Let’s be more dog
What your dog may be trying to teach you
We got a dog just over two months ago, she’s a greyhound, an ex-racer, who turned three in July. We’re her first home that isn’t a kennel.
It’s been one of the best things we’ve done as a family, we’re fitter, calmer and better adjusted (at least I am). It’s just great having her around.
Some of these things are due to the changes we’ve made to accommodate her, like walking her twice a day. This one routine has helped us all in a few ways. We’ve all lost a bit of the lockdown weight we put on. More importantly, it’s a chance to talk outside of the house. Me to the dog if it’s just the two of use, or with my wife or son if they’re walking too. Conversations are different to the ones we have at home. It’s also a chance to just enjoyed each other’s company.
Then there’s her deeply affectionate nature. The ridiculous positions she gets into as she sleeps. Her lazy floppy ears. How she loves being made a fuss of.
I never thought I’d fall this hard…
I think she’s brought so much to us. Her fresh enthusiasm for each and every walk. Her appetite for play (that’s when she’s not sleeping, and she sleeps a lot). More than anything it’s her capacity for love, it’s really beautiful, and instructive.
Here’s a link to Patricia McGrady, a brilliant dog trainer, should you be on the look out for one. Her business is called Be more dog.