Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Down So Long? Look Up. February 23, 2013

Feast or Famine?Love in a dog’s life is feast or famine at times. Please do not misunderstand: this is not to say I am ever short on love in my forever home. It’s just that sometimes, it overwhelms me while at others it is a whisper quietly reminding me of its presence.

Today, like most Saturdays, it overwhelms me. Most Saturdays in the Schmidt household start the same. It is a day’s break from the routine when my mom and dad both go away all day to this zany place called work. Instead, they sleep an extra hour or two, and when they wake we all engage in something I’ve heard my mom call a love fest.

It sounds more ridiculous than it is, but these precious weekend morning moments are what get me through the long weekdays when mom and dad are away. I would prefer they not be aware of the severe separation anxiety I feel when they are away during the week. It gets a little easier with time, but there is always this ghost in my mind reminding me that maybe they will never come back and I will end up on the streets lonely and unloved again. I was down so long it’s still way too easy to go back there in my mind.

Then Saturdays come along, as if God wants to remind me of how lucky I have it and how silly I am to doubt my blessings. Instead I count them. A Saturday starts with far more pets than usual from both mom and dad. They take extra time to talk to me, tell me they love me, and (best of all) say how much they love each other. Saturday mornings are joy, from the ground up.

At first, I hesitated to share these private precious moments with the world, as I know how comical it might sound to an outsider. But never have I withheld my truest of truths, and I don’t intend to start that silliness now. A dog’s tale never lies.

Love, at times, is feast or famine. It can overwhelm my spirit in the most surprisingly cumbersome ways. But I think it’s that way for people sometimes too. I’ve seen people in my life be completely overwhelmed with love in the purest of life’s moments. These are the moments that bring joy to life. These are the moments for people who have been down too long to look up.


17 Responses to “Down So Long? Look Up.”

  1. Piper Says:

    Hi Wiley:
    I can empathize with what you are saying. However, I have been told that life is a trade off – sometimes. My
    beloved Mom goes to work everyday BUT the tradeoff is a Kong filled with almond butter. I LOVE to
    eat and she has told me that she has work to pay the bills. I don’t know what bills are. However, the weekends with all the LOVE and extra walks keep me so happy. By the way, I am a Westie and my Nana (who cooks all my food) says that you look a lot like me. She says she loves me so much and I get lots of X X X es on the top of
    my head and when I visit her she allows me to go on the loveseats and also sleep on her bed. I love to visit
    her because she usually has such good smells coming from the kitchen. I love all food – my favorites are
    cheese, just about all raw veggies – especially cauliflower, – but I don’t eat mushrooms or lettuce.
    This is my first email.

    • Dear Piper,

      Welcome to my web site! It’s always so exciting to see some new paw prints on my page! What is it with people and bills? I know it must be important, but I don’t understand it either.

      I do love some good Kong time (usually when there is peanut butter involved), and a yummy smelling kitchen is one of my most favorite happy places. Usually, something delicious falls on the floor and I am lightning quick to pick it up! 🙂 Come visit me again soon!


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  3. scrapydo Says:

    Love is so important in everybody’s lives. I know how to show my love to my mum, she is most of the time home so I love her for that!

  4. Leisa Says:

    Hi there Wiley, perhaps leave a paw note for your forever Mum and Dad and tell them some rescue remedy in your water bowl will help tremendously with your separation anxiety

    Much Love

    • Dear Leisa,
      I’ll have them look into that rescue remedy for my water bowl! Thanks for the tip! Just one teeny problem – I prefer not to drink water while they’re gone because I know I won’t have access to outside until they get home. It’s weird, I know. Thanks again! 🙂 Love, Wiley.

  5. Hopefully your love battery will get more used to storing the weekend charge and be less overwhelmed as time goes by 😉

  6. ashadeofpen Says:

    nothing pleases our heart more than a perfect company and a lil love 🙂

  7. Amba Says:

    I nominated you for the Liebster award 🙂

  8. Reblogged this on Wiley's Wisdom and commented:

    I do love a dog’s life. And Saturdays. Life is good.

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