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The Wisdom of Sophia: Part 3

We go to the building with all the animal smells this Friday. The doctor tells us if my leg has started to mend itself.   I’m afraid to go. Even though I’ve been a really good girl at my human’s office, I can’t resist running and playing with Lucy when I get home. It’s so much fun, even when my leg hurts. Impulse control has never been my strength.

I think I will need surgery to fix my leg. This scares me a lot. My human’s voice changes and gets quiet and slow when she says the word surgery. She looks like she feels sorry for me. I remember this look from my puppy days in the animal shelter. People would look at me with sad eyes and would pet me but never wanted me to be their forever friend.

I don’t like the afraid feeling, but I want to feel whole and happy again. I don’t like to take the icky pills my humans try to camouflage with peanut butter. I don’t like to let Lucy always win at rough housing. I want to play tug with my humans. I want people to look at me with happy eyes and talk to me in the excited voice.

My human said, “Courage isn’t the absence of fear. It’s feeling the fear and saddling up anyway. “ When I think about it, I do courage pretty well. When the annoying neighborhood dog pack comes to MY backyard and scares Lucy, I puff up my chest and growl to encourage them to back off.   When the mean man came to my human’s office, I growled and gave him my best Buddha stare until he left. Sometimes I even growl and [...]

By |May 26th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments|

The Wisdom of Sophia: Part 2

I go to the office 3 days a week now. My human says I am there so my leg will heal, but I have an ulterior motive. I am pursuing my CMSW (canine master’s of social work.) My human loves her work, loves the people she sees, she loves me (a LOT) AND I love her, so why not give it a try? Hey, a gal needs a purpose while she heals right?

The most important thing I’ve discovered while at the office is how to love and appreciate humans by LISTENING. I’m a natural listener. I pay close attention to almost everything people say, until I fall asleep. I’ve learned that I should listen to understand, not to judge or defend my turf. I do this with other dogs too. I can tell a lot about a dog by listening to their bark, yip or growl. My motto is “why bite when a growl will do.”

Part of listening is also about hearing the way humans talk. My human calls it “listening beyond the words”. When people are upset their voices sound different. If they are stressed they talk really fast. If they are sad they make the runny nose sounds. If they are mad, their voice gets loud. My ears go really high when they laugh. Laughter is my favorite human sound! It tells me people are embracing their true “doggie nature” (which means more love, fun and less stress.)

A listening advantage that I have over my human is my great sense of smell. My human NEVER sniffs anyone. Smell is my doggie super power. Not to brag, but I can sniff a single blade of grass for a long time and figure out [...]

By |May 18th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments|