Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

The Great Greek Yogurt Caper October 14, 2013

I’ve heard this song about how girls just want to have fun? Well let me tell you, I think this is true of dogs regardless of our sex. My tale of fun today began with mom’s container of Blueberry Acai Greek Yogurt.

I was really only after the yogurt. Needless to say, I got a lot more than I bargained for with that one. I did not get any yogurt (apparently it’s not for doggies); instead I got a bout of hysterical laughter right in my face. And I didn’t mind it one little bit.

You see, us canines have a way of getting what we want. I know I have mentioned it before. The look. And today my employment of the look involved the use of unexpected props. I put my adorably cute little face right in the crook of the book mom was reading while she snacked on her yogurt. The Happiness Project I think it’s called. Well I got right up in that happiness and donned my most sincerely loving face. It looked something like this:Please can I have some yogurt?

The laughter that followed (almost) made up for not getting any yogurt. And if that didn’t, what happened next most definitely did. “Do you want to go to the dog park Wiley?” she asked. Silly mom. Of course I do. The answer to that question is always yes.

A few minutes later we were in the car ride and I could barely contain my excitement. We haven’t been to the park in a while, ever since I overheard some of the people telling mom about a three-legged dog starting all kinds of fights there recently. I’d already had my run-in with death at that park (the time the scary dog swung me around by my neck atop a picnic table), and I’m not fixing for a rerun episode of that any time soon.

But after a quick survey of the people and dogs in attendance today, it was deemed safe to enter. In I went and instantly I came across a new friend named Belle. Also a rescue, she is about the same age as myself and we got along immediately. We wagged and wrestled and chased and wagged some more. Simply put, we had fun.

Girls just want to have fun? Certainly this was true of my new friend Belle. But it’s not just a girl thing. I may not have scored any yogurt today, but the look certainly got its money’s worth of fun. And perhaps more importantly, I got a reminder of how important it is to get silly and let loose from time to time.

“We are driven by five genetic needs,” suggested American psychiatrist William Glaser, “survival, love and belonging, power, freedom and fun.” Sometimes I think it’s too easy for us to get caught up in the more obvious of the needs (like survival) that we forget to have a little fun every now and then. That certainly was not the case today. Fun. From the ground up, it was had today.

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31 Responses to “The Great Greek Yogurt Caper”

  1. You’re a much bigger boy than I thought, Wiles. I pictured you smaller for some reason.
    What fun you had!

    • I love the park. I tend to lose track of my size when I’m there – thinking I’m a lot bigger than I am. My people tell me I weigh about 20 pounds, whatever that means. 😉

  2. Kuruk Says:

    Looks like you had fun,fun, fun! Woooohooowoooooo!

  3. Sandy Says:

    That’s a huge dog park! Thanks for sharing your adventure and your new friend – and your dog-in-a-book-look!!

  4. utesmile Says:

    I can understand you love this park, it is wonderful and so big, perfect for running and playing with your friends. It is great your mum took you and you could run loose as you wanted. lovely to meet friends there too, I see you had much fun with Belle!

  5. Basil Says:

    Looks and sounds like you had a brilliant time!

  6. So much fun! By the time you were headed home, your tongue looked like a slice of baloney!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  7. huntmode Says:

    Wyles, I confess I always surrender my empty yogurt cup to Ella and the little tinfoil cap goes to Elby – they love licking up whatever remains. So, when I read “apparently it’s not for doggies,” I immediately ran a search and you know what, Wyles? It’s okay for you to have some yogurt. Oh, yes it is. Now, show this to your mama and then maybe you get the car ride and the yogurt! Grin. We gotta stick together here, Wyles!

  8. It’s fun to see you having so much fun!! And tell your mom that yogurt is GOOD for dogs! We get it in our food every day! Not blueberry tho. We get plain, non-fat. But it sure is YUMMY!!

  9. You always lift my spirits Wiley! Keep shining on us all! ♥

  10. scrapydo Says:

    Looks as if you enjoy meeting your friend out there! My friend Jack every now and again escapes from his “dad’s” home when he is not looking and comes to visit me. This morning while Mom and I were coming back from our walk we had to take Jack back. I always enjoy taking him back Gives me time with him and some extra exercise! Paws up!

    • I’m glad you have Jack-he sounds like a real stinker….we all need this in our lives. So good to see you too…how are things??

      • scrapydo Says:

        Kind of great this side. Lots to do. Trompie visited his friends Molly and Luigi for the past 3 weeks. They enjoy each others company. At the end of the day they are dog tired! I am unlocking my sons place and keep an eye on their homes renovations while they are at work. Keeps me going.

      • What fun! I’m so happy for Trompie getting to hang out with hi s pals! That is always a nice time. Well I think of you often, and hope life is good. 🙂
        Lots of love,
        Wiles


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