I don’t know what it is about this time of year that just screams “inspiration.”

Spring is all about growth and expansion. It’s time to clear unwanted clutter, not only in our open spaces, but from our bodies and minds as well. It’s time for a fresh start – a chance to fulfill our personal goals, boost our health and plan something special with our four-legged friends.

Now that summer is just around the corner, there are so many more activities to do with dogs in the great outdoors. Lately I’ve been feeling like there’s not enough time to accomplish everything I want to do in a single day. At first, I thought this was a bad thing, but now I’m beginning to realize that it’s not so bad having lots of choices. Thanks to the beautiful – not too hot – weather, it’s now possible to go outside with the dogs every day and get a lot of things done.

When I feel inspired, I tend to make big “to-do” lists. This way I don’t forget anything. So in case you were wondering, some of the things on my “Springtime To-Do List” include: go for a hike in the mountains (which isn’t hard for me considering I live in Utah); take more photographs; go on more outside walks; and visit a nearby lake.

If these kinds of things aren’t already on your list, well, maybe they should be.

There’s plenty to do with your dog in the great outdoors. Photo by Taran4uk/Dreamstime.com.

Fortunately for you and your favorite doggy, taking a hike and taking pictures are activities you can do together. And if you’re thinking you don’t have time for any new spring adventures, trust me, it’s worth it to make time – even if it’s one day a week.

Finding inspiration in the spring can be fun. Because our dogs, in general, are inspiring, I sometimes just sit and watch the funny things that mine do. I have to sit there and laugh at the nonsense that must be going on in their minds.

The warm weather must have them feeling inspired as well, because lately I’ve seen my dogs go from a lazy attitude to “wheeee, crazy time, let’s have fun” attitude. Oh, the joys of spring!

Let’s all remember to allow ourselves to be inspired by all the wonderful springtime madness. Spring is the time to get things done and have some fun.

Now, what are you doing reading this blog? Take your doggy outside for some one-on-one time!

Springtime and Dogs Freakin’ Rule!