Some of the foster dogs we care for don’t like Honey. Or any dog, really.
They tell her they don’t want to play. And she leaves them alone.
But if you want to see Honey at her best, watch her when a playful dog comes to stay with us. Like Bandit, our current foster puppy.
Good Dog Play
Honey loves to wrestle, chase, and play bitey face with other dogs. She’s good at handicapping herself so she’s not too rough. Especially with a puppy.
Honey endures all the indignities life with a puppy offers:
- intrusive hunts for a nipple
- face humping
- stolen toys
- having her tail sat upon.
And she does it with a serene look of patience, even a relaxed smile. Because the puppy rudeness is a prelude to what Honey does best: play.
The Easy Life is OK
I have a knack for doing things the hard way.
It’s almost a religion. Anything worth doing should be really, really difficult.
But what would happen if I played to my strengths?
Instead of struggling to do things I find difficult, should I concentrate on becoming better at things I already do well?
I’ll never be a techie computer person, no matter how many workshops or webinars I take. But perhaps I could become a good writer with work. Or an in-demand public speaker instead of one who’s only fairly popular and enthusiastic.
Maybe I’m wasting my time working on my weaknesses.
I’d certainly love to be a champion of my skills and strengths the way Honey is a champion playmate.
Playmate of the Year
I’m thankful Honey is tolerant of visiting dogs who don’t like to play. But I don’t plan to make her practice that talent too much. At least not without a break.
The more Honey plays with other dogs, the better her skills get. She went from being a bossy puppy getting into everyone’s face to a grown dog with good sense.
By playing to her strengths, Honey has become a superstar foster-sister.
Maybe it’s time for me to do the same thing. After all, playing to our strengths is good for the dog. And for me.