Puppy “To Do” List
When there’s a puppy in the house, I get nothing done.
Well, that’s not quite true.
- I vacuum to promote socialization. But it’s hard to clean a whole room when you’re throwing treats around the whole time.
- I did have a conference call the other day. But I had to leave in the middle to take Sally outside for a pee break.
- I was able to plant some perennials in my garden when Honey and Sally were exhausted from their morning’s play. But it came at the expense of writing Saturday’s blog post.
It wouldn’t be so bad if I didn’t feel worthless about getting so little done.
If I’m not working or thinking about working I might as well not exist.
But I don’t feel that way about others in my life.
I never look over at Honey and ask myself, “Why isn’t she pulling a cart or guiding some blind person. She’s useless.”
And I’m happy just having my husband sitting beside me watching a movie, even if I’m working at the same time.
So why can’t I give myself the same break?
See the Dog; Be the Dog
Dogs are equally good at being and doing.
Honey is a champion at lying in the sun, snoozing on the bed, and watching out the window from the couch.
She never asks herself whether she’d be a better dog if she was “doing” something. Honey is fine just “being” the sweet girl she is.
And maybe that’s what I should be doing. Learning how to “be.”
After all, if it’s good for Honey, it might be good for me.