This is our new dog, Hazel. We haven’t had a dog for two years. The boys had requested a dog off and on ever since our beloved Golden Retriever, Java, died. We just could not bring ourselves to get another dog. And before you think it was because we were so in love with Java that we couldn’t bear to replace him – let me set the record straight. We did not want the HASSLE of another dog. We already have two cats, one rat, and three fish. We already can’t keep our schedules straight. We already have a house and yard that suffer from neglect. Java helped us to understand that dogs get into the neighbor’s trash, keep people up at night with their barking, dig holes, chew things up, poop in other people’s yards, need attention, sometimes don’t listen or mind. The turning point however, was when I was looking through a closet and came across some “wishing” ornaments from Christmas. They are hollow metal Christmas ornaments that came with little pieces of paper on which to write wishes and then put in the ornaments. We had all written wishes and put them in the ornaments before we packed them up post-Christmas. My curiosity got the better of me and I peeked into the boys’ ornaments. Every single one of them wished for a dog without consulting each other. They could be denied no longer – not by me anyway!
So, we picked Hazel out at the pound. She’s been with us for three weeks, and is really the sweetest dog ever. Mostly house-broken, but I really don’t have a clue how to train her. Therefore, I am at the moment immersed in Tao of Puppies: how to raise a good dog without really trying. Trying to empty my mind and think like a dog. Learning about Wu Wei, and Effortless Effort. Becoming the alpha dog, and establish a greeting ritual. Tuning out your mocking laughter! : )