Following Atticus

I was watching Animal Planet awhile back and discovered Tom & Atticus during a special on Schnauzers (maybe on Dog 101?). I downloaded the book instantly, but I had to wait patiently to read it as I was already knee deep in other book club books. I recently finished it in between other books and as I’m sure anyone could tell you – it comes highly recommended. Who wouldn’t love an inspirational story of one man and his wee dog? A story that touches your heart and reaffirms that:

  1. It’s never too late to change
  2. Even if you’re small, you can still do something BIG!

Maybe I’m just a sucker for puppies. Maybe I’m a dreamer too. But I can’t help but smile every time I read an update from Tom & Atticus (yes, he keeps a regular blog too!). So without further ado, some quotes from this amazing story that will hopefully inspire you to read and follow Atticus.

But I’d like to think that if we can get our lives just right and become who we were always supposed to be – if we become the people we dreamed of being when we were young and pure and innocent, then and only then do we find our way home again. I don’t think many make it. There are just too many distractions and obstacles. Yet I’ve come to believe that the worst we can do is to give up looking for it.

But that’s the thing about adventures – you’re invited to take a chance without knowing the outcome, and all that matters is that you say yes.

And finally, my favorite quote:

Someone asked me once why I would hike, or at least finish my hike, at night, alone with Atticus on a mountain if I feared the dark, even the slightest bit. Good question. I guess I wanted to believe I was beyond such fears. But it’s also because much of what I do with Atticus in the mountains is about being more than I have been in the past. It was about wanting to be a better me, about spitting in the eye of the witch.


ps. Following Atticus bumped me to 10 out of 12 books read for 2012. So close 🙂


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