Monday, June 15, 2009
Upon consideration of a shorter viewpoint
When I started this blog, I envisioned afternoons of bliss and wine, happily writing away, putting my thoughts on paper. Obviously, reality has been very different! Would that my thoughts could instantaneously be transformed into written words. I would have published volumes by now! So, as many of you know, I have a very big dog, a mastiff named Shadow, and a very small dog, who is fuzzy and white with Maltese ears and tail, and his name is Stuie, short for Stuart Little. Stuie chose us; not the other way around. And now I am in the process of trying to understand how he thinks, so I can train him. Training Shadow was much easier in some ways, because Shadow very obviously tries to understand what I want; he is very in tune with me. Stuie on the other hand, just looks rather clueless and cute. But that nasty high-pitched squeal that little dogs do, that has gotta go! Now, I have been reading a book I got for Christmas, "Animals in Translation" by Temple Grandin & Catherine Johnson. It's an amazing read, and I highly recommend it. It has gotten me to try and think about things from Stuie's point of view, literally. So, I've actually gotten down onto the floor and looked at the world from his vantage point. And I can tell you, the world looks pretty scary from down there. You really have no idea what's going on. I might be yapping my fool head off too if that's what I was seeing! The boy needs a stool; that's all there is too it.