Experiencing Growth With Dogs By Our Sides
I often wonder what it would be like to see ourselves through our dogs’ eyes. Would they remember the person we were 7 years ago? Would they notice both the small and large ways in which we’ve changed over the years?
As humans, we are always changing. We grow—sometimes we regress. We are always becoming the next version of ourselves.
I’ve experienced a lot of growth since Mila joined our family 9 years ago. Personal, professional, and emotional growth. I have learned from my mistakes, opened my eyes and ears to others’ perspectives, and taken on new opportunities including raising a family of my own.
I’ve also experienced loss, heartache, and grief. Those experiences have also shaped me and helped me become the person I am today.
Through all these changes—good and bad—our dogs have been by our sides. They have sometimes been the only constant in our lives during these times. For that I am forever grateful.
Cali uses her platform to speak on Indigenous people’s topics and her life in Colorado with her dog, Mila. She is a mother, wife, full time ER nurse, and Coordinating Director for Native Women's Wilderness. Follow Cali's adventures at @caliwolf.