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.
Whenever I have a spare minute, I like to sit by the lake shore and watch the clouds blow by.
I’m not the only one. On a bright, sunny day you’ll see fishermen, kayakers, picnickers, swimmers and others gathered along the shore. And dogs, lots and lots of dogs.
Yesterday we spotted any number of unknown mixes along with a Newfoundland, a Schnauzer, a Labrador Retriever, a Yorkshire Terrier…. Well, you get the idea. Lots of people. Lots of dogs.
It’s a pretty mellow vibe–both the people and the dogs are relaxed and quiet. But every once in a while you have a barkfest. Yesterday, the Labrador was barking at the swimming Poodle. The hound mix was barking at the Labrador barking at the Poodle. And the pibble mix was barking at the hound mix barking at the Labrador barking at the Poodle.
Honey was right in the middle. And she remained quiet.
She was definitely interested. Honey checked out all the dogs to see what was going on with them. But she didn’t feel the need to add anything to the conversation. It seemed to be going just fine without her.
You’re learned a lot about my neuroses in the course of The Puppiness Project. Just one of them is that I tend to speak quickly without pausing to think.
Related to that, I feel the need to interject my opinion into every conversation. But I don’t have to. I can sit back and observe and listen while everyone else comments (or barks and growls).
After all, if Honey can listen to a three dog conference call without joining the hubbub, so can I.