Spring is here. Though I can look outside for signs, look to the sun’s warmth to tell me, I need none of those things. I am blessed with a little Jack Russell. He is a good dog, affectionate not too hyper most of the time, but I sure know it’s spring! He isn’t fixed and is bound and determined that he is going to get out of the house at all costs. He’s a challenge that dog.
If any of you have a small dog or a dog that isn’t fixed you may understand very clearly what I’m about to say.
For the past two or three weeks he has been whining incessantly. Grating, to say the least on my nerves. Spring is here and all the scents are released from the ground, winding that poor dog up. Goes outside makes himself crazy with all the scents and then starts barking, I let him in and within minutes the whining starts again. On and on it goes. There isn’t a lot that that can be done. I whined back at him. I begged him. I pleaded with him. “I don’t want to hear it!”
And then came that moment of clarity! That A-ha moment! I am trying to control the natural instinct and it’s results. I am trying to override an impulse so strong. One that is ingrained in him. So I let that go. I can’t control that, that was silly. Well that was a relief!
Then I thought, wow that constant whining, how am I going to turn that into a positive that I’m grateful for? I mean in and out in and out and whine, whine, whine with the occasional howl thrown in for good measure. Then bang, it hit me again how grating constant whining is! How detrimental to the people listening to it! It makes them crazy!
It reminded me of the Dalai Lama’s commentary on mosquito’s. Patience. Lots of practice with patience! Everyone and everything is my teacher! Even the dog!
So tonight I called that little dog over to me and put him on my lap and gave him a big hug and a pat. I literally said, “Thank you!” to the dog. When ever I’m tempted to say the same thing over and over again (the temptation is frequent being a mother of four) I’m going to think about the lesson I learned from the Jack Russell. Say it once, just once, mean what you say and don’t say it mean…or whiny for that matter!
©Adrienne McLeod 2011
- Do Cats And Jack Russells Get Along? (animaltopics.com)