Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Life In The Fast Lane September 22, 2013

Today was loud. And fast. And I loved every minute of it.

I was the official unofficial race dog today at a place called Road America. It’s a well-known racetrack in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin about an hour away from my forever home. It has become a family tradition to go with my people and my grandparents right around this time every year. I look forward to the sights, the smells and the people love even more than the car ride to get there.

Joy. From the ground up, it happens throughout my time there when I get all kinds of attention from a wide variety of people from all over the country. I encounter smiles wherever my heart takes me and it doesn’t even bother me that they’re not just smiling because of me. They’re smiling because they love everything about race day. The sights. The smells. The speed.

The speed is what got me thinking today. I’ve never been on a car ride where the car was traveling 140 miles per hour. And I can’t say I would really like to try it. But I have gotten caught speeding in the fast lane once or twice. Not literally (as much as I would still love to learn) but figuratively. I think I have this in common with a lot of the people I met today. At one point or another we have all gotten a little carried away with life in the fast lane.

It gets loud. And flies by when you’re having fun. And we love every minute of it. But every now and then we need to slow down. I did this with mom and dad for a bit today as we took a walk around the track. Sure, the air still smelled like brats and motor fuel. And the cars kept doing their noisy thing on the track. But in those moments things were quiet. They paused to note the color in the trees and the simple beauty of the day.

The words of American musician Lindsey Buckingham came to life in these moments. “But by taking the time away, getting myself off the treadmill, and just slowing down and learning, I felt I had so much more to give back. And maybe that was something that needed to happen for all of us.”

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36 Responses to “Life In The Fast Lane”

  1. hello wiley its dennis the vizsla dog hay nice to meet yoo!!! wow yoo ar brayv to be so klose to all those reely lowd noisy cars!!! i bet it wood be intresting to ride in wun with yore nose owt the window altho i hayt to think wot it wood feel like if a beetel smakd into yore hed or sumthing wile yoo wer dooing it!!! ok bye

    • Well hello new friend!!! So nice to see you around these parts. You are right on-I found myself wondering the same thing about feeling the air running through my fur with my head out the window of those fast cars. Please come and visit me again soon!!

  2. Kuruk Says:

    You sure do look happy! Wooooowoooooo!

  3. πŸ˜€ we were watching F1 races at home yesterday… and the dog is either sulking or sleeping πŸ˜› Bwahahahaha! Glad you made it to the races in the flesh and enjoyed it πŸ™‚

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  5. alesiablogs Says:

    This is the cutest little guy! WOOF!

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  7. askfisher Says:

    We have been to lots of races, but they never allow dogs. They are not so beautiful as this either. I am sure everyone who sees you wants to stop for pets – you are such a cutey.

  8. Basil Says:

    Sounds like you had a lovely day!

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  10. What a wonderful day! Some speed, some slowing down, and a checkered flag bandana!! Awesome. You are stylin’ hard in that handsome thing, Wiley!

    Love and licks,

  11. Wow what an adventure! I wonder if someone there had only one look for the cars when you were there too. I bet the most people were lokking at you and your fabulous bandana.

  12. likeitiz Says:

    Looks like you had a great day, Wiley. That black and white checkered bandana looks great on you too!

  13. huntmode Says:

    See, Wyles! You might have missed some attention the night before (anniversary dinner night), but you got multiples the next day – blessings! Love the racing scarf – you sure are photogenic, Wyles!

    • I didn’t even put those two things together until you said so, dear HuntMode! I suppose what goes around comes around after all. And yes – I do love the camera. It’s a friend of mine. πŸ˜‰

  14. ednaatnutro Says:

    It sounds Paw-Some Wiley! πŸ™‚ Love the bandana.

  15. Wiley, are you a Fleetwood Mac fan? High Paws to you!

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    “Maybe that was something that needed to happen for all of us.” -Lindsey Buckingham

  17. kanzensakura Says:

    You are so cute. I wouldn’t doubt that you could actually drive one of those cars! Townes the cat can drive. I hope when you all go again next year, you’ll tell us about it. Fresh air, brats, friendly people, speed….wow.

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