Up until now, every dog I have ever owned has been a runner.  If the front door was left open…..out she would run……….. no regard for her safety or the safety of those around her.

I always worried about the real possibility of my dog getting hit by a car……..knocking someone over with her overzealous affection……… getting lost……… stolen……….. eaten by a pack of wild coyotes…… bitten by a rattle snake or another dog ………

…………..And for 20 years, I have kept each of my dogs on a leash………….

I’ve had Luna and Jax for 8 months and they are different from my previous dogs.  The never run out the door.  They come when I call them and always know exactly where I am.  

They are almost 1 year old and for everyone’s sanity, we go for a lot of walks. 

I live right on the edge of Mission Trails Regional Park.  There are miles and miles of trails.  I don’t usually venture in by myself because I am afraid of getting lost.

….which is total BS……

The trails are clearly marked….. The truth is, I don’t know them very well because I never go in by myself to figure it out.

….. actually, if I am really honest, I don’t want to overcommit my time by taking a trail that is longer than I had planned.MT sign

I don’t want to be thirsty.

I don’t want to be abducted.

I don’t want to get too muddy.

I don’t want to come out of the trail in a place too far from my house………..

Seriously?

I look at this list, and I want to slap myself……  Who is this person?  Surely this is not who I have become……….

……………………………….right?  

Am I keeping myself on a leash?……a very tight…..boring…..unadventurous leash?

“If it is true that how I do one thing is how I do everything……….”

“Where else am I keeping myself on a tight leash?”


My mind is spinning as I walk Luna and Jax in a little canyon next to my house.   We come to an entrance to Mission Trails and I have a choice to make. 

Turn around and go back the way I came……..Portobello trail

or

Venture out into the unknown…..

OK, so I am being a little dramatic here………

but I don’t actually know how long the trail is…… or how steep….. or where exactly I will come out…… I have never been on this trail before.
………..but I DO know that turning around is a viable option…….and sometimes it is the best idea ever. (To read more about my thoughts on that, click here. 😉 )

In the grand scheme of life, this is no big deal.  It is easy enough to say yes to the new trail……and away we go.

Luna and Jax are excited to be venturing into new territory.  Tails straight up and noses straight down…….skimming….snarfing and sniffing every inch of ground.  They tug and pull at their leashes.


I think back to when I was little.  My mom always wanted me to hold her hand, especially in new places………. and all I wanted to do was run around and see everything…….touch and smell everything…….I desperately wanted to experience the whole of my surroundings………

The combined length of her arm and mine simply was inadequate to do so.  I knew it then…….. and right now……… watching my dogs….keeping them on these short leashes…….. I remember…….. how desperate I felt………. restrained……… unsatisfied………

I am an adult now.  The Master of my Destiny.  I haven’t felt restrained for a while……..

……………………………………………………but is that a good thing?  

Have I become complacent?

Have you?  

I DON’T want to run away…….but I DO want to stoke the fire in my belly……….. Fan my desire to create …… to speak……. to write…… to seek.

I want to live Off-Leash!


 

 

I take in my beautiful surroundings.  I am alone.  Just me and my dogs and a sprawling trail to explore.  I take their leashes and carefully tuck them into their harnesses

……and let them go…..

 

 

 


We learned a few things that morning.

Luna and Jax’s TOP 10 Lessons from going OFF-LEASH

  1. Off Leash is way more fun.  Fun is good.
  2. We are more motivated, cover a lot more ground, smell more smells and eat more “stuff”.
  3. There is more than one way to get to the same place.
  4. Drinking from a muddy watering hole is not necessarily the best idea.
  5. There are more surprises when you go off the beaten path. 
  6. Walking through broken glass to get to an old cheeseburger wrapper is totally worth it. 
  7. Every time we stop and turn around, Mom is ALWAYS there. (replace Mom with God, the Universe, Spirit, Jesus or any other higher power of choice.)
  8. Coyotee poop tastes like sh♠t and makes my tummy hurt. 
  9. We don’t mind putting the leashes back on to get home.
  10. We love being off leash and it makes returning HOME all the sweeter. 

I leave you with one BIG Question…….
?What if Freedom was a place to live from, not a place to someday get to?

I would love to hear from you.  Please share your thoughts and personal insights below in the comments. 


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