Mirror on my behaviours.
Another fascinating aspect of how we learn from our dogs.
The last week has been challenging, to say the least.
The biggest winter storm in ages hit this part of Southern Oregon last Thursday, the 20th. That day we lost our power to the home around 6.30 pm. We only had it restored around 4pm last Sunday, the 23rd. That meant no access to our well, no cooker, no heating in the house and … well you get the picture.
The wet snow, some 9 inches or so, brought down trees across the property including one that blocked our driveway.
So where’s this leading?
Just that there have been times when I have been irritable to the extreme. My normal patience with the dogs has been lacking from time to time. Moments when I have pushed a dog away from me, or shouted at another when the barking was getting to me.
The dogs have been so forgiving, so tolerant of my irritability. I was able to reflect in my quieter moments about my behaviours. Able to see how well or otherwise I coped. The dogs offered a mirror to me. Allowing me a gently chastisement that getting angry with the world around me was my problem. It was me that was ‘choosing’ my actions and behaviours.
The dogs also chose to respond to me. Here’s how Hazel responded.
Here’s how Dhalia responded.
Finally, here’s how that grand old man Pharaoh responded.
All of them offering me the message: chill out, Paul!