Autumn Melancholia – Scooter within the Sticks

Royal Enfield Himalayan on an autumn ride.
The load of autumn melancholia is bearing down on me as I pause throughout a experience making one other video.

Freud outlined melancholia as a state of stuckness, about residing with a loss so impoverishing that it paradoxically enriches you. Being melancholic, then, isn’t nearly having the blues; it’s additionally about holding on to an absence that feeds you.

Two dogs racing through a field.
My canine Junior chasing a Border Collie by a area on a wet day.

Autumn Melancholia Antidote

The {photograph} of our canine Junior in a recreation of chase is one which all the time makes me smile and tears away no matter could be weighing on me. He was our first Belgian Sheepdog and has been gone just a bit over a 12 months. After I see the picture I’m reminded not solely of the great life we provided him, but in addition the nice presents he gave us as nicely.

He was a quick buddy, ever current companion, and all the time reminding us to squeeze slightly extra out of life. Precisely what’s essential to fight the autumn melancholia that descends on me this time of 12 months.

And though the lack of Junior was tough, his absence oddly helps me alongside now.

Two Belgian Sheepdogs.
L-R: Lily and Aiden. Our Belgian Sheepdogs.

Canines. All the time Canines

Lily is Junior’s niece. And Aiden is his nice nephew. I see many qualities of Junior in Aiden.

Lily was to be our final canine however she turned despondent with Junior gone. We didn’t wish to undergo elevating one other pet and have been involved at our age {that a} younger canine might outlive us. Whereas speaking with the Belgian breeder who we’ve gotten all of our Sheepdogs from she indicated that her present AKC Champion (Aiden) had been injured and will now not present. She would love to have the ability to place him with us. Making the choice to take four-year-old Aiden into our household was a tremendous resolution. For Lily. And for us. And as a present canine in a house of present canine Aiden spent a whole lot of time confined or crated.

Coming to our dwelling can be the primary time he had “run of the home.” The breeder informed us he would have a a lot nicer life as a pet. And I can say that he’s absolutely embraced being a canine right here and profiting from each alternative to be a home canine.

And each Lily and Aiden can, amongst different magical qualities, ward off the autumn melancholia!