Why I Scrapped My Blog Post and Wrote This Story Instead

How my dog and a butterfly inspired me to enjoy the journey

Close-up of goldendoodle's face

As I was sitting at my laptop considering an angle for my next blog story, kiddoodle Chloe rang the “potty” bell (aka “play” and “outside” bell) that hung beside the door. Distracted by thoughts of blog titles and introductory sentences, I opened the kitchen door and my very enthusiastic muppet dog bounded into our backyard. The breezy summer day awakened me from my thoughts. It was cooler than the 100 degree temps that had been visiting us. I looked at Chloe. My self-imposed deadline to complete my blog within the hour began to fade from my thoughts.

 

 

Butterfly hidden in flowers inspires a blog

A Beautiful Day…

Chloe was the first to spot the fluttery butterfly on the pinky winky hydrangea bush in our backyard. I ran inside to fetch my DLSR camera. When I returned, I couldn’t believe my good fortune–both Chloe and the butterfly were still within camera shot of each other. Chloe investigated her fluttery new friend as it hovered over the pale pink and white flower blossoms. A cardinal swooped in. Locusts hummed. It was one of those moments that leave me searching for the right word to describe it, and feeling inadequate at my craft, I decided that “beautiful” will have to do. 

Off the Beaten Path…

About one hundred camera shots later and after the butterfly slipped out of our backyard to continue on her journey, Chloe scooped up her well-worn, yellow tennis ball of happiness in her mouth and dropped it in the grass that had turned from spring green to the deeper emerald hues of summer. In a familiar routine (evident by the pattern etched in the grass by fluffy muppet paws), I threw the ball. Chloe’s ears fluttered in the breeze as she returned it to me. As I tossed the ball in the air a second time, I threw my planned blog story to the wind. It could wait for a winter day. It was summer! Chloe had just shared her own dog days of summer story with me. It just needed telling.

Fluttery Butterfly Days and a Happy Dog

A very curious goldendoodle looks up at a butterfly sitting in a white flowering hydrangea bush.
Hello, Flutter-by!

 

A curious red goldendoodle peers up at a butterfly on a flowering hydrangea bush
Wanna play?

 

A red goldendoodle dog looks wistful about a butterfly that is just out of reach on the flowering hydrangea bush
Why do you stay so far away?

 

 

A tiger swallowtail butterfly sitting on a flowering pinky winky hydrangea
Is that a scuff on your left wing…

 

Tiger swallowtail butterfly with wings in a V position sitting on a pinky winky hydrangea blossom
…from so many miles of traveling?

 

Tiger swallowtail's wings blurred as it swiftly sails by a white flowering hydrangea bush
Safe journey to you, my flutter by friend…
A happy goldendoodle returns a yellow tennis ball
Please come and visit my backyard again!

Summer butterfly days flutter by. 

A Few Side Notes…

A tiger swallowtail butterfly with wings gently arched as it gets ready to fly away from the pinky winky hydrangea bush it sits on

  • A quick Google search confirmed that the butterfly who visited our backyard was an eastern tiger swallowtail. According to Butterflies and Moths of North America, the Papilio glaucus Linnaeus has two flights from May through September in the north. (Our visitor was right on schedule!)
  •  “Pinky Winky” really is the name for the hydrangea bush that the swallowtail butterfly made as her temporary resting spot. Isn’t that the cutest name for a plant?
  • Naturally curious, Chloe stops to watch anything with wings including birds, bees, butterflies…and airplanes.

How does your dog inspire you enjoy the moment?

We’d love to hear. Please comment below.

Thank you for sharing in our adventures. If this story brought a smile, a laugh, or a woof, you might also enjoy:

Eight (Special and Smile-bringing) Ways You Know Your Dog Is Family 

Happy Talk: The Emotional Bond Between Dog and Pet Parent

Four Quotes About Dog Love That Are Perfect for Dog Moms

Doodle kisses and tail wags!

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50 thoughts on “Why I Scrapped My Blog Post and Wrote This Story Instead

  1. your photos are just beautiful….that was meant to be! My dog inspires me every day with his unconditional love, that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?

    1. Yes! Yes! Yes!

  2. As soon as shade envelopes our front yard, Charlie stands at the front door with his ball between his paws and that is the signal to come out and play! If dog-mom gets tired of that, he moves on to search for the little toad that lives among the rocks in the bushes.It seems to be more fun if he has an audience!

    1. Awww…I can just imagine handsome Charlie with the ball between his paws and an eager look on his face! And searching for a toad? That would be too cute!

  3. I love this story and your live-in-the-moment attitude. Sometimes I find myself sitting at my computer for too long with long puppy faces staring at me from the couch. Grabbing the leashes and heading out the door always proves adventurous. Spending time with the pups and loving on them is always a win!

    1. Well said. Our dogs are our motivators, adventures, and friends. Time together with them is always amazing!

  4. I DID wonder about Pinky Winky……. It didn’t sound ‘quite’ your style 😉

    Love the butterfly, we get Monarchs here but never blue butterlies!!

    1. It was fun to add the Pinky Winky fun fact at the end! Whoever named that flower has a flair for the creative. We are hoping to have some monarchs in our backyard this year…and capture a few pics of them, too. Thanks so much for stopping by and joining us on our adventures!

  5. I love catching an amazing moment with my camera! Your photos are beautiful. Hard to imagine winter during this beautiful weather. Thank goodness you have Chloe to remind you to live in the moment.

    1. Thank you! I enjoy taking pics and Chloe’s happy to provide lots of sweet moments that are picture-worthy! Glad you stopped by to follow along on our adventures.

  6. Dogs are amazing like that. They seem to know and appreciate the truly important things in life and are great reminders for us to do the same. Sounds like a perfect work break to me! 🙂

    1. It was a perfect work break…that inspired my work! Happy you enjoyed our post.

  7. Beautiful photos! I love relaxing and enjoying our garden with my dog. She reminds me to just relax and live in the moment, enjoy listening to the birds and taking in the scents of the flowers.

    1. Thank you. I’m happy you enjoyed our photos! Nature and dogs together…such a happy combination!

  8. You definitely made the right choice to publish this sweet story and beautiful photos! Sometimes it’s more meaningful to stop & smell the Pinky Winky! It’s so cute when Icy spies bumble bees flying around my flowers, she is so fascinated by them. I love that photo of Chloe turning towards the camera with the butterfly on the bush. That’s adorable. Thanks for sharing this precious moment.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    1. Thanks, Cathy, for your kind comments. Your line “stop & smell the Pinky Winky” made me smile! I can just imagine Icy’s sweet face tracing the path of a bumblebee.

  9. This is such a beautiful story and insight, not to mention the stunning photos! My dogs teach me so much about staying present in the moment. Though they mostly find squirrels more fascinating than butterflies. 😉 They teach me to be present when we are resting and relaxing together. I love to just lie with them and listen to them breathe. I can’t imagine life without them, my greatest teachers. <3

    1. Awww…resting and listening to your dogs next to you. That’s such a peaceful moment. Thank you for sharing how you enjoy living in the moment with your furry friends. And thanks for your kind words about our Happy-Go-Doodle story and photos. Much appreciated.

  10. I love that shot with your dog and the butterfly…classic moment as you mentioned. Yes that’s the thing about pets, they definitely teach us so many valuable life lessons. Living present in the moment is a good one. Dogs (and cats) are so clever.

    1. Yes, dogs AND cats are amazing. Love all our furry friends.

  11. Your post is a reminder that time passes quickly and we should all seize the moment when we can. Most days I remember this, but recently I’ve been working overtime at my day job as well as on my blog, letting time get away from me. Fortunately, my pets give me gentle reminders with a nudge of their noses or a paw on my keyboard. Since my dog Soldier is 18 years old and my cat Peanut Butter is 17 years old, missing even one opportunity to interact with them would be a grave loss!

    1. Thank you, Lori. It sounds like you have many moments of joy with Soldier and Peanut Butter. Those gentle nudges with a paw or a nose are the best, aren’t they!

  12. How wonderful Chloe was able to remind you how to enjoy life and some special time together. Sometimes, I get so bogged down into a blog post or something else I want to do that I forget to enjoy the little things and time with my girls.

    1. Yes, that is real life…getting caught up in all the to-dos. Chloe, and all pets, are the sweetest reminders to enjoy the moment!

  13. I really loved this post because it was unplanned and straight from the heart. Sometimes you just got to let your furry friend take decisions for you 🙂 When hiking my dogs often lead me on new trails I wouldn’t have chosen myself. That way we get adventures we wouldn’t have had if it wasn’t because of them showing the way 🙂

    1. Awww…your kind words mean so much to me. I’m happy you enjoyed this post and the fact that it came from the heart. It sounds like you have some wonderful adventures with your dogs as the trailblazers!

  14. I love how the message here is to appreciate and follow our dog’s lead. I have had a long to-do list that gets interrupted by dogs needing/wanting to go out. I make the walk to the back door reluctantly as I feel annoyed but when I see the joy on their faces when they find a little twig that they toss to themselves or begin a fun game of chase, I slip from feelings of interruption to joy. My dogs are why I do what I do, they are the inspiration to my life and even it means they have to frequently remind me of that fact, I welcome it each time and pay a little closer attention to the details and simplicity of their happiness.

    1. Awww…thank you. It makes me so happy to hear that this story (and following our dog’s lead) resonated with you. Your comment sums it up beautifully, and your line is lovely…”My dogs are why I do what I do, they are the inspiration to my life.” Chloe is my inspiration every day.

  15. I simply adore this post!
    Our pets are amazing.
    They teach us SO much about life!
    I get all bunged up OFTEN when trying to meet a deadline or struggling over something silly like a blog post title.
    Not really silly as you know but still … we struggle over things we should not stress about.
    Our pets teach us to slow down, Look at the flowers and butterflies!
    They teach us to RELAX and breathe and take in the moment.
    I cherish my times outside with my pup.
    Sitting on my porch swing.
    Taking in nature.
    Thank you for sharing this moment with us.
    A miracle you got so many great shots!
    We know how hard it can be to capture those moments! LOL
    It was meant to be!

    1. Yes! It was one of those moments that was meant to be! Thank you so much for your comment. So well said. (And, yes, I do know what you mean by getting hung up on a blog post title. It happens to me too!) Sitting on your porch swing with your pup by your side…that sounds like the perfect together time moment.

  16. What a wonderful post! It is so important to just be present and enjoy the moment at times. Chloe was a perfect inspiration.

    1. Thank you! So happy to stopped by and enjoyed our post.

  17. Sometimes the best thing to do is to stop and smell the roses. Appreciate the moment. Reminds me the spring fall day when a lot of thawing at once and there was water running everywhere. Cookie thought it was great fun so we stayed and splashed. I was glad I did because an hour later it was all over. We were able to seize the moment.

    1. Oh, that sounds like an amazing day with Cookie! Unexpected adventures are the most fun!

  18. Pets are perfect in their ability to enjoy the moment and in helping us do that too. I had a Papillon who used to love to chase butterflies, which I think fitting because Papillon means “little butterfly”. Our adopted senior whom we lost a few years ago was also remarkable in his zest for life. During his days of health, it was impossible to hang out with him and not enjoy life. Now three cats keep me active….

    You’ve perfectly captured a memory. The photos helped your story come alive. Yes, I love the name “Pinky Winky” for a plant. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh, what sweet pets you’ve had in your life. I love that your “little butterfly” chased butterflies. And your senior dog brought so much joy everywhere he went. Thank you so much for sharing your stories…and for following along on our Happy-Go-Doodle adventures.

  19. Gorgeous pics! What a wonderful way to embrace the moment! Sometimes the best moments happen off the beaten path! The butterfly pic is beautiful and how lovely to have it come for a visit and be the muse behind such a wonderful time. My Huskies inspire me so often to just enjoy sudden moments – from when they howl and sing, or “talk” or play…so many things I see through their eyes and am filled with wonder and joy.

    1. Awww…I love this! Seeing things through the eyes of our pets…such a great way to put it. It sounds like you have fun, spontaneous moments with your huskies. So happy you stopped by to follow along with us on our “butterfly” journey.

  20. What a beautiful moment you two shared and how awesome you were able to recognize the opportunity. So many of us rush through the day, living by a schedule with such inflexibility. I am so impressed that you were able to grab your camera and give us all a peak into the stunning beauty Chloe found that day!

    1. Awww…thanks so much for your kind words!

  21. I repinned the last image! So great. I love all of these shots. How inspiring! I love that you allowed yourself to go off your schedule and post about something so spur of the moment and simple as your dog finding a beautiful butterfly. 🙂 These are the things to notice!

    1. Thanks you for pinning the image! We’re so happy you like it. We agree with you. The simple, unexpected moments are the things to notice.

  22. I love the story and the photos, but it took a long time for the photos to load. How did you get such great pictures? I definitely agree that sometimes it’s best to enjoy the moment and go with the flow – only this can become a habit and then I don’t get anything done!

    1. Thanks for letting me know about the load time. I’m on it! I love taking photos…especially of Chloe. Enjoying the moment renews my creativity so that I’m energized to get things done! Sounds like you do the same 🙂

  23. I love it when you stop to just enjoy the little things. I used to spend more time in the backyard with the dogs but I’ve been too busy inside on the blog, the house etc.Usually my excuse is, it’s too hot, but not lately. So I’m making more of an effort to be out with the dogs and always at least have my phone with me. If I grab the DSLR the girls think it’s a photo shoot and expect treats.

    1. Too cute that the girls expect treats when the DSLR comes out! Chloe gets excited when I put her bandana on. She knows fun is ahead! Dogs are so smart!

  24. I am often so distracted by things outside my window! I occasionally have to close the blinds to get any work done…so worth the outside time though!!!

    1. Yes! Getting outdoors, even for a short walk, is so rejuvenating!

  25. What a beautiful in-the-moment story!! Rooney reminds me to stop and smell the roses (or pinky winkies) first thing every morning. I start every day with a few pets with Rooney and often lay on the ground next to him to stretch and give a few belly rubs before opening my door to start the day. Those are moments I will always cherish!

    1. Thank you! Happy that you and Rooney get to share many memorable moments as well!

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