Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Neighborhood Watch January 6, 2014

It’s been said more than once. Some have said it jokingly. Others have been more serious about it. Regardless of the reasons, the message is clear. I would make a terrible guard dog.

Watching the Angel SleepIn our neighborhood we are surrounded on either side by neighbor ladies who have been widowed, one of whom was especially enthusiastic about my impending ferocity when my people first brought me home from the humane society. It will be nice to have a dog guarding this neck of the neighborhood, she said.

Here I am, three and a half years later, and that could not be farther from the truth. My bark is rare, and every visitor to my forever home is greeted with fanfare and love. I do, after all, have a personal goal to share joy with whomever will take it, so why would I startle folks as they enter my home? It’s simply not in my bones.

Or so I thought. Then came baby Carter and suddenly everything has changed. Every little creak in the floor makes me jump, I find myself reacting to noises outside differently, and I have even uttered a protective bark or two at something other than the pig on the Geico commercials or the dogs with pretty teeth in the Pedigree commercials. I can’t describe the change other than that it feels instinctual, as natural as scratching an itch behind my ear.

“Follow your instincts,” American media mogul Oprah Winfrey suggested. “That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.” Sometimes I think its all too easy to start believing what people say about us. Especially when it’s not necessarily complimentary. I’m not really sure which side of the fence a guard dog falls on, since it usually isn’t a good thing to assume the bad in everyone instead of the good. But I have developed some pretty keen instincts in my time on four paws, and I think its time I start employing them. It’s been said more than once that I could never be a guard dog. I’ve got new reasons to believe that doesn’t make it true.




40 Responses to “Neighborhood Watch”

  1. areed090290 Says:

    Wiley do NOT feel badly about showing your pearly whites every once in a while when it comes to baby Carter! Let me tell you, when I’ve trained my dogs, I’ve always trained them with a passive aggressive note. No one can judge a puppy but a puppy, and let me tell you, You’re one spectacular puppy Wiley!

    My puppy Sadie wags her tail every time she sees you, if that makes you feel better.

  2. writetowag Says:

    You are so right, why is it we tend to believe what people say of us? Boo on them and Yeah for us!!!! I’m your cheerleader Wiles…bark it out bud!!!! Do what you feel…Carter has held up a mirror and you see yourself in all it’s glorious form…you are coming into your own…Oh, I wanna give you a big ol’ hug…((((hugs)))) from all the joy of your special person!!!! Babies really do bring out the BEST in all of us!!!! Please give your mom a nuzzle from me and Trev!!!!

    • I know – I wish I could change that about us…especially because so often what other people say is not accurate. It means a lot that I have someone like you to bark it out to, dear one. Everything you’ve said in your recent comments absolutely makes my heart swell with joy and love right back at you. Thank you for being you!!!!
      Lots of love,
      Wiles (and Mom)

  3. likeitiz Says:

    How can one possibly not become protective over such an angel! I’m sure it’s not just your guard dog instincts, Wiley. Perhaps it’s also your parental tendencies.

    • Who knew a doggie like me would have parental tendencies? Certainly not me…those folks at the humane society were sure wrong about that. They only approved me for children ages 10 and up…boy, were they wrong. I’m great with little ones! πŸ™‚

  4. kiwiskan Says:

    Our Staffords are not territorial, and they love people – but they do react when someone threatens their family…as it should be.

  5. utesmile Says:

    You guard baby Carter that is good as I am sure your parents love that too. Guarding something is good, adn you also do it with love and joy!

    • You do amazing things to bring people joy too, friend. Mom got some mail from you today and it made her cry tears of joy! I know what I’m blogging about tonight! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      • utesmile Says:

        That makes me very happy and almost cry for joy too. ( the best tears) Wiles! Glad it arrived!

      • It sure did. Mom just teared up again being reminded of your kindness. Something about hormones…I thought those were supposed to calm down after the baby came. I thought wrong. πŸ˜‰
        Lots of love,

  6. You are just so lovely! It is so very cute that you are on guard now that you have the lovely Carter to look after. But don’t forget to rely on your family – your a unit and I know your mum and dad will also do everything to keep you and Carter safe. And when Carter grows up I am sure he will be just as protective of you!!

  7. Carter is in good paws. I don’t even think bacon will distract you from your duties.

    Love and licks,

  8. Lyn Says:

    You’re just doing your big brotherly duty, Wiles. Carter need not fear when you are on guard duty.

  9. Sandy Says:

    Although by nature you are a friendly dog full of joy, you know that you need to watch over your vulnerable little pal You are simply the best Wiley!

    • Vulnerable! That’s the word I was looking for to describe the little guy. So very vulnerable to literally everything around him. It’s the least I can do to help keep him safe.
      Lots of love,

  10. As a big brother to Carter, it is a necessity that you guard your newest, most dearest best friend! You will do it with joy from the ground up as you are wont to say. No worries…you are the perfect ‘guard dog’ and of that, I’m certain! xo

  11. I think it’s great that you try to protect your little family member. Think we have it inside that we try to protect the smallest one of your family. That’s a sign of true love :o)

    • Leave it to you to make sense of things, brother. Dear little Carter is indeed tiny, so it makes sense why I’m so compulsive about keeping an eye on him. πŸ™‚
      Lots of love,

  12. Nikitaland Says:

    Oh Wiley, that is the cutest photo ever! You watching over little Carter! You brought up an interesting point about noises. When Nikita was growing up, she would hear noises and woof and then go investigate them. Now, with Bella in the house, Bella has taken on that role and investigates everything, woofs when the deer are in our yard, while Nikita is found napping on her back on the bed. It is hilarious on how the roles change in the household.

  13. huntmode Says:

    Wyles, my first exclamation out loud was, “Oh, you cute dog! I want to eat you!” I didn’t see your photo until I finished reading your piece. I think that is the best yet, Wyles. We are guardians and we guard when the time is right. I trust you, Wyles. That is what big brother dogs are for, whether they have two feet or four and a tail.

    In my family, when I was born, we had a black colored Cocker Spaniel named Blackie, from the local pound. He’d been with us a while by the time I arrived and he was not happy when I took his place in the car. In fact, he wouldn’t acknowledge me for about a year. I worked on him though, feeding him peanut butter sandwiches under the table. Apparently, it was all I would eat at a certain stage. Then came the day. We were out walking, I was in my stroller. Some strange dog challenged us. My mother said, “Blackie instantly put himself between you and that dog, Huntie. It was then I knew it would all be okay.” Makes me cry just typing it. Loved that dog. HuntMode

    • My goodness, Huntie! Your message brought mom and I to tears. She says its still the hormones…I don’t believe her. I’m so glad you have those fabulous memories of dear Blackie, even if he took a little warming up at the beginning. He had your back always and forever, no questions asked. That’s hard to find these days.
      For what it’s worth, I’ve got your back this way too. Though I’m sure the other fur babies in the HuntMode family have it covered. πŸ˜‰
      Lots of love,

      • huntmode Says:

        You can never have too many people watching your back or your six, Wyles. Give every one of the Schmidts a hug and a kiss from us. We got the Schmidts’ six, too. The HuntModes

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

    “That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.”

  15. go for it Wiley, we always protect the ones we love

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