Walking with Shirley

The following is an excerpt from the book Out on a Leash

Shirley's Dog Terry: I love to play on the beach with my MM. Sometimes when I'm chasing sand I will see huge dogs come bounding toward me. I always roll over on my back and let them think they are in charge. But I have this act down. MM knows it too. She's never concerned for me because she knows that in the end TERRY RULES.

It's people in uniforms who sometimes bother me. Once the Dog Police came out on the beach to arrest me and take me to dog jail because I didn't have my leash on. I knew what they were thinking so I jumped into my MM's arms and started my shivering act. MM was furious; she held me close and screamed at them. She called them Fascists and threatened to sue them if they hurt me. They were very upset by her behavior and turned away, leaving me safe. I licked my MM's face and understood more than ever how much she loves me. She knows that as we walk through this lifetime together I am her spiritual teacher. She is out on my leash? my spiritual leash.

I love to walk on the beach when the sun goes into the water. Sometimes this means the moon will go up soon. If it goes up tonight maybe I can use it to teach MM more about the light of reflection. After all, everything is a reflection. Although I'm happy here in Malibu I can't wait to go to our ranch in New Mexico because there are other kinds of reflections there: reflections of trees and birds and insects and shadows from the rocky mountains and hills, and of course reflections from my family of dog friends. And there are no humans in uniforms.

Shirley's Perspective

Shirley MacLaine, Oscar winner, three-time Emmy winner, and 10-time Golden Globe winner, has appeared in more than 50 films, has been nominated for an Academy Award six times; she received the Oscar for Best Actress in 1984 for her performance in Terms of Endearment. A longtime outspoken advocate for civil rights and liberties, women's right, and spiritual understanding, Shirley MacLaine has sold more than 20 million copies of her nine international bestsellers, which include her most recent success, The Camino. For more information, please visit the author's Website at: www.shirleymaclaine.com.

Published by Atria; October 2003; Copyright © 2003 Shirley MacLaine

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