This blog is an continuation of my first blog about Rama (Raising Rama) and was inspired by certain events in my life. Separated with three children, I found myself alone, depressed and struggling to find my way. Feeling like I needed a big dog around, I made the decision to search out a local breeder. I had shown dogs before, so a show dog–though not a priority for me at that time–was definitely something I was willing to consider. I’d spent many years with guarding breeds and I wanted to be consistent with that. I researched a local Cane Corso breeder and went to visit.
Enter a 60-lb brindle bundle of love with two speeds–Eeyore and Bulldozer. The day we went to meet her, she immediately went to my middle son and began playing fetch with him. My daughter was a toddler at the time and Rama was very gentle with her. It was clear she was a sweet soul, and so at the tender age of 5 months, she came home.
Amidst the emotional turmoil of my marriage ending, my home being up for sale, my re-entering the workforce after years of being a stay-at-home mom, there were walks. Neighborhood walks, beach walks, walks around the local village, trail walks. It was on these walks with Rama that I began to feel better about myself and my changing life. With nothing but the birds singing overhead, Rama’s clanking tags, my footfalls on the Earth and her panting, I discovered that with each mile my problems began to seem not quite so large.
Rama was a huge comfort to me during that time as well as what was to come. The following year my husband and I got back together and not long after I found myself facing an unfavorable mammogram. I ended up having a preventative double mastectomy and what would end up being 5 years of reconstruction (complications, revisions). Rama (and eventually several more Corsos) would see me through that difficult time and I once again immersed myself in showing dogs as well as my newfound passion for hiking and backpacking with them.
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.
Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow.
Let reality be reality.
Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
LOVE WHAT YOU DO. DO WHAT YOU LOVE.
Through my experiences 3 things have become overwhelmingly clear:
- You must take care of yourself (emotionally, physically and spiritually)
- You must keep moving.
- A dog and a dirt trail can heal.