirteen years old and was adopted as a puppy at the Golden Valley Animal Humane Society. She lived across the street from us with a lovely retired violinist, and when he could no longer care for her she became part of our family.
She looks like an English Shepherd, but has one brown eye and one blue eye, like huskies sometimes do. She has a beautiful silky coat with lots and lots of underfur. After giving her a good brushing, I often wonder whether I should take up spinning. (I once saw a book about knitting with dog fur and wonder whether anybody tried it 🐿❤️).
All of our dogs like to get in photographs but Schuyler is the most consistent photobomb! (See some of her previous work on my Sept. 23 post.) When we were taking these picture of the Carolina Gingham toile, she really made it quite impossible.
Here she is, eating the props again.
Schuyler is good at reminding me of staying in "in the moment." She is a calming influence who stays right nearby, and stares right into your eyes (which is extra mesmerizing given that she has one brown eye and one blue eye. When she stares she seems to to say "relax and take a breath, you have everything you need right now.... oh, and by the way, pet me."
There was a very interesting article published in the New York Times about the therapeutic benefit of eye contact with a dog. It's called "The Look of Love is in a Dog's Eyes". It turns out that, like babies, they have this effect on us.
Until next time,
Sarah (and Schuyler)