Sep 2, 2011

Dog Days of Summer Labyrinth Walk

We came, we walked, we woofed.
Dog Days of Summer Labyrinth Walk
Combining a TweepUp of local Marin Twitter pals with a dog play date, Merlin held court at the Fountain of Hope Labyrinth at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Terra Linda. Pastor Lon filled the fountain with fresh water as resident King Charles Spaniel, Kingston, bounced about greeting his visitors. Dog Days of Summer Labyrinth Walk
Poncho brought Sally_K who brought Dolores, Marc, and Murphy; Hogarth sat in the olive grove shade with Cate; neighbors Nancy and Mike walked over with Mala and Boomer. Dixie sent Alembic and dog auntie Diane brought Ken_. We checked in on foursquare, scoring extra points for hanging with the mayors.
Dog Days of Summer Labyrinth Walk
After the initial enthusiasm of a spontaneous pack party settled down, Cindy and Marty rang Tingshas inviting walkers to enter the labyrinth. Peace descended as dogs quietly accompanied their people along the path, stopping to greet each other and sniff carved pebbles offering words of hope nestled amongst the stones.
Dog Days of Summer Labyrinth Walk
People calmed as dogs calmed. Serenity flowed around the circuits, radiating from the splashing fountain in the center. The labyrinth revealed one of its profound teachings: be present, and walk the path presented before you, one foot/paw step at a time.
Dog Days of Summer Labyrinth Walk
Laberdogs jostled to pose in the center for the treat tossing photographer as tweep pals Pobutler, FunMaster, and BeanUpTheNoseTam texted virtual pats and biscuits.
Dog Days of Summer Labyrinth Walk

Dog Days of Summer Labyrinth Walk Gallery

Dog Days of Summer Labyrinth Walk
Sally_K posts Marin TweetUps so check out future events, with and without our four-footed companions. The outdoor Fountain of Hope Labyrinth is always open, and the church hosts 1st Tuesday Labyrinth Walks with music and are planning a special 9/11 observance.

The Fountain of Hope Labyrinth is one of Merlin’s favorite California labyrinths. He finds it especially refreshing. You can too. Come walk. Be of dog mind. Walk your path in life’s labyrinth with presence, curiosity, optimism. Sniff peace. Woof!
Merlin Drinks from the Fountain of Hope

4 comments:

Colleen Proppé said...

Great photos, Cindy! What a fun time it looks like you had. I love the group photo with the dogs. See you at the Art Walk Tweet Up on Sept 9! This Friday... Check it out on Sally Around the Bay here: http://sallyaroundthebay.kontribune.com/frontpage/events#100

Cindy Pavlinac said...

Merlin and I will be in our studio, welcoming visitors and looking for our Tweeps! Woof!

Worktops guy said...

Did Merlin enjoy meeting other dogs?

Cindy Pavlinac said...

Yes! Merlin enjoyed hosting friendly dogs and their people at his local labyrinth. He showed everyone how to pose for the camera. King of the neighborhood!