What do you get when you fall in love - with a dog, that is? More responsibilities and more distractions. To say I haven't wondered what we've done in acquiring this energetic intelligent and challenging creature would be an understatement. He is demanding, wants to learn, wants our attention and wants to be busy. What happened to the behaviours of our former dogs where they would rest at our feet, just contented be be near us? Not this guy. He has to collapse from exertion before he will lie down and be quiet.
I have a dear friend who also loves dogs and reads books about them. Many of her selections are behavioural- focussed, real-life situations. I, in turn, read several of those she recommends. I must find a job for my dog who (is that an anthropomorphic use of "who"?) has so much to offer. Yes, I had thought of hospital visitation work with children, and it is still a good idea. But, I believe that our little guy may need more. Sometimes, you receive a gift and our puppy seems to be just that. He is offering us the opportunity to make a difference and it is up to us to figure out what it is.
If you have read my novel, you will have come to the conclusion that I love animals and believe they have much to offer. Not only do they provide service to us in a physical sense, but also on an emotional level. The key is to listen! Whether it be rabbits, cats, dogs, horses, llamas or other critters, if we but pause and listen, we can create bonds that cross inter-species boundaries and nurture relationships that enable us to live more synergistically. To assume that, because we have a so-called higher level of intelligence, does not mean we cannot benefit from theses relationships. We'll let you know what we discover in the next few months as our puppy develops.