A few weeks ago my husband and I took our beloved Winston to Jacobs Pillow for some serious boogeying! Winston is our Mexican refugee dog who came back with us from Ajijic a year and a half ago. We adopted him quite unexpectedly after falling in love with him at an adoption day in our little village of Ajijic. This is the place we winter, escaping the severe cold of upstate New York.
My daughter had seen an ad for dog dancing at the world renowned Jacobs Pillow, a mecca in The Berkshires for serious dancing since the 1930’s. It is the oldest internationally acclaimed Summer dance festival in the United States. 220 acres in size and gorgeous, The Pillow, for those of us in the know, was listed as a National Historic Landmark District in 2003.
Apparently, The Pillow hosts a canine dancing event every Summer to celebrate National Dog Day. The dance is choreographed by resident dancers and the caregivers accompanying their canine friends. (the dance belongs to the dogs though, not the people! We just serve as props!)
“Partnering is fundamental to many dance genres and the partnership between dogs and their companions is unlike any other,” says Jacob’s Pillow Director Pamela Tatge. How right she is! We do not think we look silly jumping around and pirouetting with our four legged friends on the great lawn in the Berkshires. It is pure silliness, fun, and downright love for the one living thing that gives it’s owner unconditional love.
This event will now become a part of my cultural summers in the Berkshires, weather permitting. I will look forward to dancing barefoot in the grass with my agile Winston and paying homage to my senior citizen Colby. If only life could remain this simple!
A short post today before Barclay and I take a much needed rest from our blog publishing. We have published 60 posts since the end of January when we began. We are so proud of what we have accomplished and the response from our family and friends. We will be writing our little hearts out so that we have posts in the queue with no interruptions. We figured if Maria Shriver (our heroine and role model) could take off the whole month of August, we were entitled to at least two weeks!
. Don’t be afraid to act silly, laugh, run through the grass with your dog! Who cares who’s watching?!! Don’t be afraid to let loose. If not now, when?
. Our 4 legged friends are special. Love them with all your heart. Talk to them, cry on their backs, tell them secrets. They are on this earth for one reason only, to give pleasure. Never forget that DOG is GOD spelled backwards.
Enjoy the Ride!
Barclay and Joy