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“This too shall pass,” I telepathically transmitted the ancient proverb to Oscar; he nodded in agreement. The temporality of all material conditions, positive or negative, had become all too apparent. As I unlatched the pearly gate, and entered the heavenly Zen garden, I knew this paradise couldn’t last forever. Although I don’t consider myself a pessimist, I have found that when things seem too good to be true, they usually are. I learned this after watching my freshly made triple layer trifle slip from my hands onto my recently cleaned hardwood floor. I feared the Tower hill dog park would suffer the same fate as my layered dessert, slipping through my fingers before I could taste it. Too good to be true.
Three months after Oscar and I discovered doggy nirvana, I knew I had to lead another four-legged Buddha through the golden gates. Although my new German shepherd doesn’t share the same striking resemblance to the spiritual teacher, his name, “Zen”, is a direct reference to the tranquility inspired by a park full of content canines. The dog park is our Zen garden. Untrimmed paws leave parallel lines in the dirt and patches of short grass form rings around guardian trees.
Two years from now, our sanctuary will be gone. In the instant after my once-perfect trifle hit the floor, it was devoured by two self-satisfied dogs; Oscar and Zen thoroughly enjoyed it. Maybe it wasn’t a waste after all. We can recover from squashed sweets and deconstructed dog parks. Maybe I’ll dig out that old trifle recipe, four layers this time. Maybe this isn’t an ending. “This too shall pass”.
My inspiration for "unleashing" my thoughts are from Oscar, Zen and all the wonderful, humorous and memorable moments that they share with all the dog's at the off-leash park. If you have a cute or funny story to share with me, please post a reply, I would love to hear them. Cheers!!