Being in dog rescue I often spend my days looking for, writing, and even dreaming about dogs. I truly love what I do, but sometimes there are just days that I set aside for some mother-daughter time. I absolutely love that my little angel loves animals as much as I do, if not more. However, I know that she enjoys our days together too. She will be starting school next year and with that comes so many moments of worry and panic. I worry she isn’t getting the brain stimulation or social interactions she needs. So I decided to dedicate at least one day each week where there would be no pets allowed. It would just be mother-daughter time and we could use it for learning. Our first lesson would be the five senses.
We started the day of with a delicious breakfast to taste. A breakfast egg grill cheese sandwich to fill our tummies. Since she is not currently eating meat because it is bad for the animals, this was the perfect dish to start our day of learning and exploring. We got dressed and drove out to a local shopping center to take in the sights, sounds, and smells.
The first thing she noticed when we arrived was the sweet smell of all the different flowers that were growing all around. She was amazed by all the different colors too. We went over our colors in english and in spanish. It was so amazing to hear Sophie and how well she knows them in both languages. The next thing that caught our ears was the rustling sound of water. Sophie quickly went over and wanted to feel the water flowing and splashing between her fingers.
We headed home to rest and take a little nap, which didn’t last for long. Thirty minutes later Sophie was ready to learn more things. So we decided to take out her workbook to do some exercises and go over all we had learned earlier that morning. But first, we needed to stop and listen to the directions so that we could complete the exercises correctly. She did great and got a star!
We had one more task to complete and it could not wait. So we decided to make a little room in our day for just one special girl that needed our help. We went out to meet Punkin. Punkin is a sweet, lovable and emaciated stray dog that was picked up with a fractured leg. This girl is so sweet and lovely that despite her pain she licked us and was so happy to meet us. What Sophie learned from Punkin that day was the most important lesson of all: Despite what we have been through we always have to have our chin up and things will always get better. She saw Punkin’s beauty despite her injuries and those are lessons I could have never taught her without the help of our furry friend.