When we share our homes with animals who speak a completely different language than we do, misunderstandings can happen so easily and with misunderstandings stress, anxiety and even aggression can easily erupt. I spoke with residents yesterday of a local retirement community where many people share their apartments with furry companions and much of that discussion ended up focusing on how dogs share their feelings. It is so important that I wanted to share it here also. Below is a description of some dog language.
Most of my posts have to do with pet behavior but this story is one that I really wanted to share.
I’m going to break the number one rule of blogging, that is to keep posts short. But, hey, this is my blog and sometimes it takes more than a few paragraphs to make a point. Below is a story I had written for my Hyde Park Living pet column about 3 1/2 years ago (with permission). It has special meaning to me and I wanted to share it. (Both of my friends, Chester and Bill have since passed. I have changed Bill’s name for privacy.) Maybe it will inspire you to make friends at a nursing home too.
Thanks to attorney Barry Zimmer for this guest post.
To My Dog, Lucky, I Leave…
Did you hear about hotelier Leona Helmsley leaving a $12 million estate to her dog, Trouble, or Queen Mum leaving £3 million to her sheep and cows? Even Oprah has accounted for her pets’ futures, reportedly setting up a $30 million dollar trust for her beloved dogs.
There are truly beautiful people all around us. Monica Wiltshire Bodey is one of them. Our shared love for animals brought us together through Facebook. I always knew Monica had a special heart but recently I learned her heart was even larger than I imagined.
I like to start the new year off reminding myself of all that I have to be thankful for, of lessons learned, and opportunities waiting to be discovered. I ran this list awhile back on my Good Things Going Around blog and thought I’d pull it out again. What life lessons have you learned from your pet?