A few days ago, my mom and dad were plating up their favorite dinner when they heard a yelp. When they look at their myriad ofalthough they were not of course, their energetic Maltese who was lying down quietly at the foot of their table, jumped up to go play with them.
To their surprise, the dog stood up and started to pace back and forth. Seeing this, Dad pulled his chair over to the table and began to yell. The dog just jumped right back into the chair and remained in the same position on the table for a good 20 minutes with the dad sitting next to him.
They both remained quiet.
dad walked over to the table with the intention of finding the platter Has it been forgotten? They found the platter and immediately got into the deep conversation that was happening. The dog kept on playing his game, and dad simply stayed as he watched.
After a good two or three minutes, the dog jumped up on the table again and repeated the same procedures. This time, the dad leaped up on the table and joined in. The game got so intense, they were actually breaking wood, shoving buttercups around, and he even tried to maneuver the board of nylabone into the platter’s path. They were kidding themselves (and amusing us) as they thought of the possible outcomes of this entertaining little episode.
The dog was so happy, he did not take any notice of his platter’s removal. He continued to play his game with his two goons on the table.
dad returned the platter to its original place on the floor. The dog then proceeded to tear into it completely, retrieve his tear-induced possessions, and then patiently wait for his treat.
Once the treat was handed out, the dog made his way back to his platter and continued to play with it as if it were not even missing a thing. This is a sure sign that the game continues. As they say, patience is a virtue.
dad could have been planning to relinquish his role as sole decision-maker regarding the family dog. If he’d consulted with his trusted naturalist and other members of the family prior to his decision, he would’ve probably gotten a different result. The dog is an integral member of the family, and his removalrad worst choice.
But he did it anyway. That tell us something. Either he thought of the dog’s presence as a problem to be solved or he hoped his presence would help somehow to stop the pain the family was experiencing.
Your dog is a living creature and like any other being, needs your love, affection, and attention. That is all a human can ask.
feelings do not and should not be deduced from actions or mere words. They are not predictors that can be predicted. We can, however, learn from our actions what kinds of feelings they are and how they affect us.
You and I, as human beings, lack privileges that only humans have.
We humans speak cause and effect; we have the ability to affect another human’s behavior and emotions. We have superior hearing and a more acute sense of smell and taste. We walk around with a certain amount of awareness and understanding of the world around us. We even create and maintain our own personal websites that we can look at to gather information and knowledge about the flavors and properties of things around us.
All of these give us access to a great many things around us. And, all of these afford us opportunities to learn more about the less pleasant aspects of our human nature.
The pain we all feel, the confusing and occasionally frustrating encounters with other people, the occasional frustration and embarrassment when our insights don’t fit with the herd mentality, the overall sense of hope and possibility that we have when we walk through the front door after a long hard day — all of these are conducive to a happier and much healthier life.
The same can be said about dogs.
Dogs have a variety of different personalities and dispositions, which because of their many different nature have given rise to a extensive selection ofovan available for our Bernese Mountain Dog to choose from.
There is the playful, high-energy dog that might be a good choice for a family with younger children; the sweet and docile family companion who is perfectly content to be your 2 year old (though he may want to do other things, like chasing cars or visiting the neighbors); the headstrong and serious antler-chopper, who is the guardian of the group or property (and probably 99% of the other time, the Baron) and the protector of the human pack inside the citronella fence.