A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things - a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty. ― John Grogan in Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog

A Walk in the Woods

The woods were hushful and seemed ominously quiet; Silence was occasionally vanished by the rustle of birds, crunching footsteps on the leaves & brushwood and the wind whispering stirringly on the trees. The crispy cold air into the forest invited me to put my hand knitted hat and oh, how I mourned not having with me my mitts to comfort and provide warmth for my icy & numb fingers.

The fragrance of leaves, soil and moist out-top by the light rain and the old yellow & brown leaves hustled by the wind flutter down in a poetical manner over the ground. I saw a few autumnal treasures in the way; like chestnuts and even a curious mushroom which took residence in a nearby pinecone! Autumn’s mellow.

These hikes with my best Friend are always a memory to savor. Whilst walking my mind relaxes and all the thoughts came out & drift by their own, leaving me alone while all the joy invades me just to see my best Friend happy. It so good to have him back here in Lisbon for some time again. There’s a strong bond between us and we always miss each other. There will be further adventures & chances to cuddle for sure.