As it happens, last weekend was something I had been waiting for a long time: no pressure and nothing to bother with. So the dogs had a lazy weekend, too. To be exactly honest, on both days they went for a walk, about one and a half hours on Saturday and almost two hours on Sunday. I attended to the Saturday one myself, but decided to leave the Sunday one for my wife: she enjoys the walkies more than I do, even if the weather was as good as it was.
I was lazying so effectively that I forgot to update the Serenity Sunday post. I was enjoying my life, forgetting everything else in the process…
This brought to my mind a thought, about which I could talk for quite some time.
People want to do what ever pleases and amuses them during their free time. At the same time they may well restrict their dogs to do what they would find amusing and pleasing. I bet dogs would like to run around freely, lay in the mud when warm and roll in the horse manure when available, but we human’s don’t find that amusing. Instead, we take them to shows to show them off (like the dog would know a jack about the finesses of different evaluations), let them chase a motorized bunny either on a track or in lure coursing event (when they would much rather chase the real bunny) or wash and groom them ‘just for fun’ (as if the facial expression would mean a lot to them).
On top of this, we humans tend to take our pleasing and amusing hobbies way too seriously: in more times than I care to count, the owners of the dogs are trying to gain something for themselves in making their dog’s perform in shows or races. The dogs are actually tools to succeed.
It’s almost -no, it’s even worse- than the parents who are living their lost youth through their kids, making them excel in sports or arts. But it’s similar in a way that the person himself isn’t actually doing anything or acquiring anything: he -or she, for the matter- is taking credit for the successes, whereas the real champion is someone -or something- else.
So it’s proper to relax, take a step back from the routines we’re following and really asking whether this is what the dog -or child- wants to do, enjoys doing and/or craves to do. And take a long, warm sleep over the issue, cuddling them and dreaming of a better world.
After all, it’s amazing how little we know of what our closest ones really want and enjoy doing.