The Wrinkly Rambler

Pleasant walks with camera and three dogs

What is This Life….

Having fun with dogs.

Having fun with dogs.

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?—
No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

Molly - excellent picture by John Bentley, Landscape and Portrait Photographer.

Molly – excellent picture by John Bentley, Landscape and Portrait Photographer.

I was reminded of this heartfelt poem by William Henry Davies during my early morning stroll with Molly, one of my three Border Collies. We go for this early morning ‘toilet stroll’ (for her I might add, not for me) because her previous owner had taught her this way when she was a puppy and now at 2-1/2 years of age it was firmly engrained in her memory. So I take her to a large grassy area not far from the house, and there I let her off lead to wander around a little and let the needs of nature take their course. Then we play a short game of chase the stick (for her again, not me) before strolling back home for breakfast.

On this early morning stroll I see other dog walkers performing the same function, but in a somewhat more modern manner. That is, completely oblivious to the dog on the other end of the lead and intent only in concentrating on the mobile phone seemingly permanently strapped to their ear. One that particularly sticks in my mind was a man dragging a small dog along, but paying far more attention to whatever he was listening to on his phone than the poor dog trying desperately to stop and defecate. The result was a trail of dog manure nearly ten feet long and a very disgruntled dog with a liberally smeared backside and a growing distrust of its owner.

Having fun in the coutryside.

Having fun in the coutryside.

This obsessive behaviour isn’t just confined to dog walkers, it seems to inflict large numbers of modern society. And the modern addiction to electronic games that people seem to constantly play on their mobile devices only adds to their dependance on these devices to fill their day. It’s sobering to think of how people in modern society would react if all electronic devices they have attached themselves to were to suddenly fail. Would they still remember the simpler things, such as reading a book, going for a walk (now there’s a revolutionary idea), or actually talking to each other at mealtimes. And maybe going for a walk with their dogs instead of just taking their dogs for a walk. It’s amazing how much there still is in the real world to wonder at and be grateful for than can ever be found in the artificial electronic world.

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