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Things I Don’t Understand July 10, 2013

People talk. Human emotion. Interpersonal relationships. There are a lot of things I think people think dogs don’t understand. I’ve got a little secret for you. We do. Sure, some of us understand people talk better than others. Certain breeds are especially gifted with understanding human emotion. And our own variety of social skills reflects our understanding the golden rule to do unto others as you would have done to you.

So you can imagine my confusion when people, my forever people no less, question my understanding. Occasionally dad comments to mom that it’s like I understood what he was saying. Today it went the other way around with mom suggesting it to dad. This surprised me, since she is definitely a firm believer in my understanding of all things human. It must have been the topic of conversation that threw her off the communicative scent, as dad made me the most disturbing (yet loving) promise.

“If you ever get cancer, we will do everything we can to save you little man,” he said. “Surgeries, treatments, even doggie chemo.”

Thinking HardWhere did that come from? Somehow the conversation that had been about what they were going to have for dinner evolved into something completely incomprehensible to me. How on Earth that happened, I will never understand. And while I sincerely appreciate the sentiment, I found it incredibly unsettling to think about. I know life is messy and these things happen sometimes, but I see negativity as a cancer of its own that I make a point to stay away from as best I can.

Sure, there is some validity to the idea of expecting the best while preparing for the worst. I’m a walking advertisement for living each day as if it could be our last. “The one fact I would cry from every housetop is this: The Good Life is waiting for us—here and now,” suggested behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner. Indeed today is the first day of the rest of our lives, and that also means it could be our last. But let us embrace the positive rather than fearing the negative. It never ceases to amaze me the power negativity has to spread like wildfire. It’s almost more contagious than positivity and that breaks my little doggie heart.

It wasn’t the case in this particular conversation, which reverted back to a the discussion about dinner moments later. And I opted to see dad’s random promise akin to a people expression of love. But it all got me to thinking about the things people think we dogs can’t understand and how different the world would be if they knew we understand so much more than they think we do.

Doggie Halloween costumes. The cancer that is negativity. People grooming habits. That place called work. Why bad things happen to good people. All canines are different, but let’s be clear. These are the things I don’t understand.



20 Responses to “Things I Don’t Understand”

  1. And none of us do! 🙂

  2. your writing persona adds extra punch to your theme- well said

  3. I’m with you Wiley! There are so many unanswered questions! But one thing I know is you are very cute! And Copper says, “Woof!”

  4. We must echo The Red Man, none of us understand!

  5. djmatticus Says:

    Yep, and it’s not that big of a secret that we humans don’t understand those things either. So, in that you are in good company!

  6. pieterk515 Says:

    I could listen to you speak all day…good dog.

  7. I agree Wiley – too much questions, not enough answers. And a lot of things we can’t understand and nevertheless we have to accept or to bear this things.

  8. Very scary conversation indeed, although it is good to know that they would do anything to help you, no matter what problem you may ever face. Of course you guys understand. In fact, you probably understand better than most humans

    • I am incredibly blessed to have forever people who love me enough to take such good care of me. It breaks my heart thinking of the people out there who don’t even have that. 😦

  9. Gizmo Says:

    Once again you have shown how wise you are Wiley…Makes me think I better watch what I say around Gizmo so he doesn’t get the wrong idea

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

    All things human don’t always make sense to us four-leggers.

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