I recently won a Canon 50mm 1.8 Lens and had the chance to take it for a spin this weekend! Raising a dog while disabled has been a completely different experience than I’ve been used to in the past with our two littles. When I was healthier, Alex and I brought Norah and Jones along with us everywhere we went–whether we were shopping or hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains. They were exposed to so many experiences and we had plenty of opportunity to bond with them through various adventures.
Being sick and severely limited, however, had made the same effort with Nihmh extremely difficult. While I am so grateful to live on five acres and still have some semblance of the life we lived before… it’s not the same as exploring the wild or exposing Nihmh to different sights, sounds and people. As you may have read in our previous posts, Nihmh was about as timid as they get when I first met her. In the eight months we’ve had her, she’s come a long way, but we still have much to work on.
Instead of being discontent with what I can’t do, I decided to focus on what I can do. I’ve resolved to spend more one on one time with Nihmh, just as I had with Norah and just as I had with my childhood dog growing up. I need to connect with her on a deeper level so that when the going gets tough, she can trust that I will take care of her. We took a walk in our two acre pasture to try out our new lens together and I absolutely LOVE it. It’s definitely going to take me time to get used to the new settings I have available now but I can’t think of a better sidekick to practice with.