Bean the Wookie
Awakened at 4 a.m. needing to tend to personal things. The grandchildren are visiting with their two-month-old Wookie, who needed to be let out a short time after that. Wookie is growing up and decided to go for a run. I had to laugh at my granddaughter chasing after Wookie and bringing him back to hook him to the leash. It confounds me why everyone thinks their dog will just stay by their side because of love!
Love has nothing to do with it. A dog has got to be a dog. If a dog can get its way, it becomes the top dog, the alpha dog, numero uno! Some people know how to train a dog to stay with them, but I don’t. My best reasoning says to keep a dog tied to you until it is at least two years old, and has learned to come to you when called, no matter where he is or what she is doing. A tether helps with this also, as a small tug helps the dog to respond appropriately, but don’t forget the loving. Treats also help, and include playing with their favorite thing as well as food treats.
Hubby either doesn’t understand this, after many years with many different dogs, or he just doesn’t care. Many people believe it does no harm to let a dog just run free a little bit. They explore, never really go far, and come back happy. In fact, running seems to be essential for some dogs. If you have ever tried to contain a beagle, or other hunter, you will understand. These dogs live by their nose, and if they pick up a scent, they have just got to go.
Unfortunately for our dogs and for Hubby, continual conflict with neighbors over our unleashed dogs has caused me considerable stress, which I pass right to Hubby. As I’ve told my neighbor who called me while I was out of town to tell me where my dog was, “I have more luck training the dog, than I do my husband. Obviously, I’m not very good at either.
I am seriously distressed by the things people create to keep dogs from even their mailbox poles. Nasty, cutting things with the intention of hurting an animal. Poison in a tempting wrapping to punish both pet and owner. People, really. For a few dollars, you can buy a spray keeping animals away with an unpleasant, but harmless odor. Reapply as needed.
And there are other hazards, like people who want to walk off with your adorable pet. There are cars to dodge and wells and sewer grates to avoid. There are dangers in the world.
Is a tiny, constricted life the kind of life any creature wants? Let’s continue to explore and experience the world we live in. Let’s live free and bravely, with our pets.