“Liar, Liar , Pants On Fire!”

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Photo by Angela Kirk

One night while Doc and I were watching the nightly news, I was surprised when Doc exclaimed in a loud disgusted voice ” It’s too bad that liar’s pants don’t actually catch on fire, then we would all know who was being dishonest!” I lifted my head up off of her lap and looked her in the face. She was mad. I have to admit the thought of dishonest people running around with their pants in flames, made me giggle, but I didn’t let Doc know, not with the mood she was in.

When Doc counsel’s her patient’s she often talks about the importance of honesty in recovery. The disease of addiction is filled with deceit, keeping those in the grips of it hiding in the dark. Slowly as people heal, they must form a new relationship with the truth. They soon find out that all those lies were just a burden anyway.

Sadly, there are quite a few people in this world that maintain a loose relationship with the truth. They rationalize their actions, blame others, or will even try to convince you that they are being victimized because you don’t understand them or their message. I just roll my eyes when I hear human’s use those excuses because I know they are trying to divert you from confronting them. Even worse, they think you are naive enough to believe their con. What a bunch of hooey. I am only a dog, but I know the difference between the truth and a lie.

The first time Doc caught me lying, I was a mere pup. While she was out shopping one day I got bored and starting chewing on one of her shoes. I just meant to chew on a small corner and stop, but before I was done I had chewed a big hole in it. Knowing I was about to get in trouble, I drug the shoe out on the porch and when Doc found it, I blamed the whole thing on the backyard squirrel. When Doc told me she was going to trap the squirrel and release it in the country where it would never see it’s family again, I became horrified and told on myself. Of course their were consequences, but I learned my lesson.

I read an anonymous quote recently that sums it all up. “One lie is enough to question all truths.”

groverpic ” You can always find hope in a dogs eyes.”

— www.pawsh-magazine.com

Call 911

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Photo by Angela Kirk

Now don’t get me wrong, I love my job as a therapy dog, but it’s always nice to head home at the end of the day, unless something unsettling awaits you. Last week as Doc and I were driving down the street, we approached the house and nothing seemed out of the ordinary until we were ready to pull into the driveway. That is when I heard Doc say in a worried voice ” Oh no.” As I followed her gaze, I noticed what she saw and my heart dropped. The double front doors were wide open.

She pulled into the garage and we both got out of the car. I know her brain was on overdrive and I could sense that her anxiety was kicking into fear. I took the lead as we approached the front door together. It had snowed while we were at work and as we went up the front steps, we did not see any footprints. As we slowly stepped in the front door and peered into the house, it didn’t look like anything was out-of-order or stolen. Pausing, I didn’t hear anyone in the house, but I thought to myself, this is the part in the movies where the audience is yelling at the actors, ” Don’t go into the house, Freddy Krueger is hiding behind the door!” Doc must have been thinking the same thing because much to my relief, she got on her phone and dialed 911.

“911, what’s your emergency?” the dispatcher asked. When Doc told her what was going on, the dispatcher told her to that we both needed to get back in the car and lock the doors until the  police arrived. That nice lady stayed on the phone with Doc to make sure we were ok. She then instructed Doc that if someone comes out of her house and approaches her, lay low. Doc told the dispatcher that if that happens she will run them over with her car. That’s my Doc! The dispatcher burst out laughing, but advised her that she did not instruct her to do that.

Three police cars pulled up to the house within 2 minutes of the call, and told us to stay in place in case they flushed out a perpetrator. As two of them searched the house, one of them went in the back yard. After what seemed to be forever, they told Doc that we could come inside. They had not found anyone, but they wanted Doc and I to go through the house to see if anything was out-of-place.

Being promoted from therapy dog to crime dog in one day, was almost too much for me to handle, but I rose to the occasion. Luckily after going through the house, everything looked fine.

The police examined the front doors and determined that there was no forced entry.  That was when Doc remembered that she had furniture delivered a few weeks ago, and thinks that maybe she had not bolted the one double door back into the frame. Since we had some high winds on that snowy day, it was determined that the wind blew the doors wide open. What a relief.

After Doc thanked the police and we both settled down, we realized the next morning that not one neighbor on our quiet street came out to see what was wrong, even though many of them were home. It makes you wonder how three police cars can come in broad daylight, search a house and yard and no one notices.

groverpic ” They motivate us to play, be affectionate, seek adventure and be loyal.”

— Tom Hayden

“Paranoia Will Destroy Ya”

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Photo by Angela Kirk

Sitting a top the slope in the back yard, I can keep watch over the acre beyond the fence and into the next neighborhood. It is my job as the neighborhood dog to alert everyone when sudden movement or strangers appear. I toss my head back and bark and bay to announce to the interlopers that I am guarding over my domain. Just like my ancestors did, I take my job of protecting the perimeter very seriously.

Through my observations, humans take protecting themselves very seriously as well, although I do think you take your safety way too far.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am all for taking precautions, and I understand that some people live in safer areas than others, but you don’t want to become so fearful, that you create unnecessary stress and anxiety for yourself. I get the impression that you think you can ward off bad things forever. In reality, there is only so much you can control. I know some of you may disagree, but lets look at the facts.

For starters, the United States spends more on defense than the next 9 biggest nations to protect its borders. You have the national guard to protect each state, sheriffs and city police, and don’t forget the neighborhood watches. Wait, I’m not done yet. There are car and home alarms and safes to store your stuff in. There are dead bolts for your door, along with security cameras so that you can see who is in your yard.  There are helmets to protect your heads when riding motorcycles, bikes or any other thing that moves, seat belts, airbags, and guns to protect you and your property. Well you get the idea.

It’s all so exhausting to think about. They say Americans are more frightened and paranoid than any other nation on the planet. Since I haven’t been out of Ohio I will just have to take Google’s word for it.

Luckily the only scary thing that has come into Doc’s yard is a big deer that tried to jump the fence, but I took care of that doe when I snuck out from behind the bushes and started barking. I think I scared the poor dear half to death.

groverpic ” For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

— Nelson Mandela

The Ripple Effect

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 A very smart man named Robert F. Kennedy once said, “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest wall of oppression and resistance.”

I often hear humans say that they are only one person and that they can’t make a difference all by themselves. As a very observant dog I respectfully disagree. Every day I watch how your thoughts manifest into energy and not only dictate your own actions, but often affect the thoughts and moods of others around you. I don’t want to brag, but at work I can go into a room filled with patients or staff and feel the energy shift because they are happy to see me and get their minds off of work or worry for a while.

The history of the world has often been shifted by the energy of one person. If the person is dynamic enough and can tap into the fears or hope of others, they can build a movement and others will follow.

From the time I was a puppy until the present, Doc has taught me the importance of being a leader rather than a follower, to be an independent thinker, to understand how my actions and decisions will impact others and to stand up for those that are either too weak or frightened to speak for themselves.

Every day your thoughts and actions not only change the course of your own life, but have that ripple effect on others. It’s for us to decide how our choices will ripple out into the world.

groverpic ” The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.”

— M.K. Clinton