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Your Teacher Heart September 16, 2013

Every now and then someone will ask me a question that I truly don’t know how to answer. (Want to go …anywhere…is not the question, in case you were wondering). How did you get so smart? They ask. Even if I could speak people, I’m not sure what my answer would be.

The thing is, I wouldn’t say I’m particularly smart. I’m not (that) special. Perhaps that’s why people think I’m smart. Because I’ve noticed a trend in modern society that people generally are not as smart as they think they are. A concept I think can go both ways.

Psychology aside, I do sometimes wonder where “smart” comes from. It’s not among the list of qualities American author John Grogan said seem to come so effortlessly to dogs: “loyalty, devotion, selflessness, unflagging optimism, unqualified love.” Grogan hypothesizes these emotions that are second nature to canines can be “elusive to humans.”

I can’t say this is true for everyone, but it does spark a curiosity in my heart. And I beg to differ with the popular thought that curiosity killed the cat. First, because I think it’s a terrible thing to say even if it is theoretical. Second, because I think curiosity of the heart is the ultimate spark for learning.Love. Unplugged.

This occurred to me today as I dreamed of meeting my little person and all he or she has to learn about the world. I found myself both excited and overwhelmed by the insight of my dog park friend Tucker, who shared with me all about his little person Mason. They are best buddies, and they are constantly learning from each other. But Mason is 13 people years old now. My little person will be brand new to the world the same time he or she is brand new to me. Talk about pressure.

Then I took a deep sighing breath (the kind that catches the attention of my forever mom and inevitably merits a scratch behind the ears) as I realized something that gave me the sincerest form of peace. I don’t know what I’m so worried about.ย My heart is my teacher. That’s why things like loyalty and selflessness come so easy to me. It’s all rooted in the unconditional love in my heart.

Every now and then someone will ask me a question that I truly don’t know how to answer. How did you get so smart? Beyond the people/dog language barrier lies their answer. I’m not. Not in the conventional sense at least.ย But I do know where smart comes from. It comes from a curiosity of the heart. It stems from a desire to be loyal, devoted, selfless and optimistic. It is love.

This post is dedicated to my dear blog friend Utesmile, whose encouragement inspired these words.


31 Responses to “Your Teacher Heart”

  1. Kuruk Says:

    Wiley, you are that special and smart! Woooooowooooooooo!

  2. Very nice, Wiley! I think you are more than smart – you are wise. As I was reading this I was thinking of the budding friendship between Max (almost 4-yr old St. Bernard/Lab X) and my youngest grandson, Sonny (13 mos. old). When they first met, Sonny wasn’t even aware of Max and Max was only a little curious about Sonny – but mostly just ignored him. This past year I have watched them slowly become a little more interested in each other. Sonny smiles when he sees Max and winces when he hears him bark. He is starting to toss bits of food from the highchair to Max (who now likes to lay closer than he did before). It is so sweet watching them and I know it is just the beginning of a beautiful love story.

    • Dear Linda,
      Well hello! Welcome, and thank you for sharing your lovely story about Max and Sonny. I can only hope for something like that to happen with my little person and I. Please keep coming to visit me – I love seeing new paw prints on my pages. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Lots of love,

  3. Leisa Says:

    โ™ฅ You ooze smarts and wisdom Wiley โ™ฅ

  4. utesmile Says:

    Wiles this is a beautiful post, and I thank you for dedicating it to me. You are the smartest and sweetest dog I know and have such wisdom.
    I love the way you have written your thoughts down and they are so so true!
    May your heart always teach you, also when your little person is here and show him/her unconditional love!
    Much love from Ute โ™ฅ

    • Dear friend,
      I do appreciate you and your words, so this seemed an appropriate way to show it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for your support, encouragement and for simply being you.
      Lots of love,

  5. huntmode Says:

    Well, Wyles, move over! When I am asked to describe myself (or friends describe me), I just answer, “I have all the qualities of a great German Shepherd.” I love the phrase, “curiosity of the heart!” Perfect!

  6. Basil Says:

    I would completely disagree with your ‘I’m not that special’ statement. You are amazing!

  7. I was thinking your “unflagging optimism” was what makes you so smart, but yes, the curiosity would help with that, too. Once I was curious about what was behind the big chair, and then I got stuck back there. Mom was not impressed with how smart I was that day. You will make your new person smile and giggle. It’s definitely easier to be smart when you’re happy. No worries….

    Love and licks,

    • Dear Cupcake,
      I think you might be on to something with your thinking on the optimism. That is definitely something we canines have in spades…as well as curiosity, which (as you pointed out) also has it’s risks. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Lots of love,

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  11. kanzensakura Says:

    I wish we listened to and learned from our hearts more often. You are a wise dog Wiley.

  12. lilypup Says:

    Wiley…we should hang out together once in a while! lily pup http://lilypupslife.wordpress.com/

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