Polly. And Izzy, then there was Sophie Dog. I talked to all
of them. The beautiful thing about dogs who are completely devoted to you is
that you can talk to them with their eyes. They seem to read your mind, don’t
they? I’ll catch Polly just staring into my eyes sometimes, probably trying to
discover something about how much I adore her.
I do talk to my animals, but there is a reason for that. The sound of the master’s (or mistress’)
voice is very important. From my voice, she hears commands, praise, and
probably a bit of scolding and frustration. But does Polly listen? I think she
does to some extent, but she has such a strong will that it occasionally
overrides what I have to say. I think my next step will be some sort of dog
What did Mr. Hoff mean by this statement? I read up on this
author a bit, and found that he is really in touch with nature. He wrote two
popular books, one of which is the Tao of Pooh, reflecting on Winnie the
Pooh. This of course sent me into looking up Taoism, and a brief description of
this relates to living in harmony through Chinese Tao. So Mr. Hoff may have
been thinking in terms of the harmony of animals with humans.
Animals, like people, have their own way of operating through
their life. Humans come along and try to make them adapt to our way of life,
living indoors, going for walks in the neighborhood on a leash, eating when the
food is placed before them, etc. Animals want to be free to their own devices,
so why listen?
Just for kicks, think of this in terms of people listening to
other people. We have our own personal set of values; our own buttons, so to
speak. While we might have an ear to what others have to say, we adapt them to
our own life views.
So maybe when I take Polly out for her next walk, I’ll give
her a bit more leash so she can check all the message boards along the way that
are further out of reach. It might take care of her wanderlust. Maybe she will
even listen better in the future?
Have a fabulous weekend, and a great Spring Break for those
who will observe that next week!