Looking back, we didn’t go looking for the little guy. He came to us. A text message said he needed a new home with people who would have time to give him attention. His physical needs were well met, but he lived in a house with another dog, and people who had a very busy schedule. We met him, and he was clearly cute and loving.
At the time, I had decided to shed a few pounds, and Oliver immediately helped by getting me out of my chair. His idea of a day well spent includes walking trips … many of them … to check out every smell and moving creature. I dubbed him my Health-erciser because the pounds disappeared, and the muscles felt better.
The unexpected fun came with our daily trips through the neighborhood and beyond. Oliver became a people magnet. Everyone stopped to say hi, and suddenly our busy schedules slowed down a bit as I conversed with neighbors and shared him with the kids excited to meet someone smaller than themselves.
Dogs can give you lot of attention, and comfort, but they also get you to slow down and socialize. While Facebook is an “on the fly” networking tool, Oliver enabled new relationships in slow motion.
I would like to have him join me in more social adventures but we are proceeding slowly. While others take their dogs into the stores and patio restaurants in the area, I’m a bit concern the little guy might have a need to water everything … like light bulbs, patio displays, tools, and various other items found at ground level. With maturity I think we will encounter more exciting destinations, but for now, our social networking will take place in the neighborhood, and around the lake.
I live in a neighborhood with a lot of dogs, and they all seem to be in charge. I see them taking their housekeepers ( the ones who think its actually their house ) out for regular walks. They keep these chefs in line with their gourmet diets, and bark orders to the kids and visitors. They are committed.
I understand, and appreciate, making a commitment. The tough part is I used to organize my time on my own schedule. Oliver thinks his should take priority. He’s in charge of the timeclock now. We’re working on that one. I actually do need to get some things done, so he needs to chill out and relax. I’d be happy to turn the business over to him, but his idea of “distribution” would be to share a lot of falling fur with everyone. I’m not sure that will be too helpful.
Is a canine running your home ? How’s that working for you ? Feel free to share your insights.