Dogs 101. What’s to know, right? Boy, was I ever wrong.
As a youngster, I was taught dogs are supposed to live outside. That’s how I was raised. But when I went back to graduate school, everything changed.
Night after night I hunkered down in front of a computer to write papers, network with other learners, and work on projects. The rest of my family was in the family room laughing and talking about the day’s events. And there I was—alone.
Dogs 101—The Hunt for Companion Dog
I felt sorry for myself. Until I got an idea. What if I had a dog to sit by me while I studied? In my imagination, I could see her. Loyalty personified (or doggy-fied). Attentive to my every need for companionship.
Energized, I searched local online advertisements for this perfect canine friend. One day I saw just the right pet, a cute Schnoodle ( or a Schnauzer/Poodle mix, for us country-types).
I casually broached the subject to Darrell, my husband.
“A dog in the house? Don’t know about that.”
Undaunted, I began the campaign and eventually “Dixie” came to our house. I didn’t know rescued dogs often suffer from a stress syndrome. Cuddly and “have to be with you” weren’t the best descriptions for my best-buddy-in-training.
Over time, we did become inseparable . . .when I was in the family room. For some reason, she didn’t love being with me at my desk.
Dog 101—Later Lessons
Dixie gradually trained us to her method of doing things. How could a twelve-pounder with soulful eyes wrap us around her paw? I don’t know.
But I know this.
She loves us when we leave. Whether it’s been five minutes or eight hours, she jumps for joy when we return.
There’s an unabashed joy in the air. I want to hurry home when I know what’s waiting.
She’s the dancing queen who pokes her head through the curtains or stares at the road when my truck’s rumble beats a rhythm to our driveway.
Dogs 101 is not about what I’ve taught. It’s about what our dog teaches me.
- Everyday put on a welcoming face for my patients.
- No matter how tired I am, make an effort to greet my family and check in on their day.
- Enjoy God because of who He is.
- Stop and sit with Dixie because she just wants to “be” with me. No agenda.
Come on by. Dixie will welcome you, too.
From the countryside,
Diane and Dixie