A Hidden Beauty

Yesterday was one of those bright and still days with small waves breaking close to the shore. As I stood looking out to the horizon, a man just in a pair of shorts, suddenly ran on to the beach, his three dogs following him and playfully biting at his heels.

He dived in to the sea and two of the dogs dived in after him, while the third, obviously a little older, cautiously watched from a distance. The man called to him, but the dog made no response. He got out of the water and walked over to the dog, an Alsatian, wrapped his arms around the dog’s legs, lifted him up and trotted back. It looked so comical, this big dog kind of perched on the man’s arms.

Placing him gently in the water, he stroked the dog’s head and spoke to him. The dog calmed down and tentatively began to swim with the others. It was a beautiful moment – a man in the water with his three dogs swimming around him, so wonderfully primal – a man, animals and sea merging in to one, with sunlight dancing on the water.

Best of all, this little scene cost nothing, just a quiet hidden bit of beauty drawing no attention to itself. Last night as I closed my eyes the scene came to me again and I felt strangely at peace.

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About Don

I love life. Sometimes it makes sense, other times not. Discerning its underlying patterns and beauty always provides great reward and meaning and is a passion I ineptly follow. I feel deeply attached to nature and love the sea with its distinct moods and colour and find walking along its beaches wonderfully inspiring. Writing, sketching and photography is a sheer joy for me and the blog is one of the places I am able to express these pursuits.
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12 Responses to A Hidden Beauty

  1. Magda Schurmann says:

    Is it not amazing how much a relationship with an anim al can toluch our souls. From helping those who have physical or mental chalanges in thier lives, to preventing lonliness in those who live alone. Without the love of animals, especially dogs, our lives would be but a barren dessert! Magda

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  2. This was indeed a beautiful moment. Thank you for sharing it. I am nervous around most dogs but a new friend has a ‘healing dog’ and he is a sweetheart! πŸ™‚

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  3. Terry Ann says:

    I got a warm fuzzy reading this and imagining it. It was such a beautiful morning – the sea here on the other hand was huge – bringing all the surf rats out the woodwork.

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    • Don says:

      Glad it gave you a fuzzy Terry. Strange how the sea can differ within a matter of kilometres. But then, that’s the mystery of the sea, so unpredictable.

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  4. Theo Coggin says:

    Dogs are truly amazing, and companions for life. I watched a programme last night which had astonishing stories of dogs that help people with various disabilities. It included a story of a Schnauzer that keeps watch by people who are about to die in an old age home in the US, ensuring they have a companion to the end. My own dogs (lovely Rottweilers), some 18 months ago on Christmas night, surrounded a dear friend of mine who had cancer, sitting in a semi-circle around his chair, accompanying him to the dinner table, and then back to the chair. They knew something we did not completely recognise, for he died a couple of days later. Thanks for the account, Don.

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  5. Don says:

    Thanks for this Theo. So revealing. I don’t think we have even begun to grasp their profound influence over us. Quite amazing stories.

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  6. ladyfi says:

    That is such a beautiful tender moment – and you described it so beautifully.

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  7. Don says:

    Thank you, Fiona.

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