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Why I Scrapped My Blog Post and Wrote This Story Instead

How my dog and a butterfly inspired me to enjoy the journey

Close-up of goldendoodle's face

As I was sitting at my laptop considering an angle for my next blog story, kiddoodle Chloe rang the “potty” bell (aka “play” and “outside” bell) that hung beside the door. Distracted by thoughts of blog titles and introductory sentences, I opened the kitchen door and my very enthusiastic muppet dog bounded into our backyard. The breezy summer day awakened me from my thoughts. It was cooler than the 100 degree temps that had been visiting us. I looked at Chloe. My self-imposed deadline to complete my blog within the hour began to fade from my thoughts.



Butterfly hidden in flowers inspires a blog

A Beautiful Day…

Chloe was the first to spot the fluttery butterfly on the pinky winky hydrangea bush in our backyard. I ran inside to fetch my DLSR camera. When I returned, I couldn’t believe my good fortune–both Chloe and the butterfly were still within camera shot of each other. Chloe investigated her fluttery new friend as it hovered over the pale pink and white flower blossoms. A cardinal swooped in. Locusts hummed. It was one of those moments that leave me searching for the right word to describe it, and feeling inadequate at my craft, I decided that “beautiful” will have to do. 

Off the Beaten Path…

About one hundred camera shots later and after the butterfly slipped out of our backyard to continue on her journey, Chloe scooped up her well-worn, yellow tennis ball of happiness in her mouth and dropped it in the grass that had turned from spring green to the deeper emerald hues of summer. In a familiar routine (evident by the pattern etched in the grass by fluffy muppet paws), I threw the ball. Chloe’s ears fluttered in the breeze as she returned it to me. As I tossed the ball in the air a second time, I threw my planned blog story to the wind. It could wait for a winter day. It was summer! Chloe had just shared her own dog days of summer story with me. It just needed telling.

Fluttery Butterfly Days and a Happy Dog

A very curious goldendoodle looks up at a butterfly sitting in a white flowering hydrangea bush.

Hello, Flutter-by!


A curious red goldendoodle peers up at a butterfly on a flowering hydrangea bush

Wanna play?


A red goldendoodle dog looks wistful about a butterfly that is just out of reach on the flowering hydrangea bush

Why do you stay so far away?



A tiger swallowtail butterfly sitting on a flowering pinky winky hydrangea

Is that a scuff on your left wing…


Tiger swallowtail butterfly with wings in a V position sitting on a pinky winky hydrangea blossom

…from so many miles of traveling?


Tiger swallowtail's wings blurred as it swiftly sails by a white flowering hydrangea bush

Safe journey to you, my flutter by friend…

A happy goldendoodle returns a yellow tennis ball

Please come and visit my backyard again!

Summer butterfly days flutter by. 

A Few Side Notes…

A tiger swallowtail butterfly with wings gently arched as it gets ready to fly away from the pinky winky hydrangea bush it sits on

  • A quick Google search confirmed that the butterfly who visited our backyard was an eastern tiger swallowtail. According to Butterflies and Moths of North America, the Papilio glaucus Linnaeus has two flights from May through September in the north. (Our visitor was right on schedule!)
  •  “Pinky Winky” really is the name for the hydrangea bush that the swallowtail butterfly made as her temporary resting spot. Isn’t that the cutest name for a plant?
  • Naturally curious, Chloe stops to watch anything with wings including birds, bees, butterflies…and airplanes.

How does your dog inspire you enjoy the moment?

We’d love to hear. Please comment below.

Thank you for sharing in our adventures. If this story brought a smile, a laugh, or a woof, you might also enjoy:

Eight (Special and Smile-bringing) Ways You Know Your Dog Is Family 

Happy Talk: The Emotional Bond Between Dog and Pet Parent

Four Quotes About Dog Love That Are Perfect for Dog Moms

Doodle kisses and tail wags!

Why I looked up from writing my blog and found the real life story to tell.


Saturday 12th of August 2017

What a beautiful in-the-moment story!! Rooney reminds me to stop and smell the roses (or pinky winkies) first thing every morning. I start every day with a few pets with Rooney and often lay on the ground next to him to stretch and give a few belly rubs before opening my door to start the day. Those are moments I will always cherish!


Sunday 13th of August 2017

Thank you! Happy that you and Rooney get to share many memorable moments as well!


Thursday 10th of August 2017

I am often so distracted by things outside my window! I occasionally have to close the blinds to get any work worth the outside time though!!!


Thursday 10th of August 2017

Yes! Getting outdoors, even for a short walk, is so rejuvenating!

Dolly the Doxie

Thursday 10th of August 2017

I love it when you stop to just enjoy the little things. I used to spend more time in the backyard with the dogs but I've been too busy inside on the blog, the house etc.Usually my excuse is, it's too hot, but not lately. So I'm making more of an effort to be out with the dogs and always at least have my phone with me. If I grab the DSLR the girls think it's a photo shoot and expect treats.


Thursday 10th of August 2017

Too cute that the girls expect treats when the DSLR comes out! Chloe gets excited when I put her bandana on. She knows fun is ahead! Dogs are so smart!

Sandy Kubillus

Wednesday 9th of August 2017

I love the story and the photos, but it took a long time for the photos to load. How did you get such great pictures? I definitely agree that sometimes it's best to enjoy the moment and go with the flow - only this can become a habit and then I don't get anything done!


Thursday 10th of August 2017

Thanks for letting me know about the load time. I'm on it! I love taking photos...especially of Chloe. Enjoying the moment renews my creativity so that I'm energized to get things done! Sounds like you do the same :)

For The Love of Paws

Wednesday 9th of August 2017

I repinned the last image! So great. I love all of these shots. How inspiring! I love that you allowed yourself to go off your schedule and post about something so spur of the moment and simple as your dog finding a beautiful butterfly. :) These are the things to notice!


Thursday 10th of August 2017

Thanks you for pinning the image! We're so happy you like it. We agree with you. The simple, unexpected moments are the things to notice.

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