Gretchen Rubin wrote in The Happiness Project about the year she spent “test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happy.” The Puppiness Project is my attempt to learn the same from
Honey, my Golden Retriever Chérie, our visiting Foster Pup.
Don’t Cry For Me.
It could be easy to feel sorry for Chérie.
- She’s homeless at 1 1/2 years old.
- She’s fighting some kind of skin infection.
- Because she was just spayed on Friday, she’s not allowed rough play.
- Oh, and she has a crippled hind leg. The folks at the SPCA speculate that an old injury was never treated.
But Chérie does not feel sorry for herself. She copes with whatever life throws at her with resilience, sweetness, and just a little bit of mischief.
I’m Scared. But That Won’t Stop Me.
This morning I took Chérie for her walk while Mike and Honey slept in. When we got outside, we heard distant rolling thunder. It made Chérie uneasy but we set out.
About half way up the next block, Chérie turned back toward home. She led the way into the back yard. And, once there, she keep looking up at the door for Honey.
Yes, I’m a little slow. But I finally figured out she wanted her friend to join us on our walk.
Luckily Honey and Mike are very forgiving about being woken up early. So they joined us on our walk. And Cherie was just fine. She needed something to make her feel comfortable, she asked for it the only way she could, and she moved on.
Causing Trouble is a Sign of Fun.
Chérie, with her gimpy back leg and shy manner, might fool some into thinking she’d never get into trouble. But she has a sense of mischief. We’re having to remember we’re now living with a dog with a mild tendency to counter surf. And just a few moments ago, Chérie did something sly.
She walked up to the living room table, took a little sniff, and ever so gently took my bookmark out of the book I was reading with her teeth. She looked back at me with a silly gleam in her eye and deposited it on the rug. Chérie looked at the bookmark for a few seconds as if she was thinking of shredding it but decided not to.
It’s good to see her causing little bits of trouble. Especially since she listens so well when she’s doing something we really don’t want her to do.
Her sense of mischief shows us just how resilient this young pup is.
Foster Dogs Teach Us Resilience.
Let’s face it. No one has a life free of problems.
But, if we can learn to recover quickly from setbacks, we’ll be much more successful in life.
Neither my husband or I are emotionally resilient. We have a strong tendency to hang on to our hurts. And that’s not good. It’s a big time waster for one.
That’s why we’re both trying to learn how to bounce back quickly when things pull us down. We can’t change the things that happen to us in this world. But we can control our reactions to them.
Luckily we have a good tutor in having a positive attitude in Chérie.
She’s Gonna Be Just Fine.
Because of her resilience, Chérie is going to be great when she finds her new family.
- She’s friendly to every person she meets.
- She greets dogs easily and without excitement.
- Although she’s unsure of new things, she doesn’t let that stop her from exploring her world. I’d call her Cautious Curious.
- Her gait draws notice from everyone who sees her. But her old injury doesn’t seem to cause her pain and it certainly doesn’t keep her from enjoying her walks.
- She’s affectionate and loves to cuddle.
Chérie is a dog who bounces but doesn’t break. I want to be more like her.