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Along Memory Lane February 18, 2014

It doesn’t happen often. Usually it’s all blue skies and sunshine. Lately there’s even been a lot of playing with a slightly more grown up version of Carter. But every now and then I get a glimpse of the past in my doggie daydreams.

Today I was back on the streets with Tiger (the inappropriately named lab who I came to think of as family). It’s funny how having a little person of my own changes how I reflect on the time I spent helping him care for his puppies. This occurred to me as my daydream trip down memory lane took me to a fateful day. It was like I was there again. Sweet Dreams

It was Tiger and I against the world. Usually we stayed on our part of town but not that day. That day our search for food brought us into a territory better left alone. We were met there by a brutish pack of dogs just as fierce as rumor had it. Except for one thing. We had a lot at stake. We had three little puppy mouths to feed. And we were not going to negotiate with bullies.

That’s the thing about bullying. They stay in power as long as they are allowed to do so. Stand up to them, put them in their (not so powerful) place, and in a way you stand up for every other victim of their bullying. It’s not always easy, and might not always take on the first try, but persistence will pay off in one way or another.

If not for the bullies, for those who took a stand. It wasn’t easy to cross enemy lines that day, but I’m glad we did it. Sure, we got the food we sought. But we got more than that. We stood up to the bullies and (more importantly) we lived to tell the tale.

The past has a way of making its way into my present in the oddest ways sometimes. And today I’m so glad it did. Because every now and then we need reminders of where we came from to light the path to where we’re going.


17 Responses to “Along Memory Lane”

  1. Lyn Says:

    Well, as far as bullies are concerned, be they four-legged or two-legged your forever family is safe with you around πŸ˜‰

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  3. fredrieka Says:

    you are right bullies are actually cowards..

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  5. I agree for the bullies, they only attack you when they are at an advantage. As a pack they are like lions but alone they are just mice .

  6. huntmode Says:

    It takes great strength and courage to stand up and be counted. You and Tiger did it and lived to tell the tale. As you say, Wyles, good to know where you come from and what you are truly made of. “It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.” e.e. cummings. πŸ˜‰ Love HuntMode

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

    You and me against the world.

  11. kanzensakura Says:

    We do need to remember – all the sad and bad times, the good times. Yesterday makes the person we are today. And how brave to stand against the bad to do the greater good – those puppy mouths needed food. And now I am wondering about them and hoping they are in a good place and fed.

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