Tuesday, January 24, 2023

New Lessons Learned from an Old Dog

Almost every day I learn something new from my old dog.

He shies away from my hand when I go to pet him. Sometimes he even opens his mouth, as if to bite. But I've realized that, as his sight dims, he sees only the shadow and it's scary to him. Once he catches the scent and realizes it's me, he leans into the petting with joyful abandon, as you see.

There's probably a lesson in there: maybe a lesson about fear and aggression and how they're not always what they appear to be on the surface.

Dogs are great teachers, and I'm here for it.