Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

My Big American Dream March 6, 2014

Nobody’s perfect. Sometimes life just sucks. Momma said there would be days like this. But here’s the thing. That inherently implies there are also days like that. When things feel pretty perfect. And life is wondrous in all its glory. That was today for me.

For the most part, it was like any other day. Same old routine. I can always sniff out excitement though, and today it was definitely in the air from the start. It wasn’t until this afternoon when two men with big cameras and lights came to visit my forever home that I found out what all the fuss was about. Our family was “image cast” to appear as a normal family living the American Dream for a promo for a local news station. Family Photo (Throwback Thursday)

It’s a concept I’ve thought a lot about my whole life. What is normal? As a puppy, I longed for normalcy. I wanted to be like those puppies I heard about who found homes with a mom and a dad and kids. I wanted the American Dream before I understood what that phrase even meant.

Today it made sense to me in one of the most real and honest ways yet. The photographer men had mom doing “typical” things a mom and baby would do in the morning like getting baby Carter out of his crib, rocking with him, and changing his clothes. And Carter behaved like a champ. But my lesson came to life when one of the photographers said it.

“It’s okay if he cries,” he said to my mom. “We want this to be real.” We want this to be real. Now there’s a thought. Because I know so often what we see on TV and social media isn’t always real. It’s airbrushed and edited and perfect.

But nobody’s perfect. Sometimes life just sucks. And there are indeed often those “days like this.” But these are the real moments that remind us to cherish the times when our dreams are realized. These are the moments that make life worth living. These are the moments that bring the American dream to life. That was today for me.

**Stay tuned for the promo, set to hit local TV stations by the end of March! Spoiler alert – I’m featured in it too, so it is going to be pretty cute!**


14 Responses to “My Big American Dream”

  1. huntmode Says:

    Ah, Wyles, time for a LOVED button vs. just a LIKE button. You are already pretty famous, dawg. I do love the idea of your Mom and Dad and Carter and you being a “normal” farmily. Yeah, right – every dog has a blog. Yep. Uh huh. BUT I am so GLAD you and the family will be celebrated. Now I understand the recent IKEA shopping trip! You had to look good for the cameras! LOL. LOL. LOL. L.O.L. HuntMode

  2. Lyn Says:

    You will try and post a video clip won’t you Wiles? That would be lovely to see you with your forever family with your forever home. Every day you give us a little snippet into your joys, your hope, your regrets and sometimes even your sorrows and we’ve grown to love you and your family because of it. I love the the new portrait too, it’s…perfect!

    • Indeed, I will follow up with a link to the video when I get it – apparently I should have my paws on it by the end of March! Your words about sharing joy truly bring a warmth to my soul – thank you for coming along for the ride of my life – it would not be the same without you!

  3. angloswiss Says:

    I am really looking forward to that one, seeing my favourite doggy in a film, but am not sure if I will have a chance being in Switzerland. One of my first duties in the morning on the computer is to see what Wiley and his forever family are doing.

    • I love this news. It warms my heart. And no worries, dear friend, apparently there will be a link to the video that I will be able to share on the blog when its available. 🙂
      Lots of love to you and some of my favorite felines,

  4. utesmile Says:

    That sounds so exciting, wow you will need to show it to us when it is out! Can’t wait! 🙂

  5. So exciting! You’re a star, Wiles.

    Love and licks,

  6. How lovely! I can’t wait to hear more about it! 🙂

  7. fredrieka Says:

    Good with the bad, yet pray more good then bad.

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