Live. Love. Leap. Laugh.

 This post is about a special little dog in my life. 

My Leapazoid. 

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 I don’t only get to share my life everyday with this special girl. I get to run and train her in our favorite sport. Agility. 

 There is something special about Leap. She has the “it” factor. I often joke she could run circles around an agility course taking the same obstacle 15 times and totally ignoring whats correct but still have the biggest fan club. She has complete and utter joy for everything she does. You can see it just watching her walk. In fact she can find friends and new fans just by walking.

She makes me laugh daily. She can run into the sliding glass door 3 times in a week and still not slow down enough to look. Nothing phases her. She can learn a new trick in record time. Then proceeds to offer that trick every chance she gets. She will work for a hug, kiss, pet, praise, treat, toy, or laugh! 

 I can’t really describe what it feels like to run her in agility. No, we may never get past Open Standard and we may never Q again in anything! I may never figure out how to consistently get a clean run with her. That doesn’t change the fact that I can’t help but smile at all she does on course though. 

I always call Leap’s theme song “Don’t Rain on my Parade” from Funny Girl. 

Don’t tell me not to live,
Just sit and putter,
Life’s candy and the sun’s
A ball of butter.
Don’t bring around a cloud
To rain on my parade!
Don’t tell me not to fly–
I’ve simply got to.
If someone takes a spill,
It’s me and not you.
Who told you you’re allowed
To rain on my parade!

 

 She doesn’t let anything get her down. She lives with enthusiasm for life and for the fun she finds in it. 

When I first got her. I had a hard time. I couldn’t connect with her. I was so attached to Skye and when he had trouble with her. So did I. Let me tell you though. Leap won’t let you leave her out. She will wiggle her way right in and say “I’m here… now love me as I love you”. Which is with total commitment and no limits. 

And up until now I have sworn to myself
That I’m content with loneliness.

Because none of it was ever worth the risk.

Well you are the only exception.
You are the only exception.

She is my only exception. I will never own another dog like Leap. She is a one and only. I am thankful for her being in my life everyday. Not just for what we may or may not do in agility. Because of what she has given me in my everyday life. That part just translates over to what we do in agility. Joy. Pure Joy. In Everything. 

She is my Leapazoid. Leapster. Leap Frog. Snuggle Bug. Leapy. Footprints on the Moon. Leap. 
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Thanks for the ride so far baby girl! Here is to many many more years! Can’t believe 1 month from today you will be FOUR! 

(Note: Sometime I will write a post like this about Skye. I will have some moment that will make me want too. Today, it was my special girl though that I needed to write about)

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Silly Love Songs

 We all know that Hollywood/Music industry is obsessed with the idea of “love”. They make movie after movie and song after song about love and all its highs and lows. Don’t get me wrong. I love it. I have no shame in saying I adore chick flicks and sappy love songs. Not that I have personal experience but I just love the idea of it. 

“If they substituted the word ‘Lust’ for ‘Love’ in the popular songs it would come nearer the truth.” 
– Sylvia Plath

 

I found the above quote and found it to be very true. Love is sacred. Its a word used much to often and much to quickly nowadays. Many don’t even understand true love. Mostly, because of the songs and movies we are surrounded by. Crazy stories of dashing men sweeping girls off their feet and “perfect” love. When really… its Lust. Lust does not last. 

Let me tell you. Love is not perfect. Love is loving someone even when you are mad at them. Its sticking by someone after they hurt you. Its fighting and making up. 

“I gave her my heart but she wanted my soul…”  – Bob Dylan

Its giving someone more than the surface. Its not just how you feel at the start. Its how you feel 10, 50, or 100 years later. After waking up next to them every morning and seeing them when they are grumpy or sick. Its sharing your space and time with them.

 “Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up”. – James A. Baldwin

Don’t get me wrong. Love is bliss. Its the best thing in the world. It makes you complete. Its not easy bliss though. Its something you work for. There are plenty of great love stories. There is lots of people who do crazy things and “get the girl” like in the movies. The question is… what happens after that? What happens in “happily ever after”? 

“And they…LIVED! Life isn’t always ‘Happily Ever After’, rather, loving FOREVER, regardless.” 
― Carmen DeSousa

 
Love and Life after happily ever after though. Is even better. When you work through it and keep renewing that love everyday. Its worth every minute. 

So wait. Don’t settle and rush your love. Don’t fall into the trap of “hollywood love”. How you think life should be. Learn about what true love is not the love you read/hear about. Learn to love being single. Learn HOW to love the right way. Don’t settle for whats in front of you and “speaking the words”. Go for who is showing you love. True love that will work itself into your life when you let it. 

“Single is no longer a lack of options – but a choice. A choice to refuse to let your life be defined by your relationship status but to live every day Happily and let your Ever After work itself out.” – Mandy Hale

 Its no secret I have always been single. I have been learning how to love being single. Learning what true love is. Like I said. I love the “hollywood love”. It can make you believe in something that isn’t true so easily. I post a lot of song lyrics and quotes on my facebook and things. Not because I am always feeling that way but just because of the idea of it. I just like the words being said. Lets face it. Hollywood love is intriguing and beautiful. Real or not. 

So start enjoying real love. Not what might be. What you think it should be. Or what you want. Love through all the hurt and all the good. Love the real kind of love. Not the hollywood kind. 

“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” – Jodi Picoult