This year has brought many changes for me. One of the biggest changes has been to adopt a dog in early May. Carter is a 1-year old pit bull/boxer mix. He was found on a street in downtown DC during a cold February night.
When he was found, he weighed 17 lbs (he weighs 45 lbs now). His left leg was broken, his coat was covered in urine, he had sores all over his abdomen, his teeth were stained, and his paws were underdeveloped. And yet, just two months later, when I met him, he was one of the sunniest, friendliest and kindest dog I have ever seen.
During his first night at my house, he jumped onto my bed and cuddled up with unbridled enthusiasm, as if this was what he had done every evening for the past year. He is so full of joy and love for life and so trusting, he inspires me every day. Carter seems to want to like and meet every person, dog, and cat that he meets and make them his friend. And even 95-degree weather cannot hold him back. On Thursday, the leader of his playgroup texted me “today he really let it rip”!
Through his indomitable spirit, Carter has taught me two things that we talk about a lot in yoga “being present” and “letting go”. He does not allow his rough start into life limit his ability to enjoy today. He just let it go.