I don't know how 2013 is passing by so quickly. Yet here we are on the cusp of June! We have enjoyed a week of wonderful weather and our only complaint is about the pollen.
Our neighbors had a gathering for Memorial Day. Just before dinner was served, she announced, "I hope you all like Mexican." I glanced at my husband who did not change expression. You see, in general he HATES Mexican food. But he batted not an eyelash, rolled not an eye and graciously followed everyone to the table with a smile on his face. Fortunately our neighbor served do-it-yourself carnitas so he found several things to enjoy.
The Golden Girls do not enjoy the heat of the summer days, but they love the cool breezy mornings and the late evenings. Like small children, they go to bed during daylight hours right now. Bedtime for dogs is 9:00 and believe me, they don't mind one bit. When we come in after our last time outside, the girls head straight downstairs to their crates.
Among the various commands we find important, the command "wait" is near the top of the list. Wait simply means, "Stop what you are doing. I'm going to give you another command and you need to listen for it." When we were training them we used this command to make certain they never went outside the door before we did and that they never jumped out of the car until we give permission or started across the street without a command. We no longer have to say the word for doors and cars and streets, so we practice at other times.
I took them outside and asked them to wait at the top of the stairs. They especially hate to wait just before heading out for some fun. And that makes it a perfect time to practice.
We use the word, "release" to signify that they no longer need to follow the command, whether it's sit, stay, go to your mat, or whatever. We use this word rather than OK or all right because it isn't often said by mistake.
Waiting at the top of the stairs.
I did nothing more than aim the camera and Ellie immediately sat although I did not tell her to.
It's difficult to get candid shots of her.
Lucy takes a moment to decide where to go next.
Ellie smells something beneath a plant.
Move, Ellie. You need to really get in there if you want of find something.
When they come inside, they bring pine straw, pieces of mulch, and flower blossoms in their long hair. You gotta really love your dogs to put up with all that. And we do.
The quote for the week comes from one of my favorite authors, Barbara Kingsolver:
"Empathy is really the opposite of meanness. It's the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else's pain is as meaningful as your own."
So in times of stress, remember that you are not the only one in pain. And that the pain of others is just as meaningful as your own pain. So reach out to others in empathy.
HAVE A WONDERFUL FIRST WEEKEND IN JUNE, EVERYONE!!!