The Dogs Have It…

Yesterday…was National Dog Day…of course…I didn’t realize it…until after the blog was written…but…Bertha…is chattering on about it this morning…

Reminding me…of…my different relationships with dogs over the years…how some have been my…loyal and loving friends…more soul mates than anything else…and…how…others…have frightened me…threatened me…especially when I ride my bike in unfamiliar territory

Bertha…says…dogs aren’t inherently one way or the other…it depends on the situation…she reminds me…that the dog who was so determined…to…take me down…when I innocently rode my bike past its house…was warm and loving to the children in the family…

In fact…she said…it’s a lot like my life…there’s not a lot of…black and white…but more like…innumerable shades of gray…and…quite often…just like with dogs…it’s all in how I approach a situation…that makes the difference…coming in…humbly…with a smile and a calm voice…and…maybe a treat…goes a long way…

Hmmm…

Jane

PS…Happy belated National Dog Day…to…Betsy and Maybelle…two of the best friends I ever had…I still miss my girls…

Bertha Let the Dogs Out…

I know I’ve blogged about…bikes…and…dogs…before…they just don’t mix…at least…not when you’re the one…pedaling the bike…in fact…a canine welcoming party…is rarely…a…welcoming…sight…

When I first started riding…my tendency was…to pedal as quickly as I could when I saw a dog…what I found was…the faster I pedaled…the faster they ran…and…the more they…snaked around my bike…putting me in danger of a crash…

One day…Bertha…decided to ride sidecar with me…just as I started to speed up…at the sight of a dog ahead…she said…

Slow down

Huh…

So…she repeated…slow down

She went on to explain…the dogs were playing a game…like chasing a car…they don’t chase cars that are sitting still…they only chase them when they are moving…and…it’s the same with a cyclist…the faster they ride…the more of a challenge it is for the dog…

Well…I tried it…I slowed down…it helped that the dog didn’t look vicious…just interested…and…sure enough…it greeted me…trotted along for a few feet…then went on about its business…

I’ve tried it numerous times since then…always with the same results…

Bertha…was pleased that I took her advice…but…of course she said…it reminded her of my life…

That’s right…she says it’s the same concept as…when I try to outrun problems…they just seem to run all the faster to catch up with me…and often…take me out…in the process…

But…when…I slow down…take my time…think things through…allow them to…run their course…they usually do…

Hmmm…

I think she’s on to something…

Jane