Kai of Kenai, Russian River, Alaska, USA 🇺🇸 Sony A7RII + 70-300, f/7.1, 1/80, ISO 100
“confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle your demons will cause your angels to sing.” — August Wilson
something i don’t often leave
it’s scary, outside of them, outside of stuff you know
i lack a lot of courage
artemis has enough for both of us
he looks at comfort zones and goes “no”
there are no comfort zones to him
he’s aware of what he needs, what he wants, and how to get it
in the six months I’ve had Artemis he has pushed me out of my comfort zones more times than I was comfortable actually doing
my oldest dog, Zoe, is fine in her comfort zones. she’ll leave them, but if there’s nothing in it for her, she won’t
Artemis? he doesn’t care. he wants the new experience. the new adventure. the new challenges. the only thing he cares about is, wether or not I do it with him
i’m not allowed to watch from the sidelines
so, i’ve talked to new people, i’ve made new friends, i’ve tried new things, i’ve left the house more by myself, i’ve expanded outside of my comfort zone in dog training and started encouraging things i was unsure of if I could handle (with professionals behind me, of course) — like his pushiness. the same pushiness that encouraged me to leave my comfort zones, i wanted MORE of it.
i want more adventures.
i want to experience more life
i want to let things be wild and free, like my little man, instead of hiding from the intensity or trying to make things they’re not.
and it’s hard. it’s extremely hard for me.
and that’s okay, because no one said leaving your comfort zone was going to be successful. and that’s a reason i have Artemis.
comfort zones are weird
leaving them is scary
but the outcome? is always worth it
i can never thank his breeder enough for giving me a dog so confident and comfortable in his own skin, it couldn’t have helped but rubbed off on me. to leaving comfort zones, being wild and free, and more adventures. you were worth the wait and more little man. Thank you, Mikhael 🖤
The main thing we learned about packing - your stuff expands to fill the space available. We usually camp in a subcompact car. We took a crossover SUV on this trip and had about the same amount of free space.
Disclaimer- no, Robin is not normally allowed to travel in this unsafe manner. While we were moving fast he was either in the basket you see in front of him, or on the passenger seat floor. We were driving up a rough dirt road at about 8mph so I let him sit above and watch the ocean behind us.