The D Word Pt3

In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.

- Edward Hoagland

Let’s take a real story I’ve heard more times than I care to remember. The pattern is always the same…

Puppies01Mum, Dad and two kids are on holiday, and they see a sign up outside a Farm – “PUPPIES FOR SALE”. The kids ask to see the puppies, and for a quiet life, mum and dad drive in. They see the puppies (but not the parents of the puppies because they’re off working). They choose little Shep, the pup who seems to be most interested in the kids, pay their money, and agree to take the dog home.

First of all, the collie pup suddenly has a culture shock. From being somewhere quiet, with other puppy pals and wide open spaces he is suddenly thrust into a household where everything is busy, busy, busy. The kids are playing with him all the time to start off with, giving him lots of attention. He’s allowed to sleep on the bed, he can run out into the garden before everyone else, they feed him treats and everyone has a great time.

However, after a while the novelty wears off…

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