Time passes so quickly. It seems like just yesterday we were teaching Honey to potty outdoors and how to walk on a leash.
Now she’s a well-mannered young lady (well, most of the time) who has learned so many things.
And I’ve learned a few things myself. Here’s a partial list of the things I now know about dogs that I didn’t know twenty years ago:
- Not every dog likes other dogs.
- If a dog doesn’t follow, try making crazy sounds and jumping around like a fool.
- A dog who is licking her lips is a dog showing stress.
- If you want to make a dog comfortable with you, turn your eyes and head to the side.
- There is a breed of dog that looks a lot like a Golden Retriever called a Hovawart.
Well, I could go on for a long time but summer is coming and I want to make sure I get to the beach.
I’m reminding myself of how much I’ve learned so I don’t despair of learning new things. I’ve set some big tasks for myself and I have a lot to learn. So I’m encouraged to remember that things that were really alien to me years ago are now second nature.
And things that are strange to me now (“Sloops may find that they sail faster toward Broad Reach, but will still develop a very good speed when heading toward Broad Beam Reach…” or “I proposed a PHP-like syntax for CSS…”) will be second nature to me soon.
After all, if Honey can learn to “high five,” surely I can learn sailing and HTML.