I thought this post would primarily be about Seamus, our 6 year-old love of a chocolate lab…and in large part it will be.
Happy to be leash-free at the soccer field!
But as I rolled the title
of a “Leash-Free Life” through that place in me where words and images rise up, the metaphoric component of it
encompasses so much more than the fact that, yes, our dog does lead a leash-free life down here in Mexico…shhhhh…. don’t tell the animal control officer! Oh—that’s right, there are none!
Seamus…once a city dog relegated to the confinements of our San Diego backyard, ‘sentenced’ to sit around for hours on end waiting, hoping, puppy-praying for that next walk—Could there ever be enough of them??? now has more freedom and independence than he possibly could have ever dreamed of.
Seamus still lives in a backyard, but now a tiled one with a palapa roof, pool, and open side-gate.
Seamus kickin’ back in his palapa-covered backyard
He has free reign to come and go as he pleases—and he does, all day long. The only thing around Seamus’ neck in his new, Mexican life is a collar—no leash required.
Irresponsible pet owners? No, just living the good life in a small town where everybody knows each other including your pet—
where there exists this natural law of life without constriction and over-regulation.
Seamus enjoying his leash-free beach walk
I think of all of the other ways we live a ‘leash-free’ life here and there are many….
1. Horses roaming through our front yard
View from the kitchen window!
2. Freely enjoying a beer on the beach—AND your dog can be next to you—off leash!
3. No noise-ordinances. We moved here with our daughter’s full drum set, our son’s keyboard & violin, one acoustic guitar, two electric guitars, a collection of tambourines, congas, and other various hand-held noise makers and we have never once had a complaint…no neighbor, no police officer knocking on our door telling us to quiet it down. We are respectful of course but can also can play freely without concern of being ‘too loud’…Heck, we live right next to a rooster farm!
4. Sampling rum, tequila and wine at the Puerto Vallarta Costco! Yes, they actually have booze sample carts! A toilet paper one too, but we haven’t tried that one.
Frank having a good ol’ time at Costco!
There are so many more examples of living the ‘leash-free life’ that get beautifully blended into the fabric of our new lives here, ones I will surely write about.
I am grateful for these multiple and welcomed changes in our individual and collective lives. My children are free, my dog is free, my husband and I feel happiness, joy and freedom like never before.
Alright, I’ll say it…we truly are living the dream, on a permanent vacation in our own little paradise.
Seamies and I hanging together at The Reds dance class