People’s dreams are made out of what they do all day. The same way a dog that runs after rabbits will dream of rabbits. It’s what you do that makes your soul, not the other way around. – Barbara Kingsolver
In identifying the things that are important, just count the minutes or hours spent and list those from most to least. There will be a measure of what’s important.
I’m thinking of adding a younger male to my crew of dogs. I’ve started looking at advertisements for dogs at shelters, looking to add one athletic, agility prospect (I’ve got two seniors now so a younger contingent is needed). If you’ve looked at my photos, you’ll have noted that my seniors (Max and Denver) look great, but they aren’t up to practicing obstacle courses anymore (esp repeated rounds of jumps)…of course I’m not that fast either.
But of the potentially good agility dogs, many have comments about not being able to be left out in a fenced yard without escaping. I’m thinking, if you were left out alone in a fenced yard wouldn’t you want to escape? Just like us, dogs want to spend time doing stuff together – hunt together, play together, explore together. If you watch them they will do the sniff and potty round then wait by the door or gate or where ever they can find/hope to find someone or something to do things with. A fenced yard without company, preferably of the people kind, is just an invitation. How would you spend your time out there if someone told you you couldn’t do gardening?
And if the time spent is without company, where does that leave the idea of ‘best friend?’ Time spent doing things you both like together is the cement that makes a relationship strong. It’s the fallacy of the fence, or the leash…those things are just management tools, they don’t keep a dog with you…the bond, the value, the joy you have in each other keeps you together.
What new games are you playing this week? …we’re still working scent discrimination – now with three to five objects and directed retrieves with three items. The guys love scent work!