We share our house with two crazy Jack Russell Terriers. Disney is the brunette who is always exuberant (even at 2:00 a.m.) and Riley, her brother, is the happy-go-lucky one. I’m sure he would say things like “gnarly” and “dude” if he could talk. They like to chase squirrels, spy on the neighbors, go for long walks, and score snacks whenever they can.
Sometimes, it’s like living with two, perpetual three year olds. But they are smart and fun, and here’s what they’ve taught me.
Live in the now. Today is what’s important. The past and future don’t matter as much.
Be present in the moment. Put down the distractions and pay attention to what’s going on and who’s around you.
Play hard. Life can’t be all work. Everything is a game to a Jack.
Nap when you need to. You need to recharge once in a while.
Don’t waste a beautiful day by staying inside. Go outside and have fun. For the best adventure, bring a ball or a flying disc.
Know when it’s time to cuddle on the couch with a good book. You can never have enough doggie snuggles or books.
Bark if you need to, but not too much. Sometimes, you have to show the delivery driver or that cheeky squirrel who’s boss.
Wag and make friends. Relationships are important.
Heather Weidner’s short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series and 50 Shades of Cabernet. She is a member of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia, Guppies, Lethal Ladies Write, and James River Writers. The Tulip Shirt Murders is her second novel in her Delanie Fitzgerald series.
Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and the pair of Jacks.