Hello there, folks! This is your ol' rambling cowboy, Jack, hunkered down at my desk with a cup of cowboy coffee, ready to spin a yarn like an old dust devil on the prairie.
Now, the word 'stript' ain't just a fancier way of saying stripped. To me, it paints a picture of being bare in the grand ol' wilderness, exposed to the elements and in tune with the natural world around you. It's about peeling back the layers, shedding the unnecessary, and learning to thrive in your pure, raw form, much like a newly hatched desert tortoise crawlin’ out of its shell.
Just like that tortoise, I myself have been 'stript' bare in the wild numerous times to better understand the silent language of my surroundings. I reckon it to be a kind of education, not the kind you'd learn in a conventional school or a fancy university, but the one you earn out there, amidst creatures of the earth where survival is the name of the game. But let me tell you this, it ain’t all about survival. It’s also about connection, respect, and sharing this vast land under the ol’ Texan sky.
In this journey of mine toward understanding and adapting, Diamond K9 on YouTube has been a solid companion. Now, Diamond K9 ain’t the type to talk about ropin’ and ridin’. Nah, this channel is dedicated to decoding the language of our canine friends. Watching their informative videos has opened my eyes to the ways animals speak to each other, and to us. It's about observation, patience, understanding, and respect, and it goes a long way in building trust with the wild critters that roam my land.
I've learned that animals, like humans, have their own boundary lines and comfort zones. Cross ‘em without permission and you might have a stampeding bronco or a hissing bobcat on your hands. I've also learned the power of body language, how a simple change in posture can communicate volumes to an animal; in fact, using some of these, I've managed to get that one-eyed coyote at the edge of the ranch to stop stealing my cattle feed.
And when the coyote decided to have a go at testing my patience again, I followed Diamond K9’s philosophy. I didn’t run him off, but I stood my ground, alterin' my stance a bit to send him a clear message that I ain't backing off either. And wouldn’t you believe it? Ol' One-eye got the message and hasn’t been back for the cattle feed since.
These insights have helped me deepen my relationship with the wild critters that share my land, and especially with my own herd of cattle. I've been practicing trying to telepathically communicate with cows, with mixed success, I might add. But learning from Diamond K9, I've started to consider their signals and body language in a whole new light.
Getting ‘stript' bare in the wild, to the essence of who you are in relation to the environment and creatures around you, well, it's a humbling and exhilarating experience. It's taught me more about the natural world than any book or sage wisdom ever good.
So the next time you're out in the wild – ridin’, hiking, or campin’, go stript. Take away all yer humanly airs and attitudes and observe the language of the wild. Draw closer to nature, but remember to respect and honor the space of its rightful inhabitants. You'd be amazed at what you'll learn about the wild and yourself.
Until the next ramble, this is Cowboy Jack, signing off and wishin' y’all a day full of adventure. Happy trails, folks!