Tag Archives: Creativity

17 – Dog :: Perro :: Chien :: Cane

I am asked what inspires me, so I think about this question often.  When I think about what inspires me there is always one constant answer that comes to mind. Dogs. Dogs are my inspiration. It took me a while to understand how and why they do but I have finally figured it out.

My roommates think I am so strange because of how I talk and interact with dog’s…yes, all dog’s. Big, small, furry, naked, nice, or grumpy, I will love them all the same.

In my first life I’m pretty positive I was a dog. I firmly believe that dogs are as human as we are, and that they express their feelings far better than the average human. They are the most loving, understanding beings and will ALWAYS lend an ear to listen. They give me a sense of comfort that I wish I were capable to giving to others.

Dogs give me the inspiration to work through things. When I get stuck on something, I find it easiest to look at my dog and think of how they would solve the problem. It helps me simplify the issue because I know they never over think something. I mean come on, the biggest issue they have is trying to remember where they hid their bone.

 Pups have got it made. They are straight forward and they don’t pretend to like something or someone. They do what they want, when they want, and how they want. Those are pretty great traits if you ask me. I think we can all learn a lot from these furry friends.

Dogs also help with my creative process. I imagine how they would talk if they had human voices. I think about who they would have been in a past life. It is unbelievable entertaining and I probably..no I definitely, spend far too much time doing this on a daily basis.

I believe dogs have the answers to everything, and if we could see the world though the eyes of a dog I think things would be so very clear.

I have a few very special pups in my life.

Meet Kamala. She has made an appearance on my blog before, and she’s getting rather famous if I do say so myself. She is a giant furball and I love it. She sheds like mad but is the best snuggle buddy I know. I deal with the constant hair that has made itself a permanent part of my wardrobe. She’s Australian Shepherd and part wolf, can’t ya’ tell? Woof.

This is Gracee. She is my mother’s dog. She is a Coton de Tulear (a sassy french breed) and she wanted to dress up as a squirrel for Halloween. Look at that smile. If Kamala saw her wearing this outfit she would probably try to eat her because she loves to chase squirrels. (Must be the wolf in her.)

This is Amoré. He is an Italian Greyhound and is essentially translucent. He is just the cutest darn thing ever. He leaps like a deer and is faster than you could ever believe.

I waste most of my time online by looking at pictures such as this one below. Nothing makes me smile more than funny pictures like these. Pinterest is a great place to find them. Trust me, they are worth looking at, you won’t regret it.

Someday I plan on having many dogs of my own, but unfortunately I must wait until my mother lets me. Boo.

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2 – Pay it Forward

While walking “my” beautiful dog Kamala today (she’s really just living with me for the time being) we ran across something that caught my eye.


As I was approaching a house just a block away from my own, I saw what looked like a bunch of petals hanging from fishing string off of a couple of trees in the front yard of a house. As we got closer I noticed a bucket taped to the tree. I stopped to take a closer look and this is what I read….

The Yesses

“Many people have asked, What do all the “Yesses” mean? I’ll give you the answer, too. Whatever you want them to. Walk through the “Yes” cloud and let them affirm what needs affirming. You can even turn around and do it again if you want to. Here’s a bucket of them; take one for wherever you need it. This is my latest “Front Lawn Occupation” which uses our little patch of the planet to create a beautiful, just, fun world. Find out what I do when I’m not re-hanging these after a storm: marydemocker.com. Oh and I teach harp lessons: maryteachesharp.com.”

I was so pleasantly surprised by the creativity of this woman. I made me remember that there are good people out there who do selfless things just to make others have a better day. Seeing this small token of inspirational words inspired me to do something selfless to make the day of someone else a little better.


The Yes Cloud

I have been  brainstorming for something I can do…

What I have come up with is something similar to the “Yes” idea. I am going to make a bucket of inspirational quotes and words for passers to take. I figure some days sometimes all I need are a few inspirational words to boost my mood, and I imagine I am not the only one who feels this way. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes…

Until then, pay it forward to someone else. Use your kindness to brighten someone else’s day. You never know when it will come back to you.

If you can, go check out the “Yes Cloud” on 21st and Agate, Eugene, OR. Make your Yes come true.

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