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Joy: From the Ground Up

A Tail of Two Faces July 1, 2013

I’m not that big a fan of things that are two-faced in life.

Take my favorite red leash for example. When mom grabs it out I go absolutely crazy with excitement because I know it means I’m accompanying her somewhere. It doesn’t even matter where we’re going since I love our adventures so much. But there is a dark side to my precious red leash. Just as it signals the beginning of a journey, as it does also mark the journey’s end. It’s the worst when we’re leaving a family gathering or (worse yet) the dog park.

I think my mom is on to my evade-the-leash game, to the point where I don’t think she finds much humor in it anymore. Last week, she essentially chased me around the entirety of the park’s limits before I finally let her win. The same thing happened today, after I encountered another two-faced friend of mine.

Water. It’s refreshing, nourishing, and necessary to living. So you can’t blame me for finding my way back to the fabulous mud puddles I discovered recently and staging a wrestling match with Sage the lab mix. (Can you?) We chased and wrestled ourselves until we were both adequately exhausted. I don’t understand why Sage chose to leave the mud puddle, as I found it to be an incredibly cool and relaxing place to laze and appreciate the splendor of the park. I also don’t understand why my mom got so upset with me and scolded me until I left my own personal spa pool.

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The water I love stabbed me in the back (literally) about an hour later when I got not one, but two separate baths. One without soap (which apparently proved insufficient) and one with soap. I hate baths. There’s nothing worse than the humiliation of the chilly water shrinking me to a third of my usual size, being rubbed down with perfumed shampoo and emerging covered in a scent that is nothing like my own natural smell when it’s all over. And I have to stay off the comfy furniture for what seems like forever afterward!

While my favorable opinion of both my favorite red leash and water remain unchanged by the events of the day, I definitely learned something from my experience with two-faced things in life. I don’t care for them. Fake is not a favorite people word of mine. Representing something is not the same as living it. Breathing it. Being it. It’s not worth it to mask who you really are because (spoiler alert) the world sees the truth. Hiding it from yourself doesn’t hide it from the world. Be honest with the world. Be honest with yourself. Be you.


24 Responses to “A Tail of Two Faces”

  1. Love the pictures!! Sorry about the bath, Wiley, but it happens to the best of us!! 🙂

  2. Donna just had a bath two, snorting disgustedly all the way… I must say… the human must be the most two face thing then… after all we administer baths but we also administer treats and yummy food and other fun times. Guess its just some thing both humans and dogs have to live with…. two-faced things. Hope you get to be on the comfy furniture now. 🙂

  3. I’m with you Wiley. I love water in my bowl and I like Spa-treatments in a puddle – but the water in the bathtub is a NO-GO.

  4. Poor you, Wiley! Your bath-face says it all. Baths are the devil’s work. And TWO baths are just unthinkable! After my bath, I use the furniture to finish drying myself and wipe off all the hair that came loose. Mom says she’d rather move to a new house than clean up the mess.

    Love and licks,

    • Indeed, my bath face said it all. Two baths was terribly unthinkable. I do like your idea to use the furniture as a personal dryer. I might have to try that next time! (I’m sure my parents will be just as happy about it as your Mom too). 🙂 Thanks for the tip!

  5. Basil Says:

    Two baths?? I would have styed in the mud if i was you!!

  6. huntmode Says:

    Hmmm, those last lines, Wiley… I suspect you had more in mind than leashes and baths. Although, you are right, of course. HuntMode

  7. Jessica Says:

    Your take on honesty is refreshing! Though, aside from dogs, I can not think of anyone (or anything) else that is 100% honest with the world around them, not two-faced! Maybe I’m just becoming negative in my old age! 😉

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

    Mom and her silly dog park games. 🙂

  11. Lyn Says:

    Oh, I wouldn’t have chased you Wiles, I’d have just sat on the ground with a bag of your favourite treats and waited till you came sniffing’ and then…GOTCHA!! 😀

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