Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Walk the Walk November 19, 2013

It doesn’t matter whether you have two legs or four. Body language says a lot. I know it is often referred to as nonverbal communication, but my time as a ground-level observer of people has taught me how loudly silence speaks. And if I’m going to talk the talk, I had best walk the walk.

Take today, for example. There I was, soaking in the sun in my (albeit chilly) backyard paradise when my lead (the one that functions primarily as a deterrent to my own canine version of attention deficit disorder) snapped.

It wasn’t my doing – the material simply died of old age. And in those few seconds the world seemed to come to a complete halt around me. My heart raced. This was my moment. If I wanted, I could take off. Explore the world. I could find my way back, right? Body language

That’s when it happened. I closed my eyes for a second and relived the beautiful exchange between my forever people a few days ago when dad finally felt the little person kicking. “Hey there little guy,” he said to mom’s tummy, “I can’t wait to meet you.” Life. From the ground up, it was embodied in the body language of that moment. From the look on their faces to that little person kicking away, so much was said with no words at all.

Body language has been speaking up around here lately. So today I decided to join the conversation. I took a stand today, in doing what I hope made a very important point to my people. They are my people and I never want to risk losing them for something as silly as an adventure outside my backyard paradise.

Instead, I wandered myself to the back door like nothing had happened, business as usual. Mom wasn’t home from that place called work yet, but dad was. And when he saw me standing there, severed from my lead and patiently waiting to be let back into my forever home, it happened again. Joy. From the ground up, I felt it coming from my forever dad. And the best part was he didn’t have to say a word.


13 Responses to “Walk the Walk”

  1. Kuruk Says:

    Wiley, I am so proud of you for not wandering off! Pawesome downward doggy tooowoooowooooo! Ku, the YogiBear 🙂

    • Dear Ku,
      You know as well as I – good forever homes, like the ones you and I have – aren’t so easy to come by. I’d hate to do anything to mess that up. 😉
      Lots of love,

  2. huntmode Says:

    So proud of you, Wyles! Hand to paw! And your Dad got to finally feel the baby kicking! Oh, the wonder of that moment for all three of you! Ooorrraaahhh!

  3. sandy Says:

    I can’t imagine how scared your Mom and Dad would’ve been if you had decided to take a little walk. Glad you made sure your Dad knew how important family is and that you were so smart to come looking for him. Way to go Wiley!!!

    • Oh goodness yes, dear Sandy, I can’t imagine scaring my people like that. It would be just mean. I’m not mean so I suppose that made the decision that much easier. 😉
      Lots of love,

  4. That proves it, Wiley! You’ve always been a good little boy, but now you proved you’re a good dog, too! Well done, buddy.

    Love and licks,

  5. True love needs no words :o)

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

    Life. From the ground up, it was embodied in this moment.

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