Of Dogs and Children

It’s been said that our children and our pets can sense what we’re feeling and often play off of that.  I was away for a month recently and my dog was home — being VERY well cared for.  (Side note, the thing I love about dogs is that they are so “in the moment” it seems there is no past or future — it’s all about the “now”. Until he sees my face again, I don’t think he’s that aware I’m not there.) But upon arriving home, I am struck with guilt for having been away. So now he launches his attack, barking and whining hysterically every time I so much as step into the yard. I sooth and reassure him, until a friend points out that actually my lack of authority is more disconcerting to him. (Another side note — does this say something about me and God? That I feel safer when I let him take charge?) So I will reassert my “alpha status” with my dog, and watch as he settles into the safety of knowing he doesn’t have to figure it all out himself.

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About Renaissance Girl

I moved to the Community with my family in 1988 when I was 10 - which gives away my current age! I am now a solemnly professed member - I work at Paraclete Press, the publishing arm of the Community and I love my job! I also sing in the choir Gloriæ Dei Cantores, and am a member of Elements Theatre Company and Spirit of America Band. As a Docent for the Church of the Transfiguration, I get to discover new things about the church every time I share it with someone else. When I'm not doing one of those activities, I love to spend time with my dog or my "extended family". There's a lot of variety in my life which keeps me energized - and I'm learning how to be more in the moment so whether I'm at a rehearsal, or making dinner in the kitchen with 5 girls, they all get 100% of me!

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