I don’t really know why they do it, but I love seeing dogs stick their heads out car windows as their owners drive down the street. Yesterday I watched a large dog put his head far out the passenger-side back window. The faster the car went, the more the dog seemed to enjoy it.  
          Perhaps it is that dogs love the rush of fresh air flowing over their heads, but I fear I am anthropomorphizing dogs a bit much. We humans are the ones who write poems about the wind in our hair.
          Maybe it is a breathing thing, and dogs appreciate help in getting oxygen into the nose. Maybe, on the other hand, they are signaling to other cars that they want to escape a particular car or car owner. There I go anthropomorphizing again.
          I enjoy watching dogs enjoy a car ride. I admit, however, that this most recent experience caused fear that the dog’s head would hit something on the side of the road. Dogs don’t worry about such things, but some of us people do.
          This is the season for fresh air. Sometimes you have to seek it out and then breathe deeply. It’s part of experiencing life fully.

“Then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”

Genesis 2:7


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