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Company for Christmas: Resolved

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It’s 2010 and I’m down to one dog.

The last of my holiday guests has been returned to her owners, leaving Ace and me on our own again. However tested we might have felt at times, I think we both agree it’s way too quiet now.

DSC07586I’d like to think that Ace and my guests gained something from the experience — that Darcy will remember to relieve herself outdoors; that Cheyenne will remember how Ace helped guide her to the park; that Lucas will never forget that I can bark louder — though not for as long — as him.

Maybe I taught them a thing or two, but they — as often happens when humans and dogs connect –  have taught me much more.

Hence, my New Year’s resolutions:

DSC07662Be more like Ace: Share. Allow new beings, after a good sniffing out, into my life. When others get on my nerves, just walk away. Don’t whine. Don’t get cranky. Take things in stride. Adjust.

Be more like Lucas: Speak up when circumstances so dictate, or maybe sometimes even when they don’t. Keep plodding along, despite any aches, pains or inconveniences. And, if there’s a particularly attractive mud puddle, do not hesitate, even if wearing white, to jump on in and splash around. Get dirty once in a while.

Be more like Cheyenne: When I bump my head, keep going — with quiet grace. Persevere. Don’t whine about the obstacles; find a way around them. Step lightly, but keep moving forward.

Be more like Darcy: Seize the day. Live in the moment (even though, at the moment, I’m quite sick of that phrase). Grab the bone. Fart loud and often. Explore. Stay excited — maybe not to the extent she does — but stay excited by life.

DSC07575Be more like Ace and Cheyenne: Be willing to help and be helped, to guide and be guided.

When you can cushion the blows somebody is taking, cushion them.

Don’t hesitate to hold somebody’s hand. Let others lean on me. Allow myself to lean on others. 

Be willing to adjust my gait, my habits and my routines for good purposes.

Trust.

Share the couch.

Share the bowl.

(To read all of the “Company for Christmas” series, click here.)

Comments

Comment from debbie
Time January 1, 2010 at 11:10 am

beautiful

Comment from LaRee
Time January 1, 2010 at 1:13 pm

well put!! so true.

Comment from Anna
Time January 1, 2010 at 5:03 pm

What a great pic of Ace! So handsome he is! Thank you for passing on the great lessons learned!

Comment from Fanny
Time January 1, 2010 at 6:54 pm

…and who said, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” ?

Comment from bluhawkk
Time January 2, 2010 at 11:07 am

Great Christmas series.

Darcy is a saucy little thing.

Hope to hear more about the beautiful Cheyenne as well as Mr Dog – Lucas.

Ace, top dog, looking down, tired but content, seems to be saying ‘I did good, didn’t I Dad?.’

Comment from 2pugsinapod
Time January 4, 2010 at 11:40 am

We had 8 dogs at my mother’s house for Christmas. A great dane, 2 pugs, 4 pomeranians and a chihuahua. It was chaos, but wonderful. Glad you could experience the joy of a multi-dog household for a few days.

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