Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Jumping For Joy March 30, 2014

Apparently it’s frowned upon. It’s one of those behaviors that helps earns a dog (who shall remain unnamed) the title of obedience school drop out. It’s one of those things that makes a lot of people say “no!” in loud voices. Jumping. From the ground up, it is literally one of my life’s true conundrums.

JoyBecause my forever people seem to like it. From day one, I have reacted to the simple motion of a person patting their legs while standing as a cue they would like me to jump into their arms. Obviously that must be why they are patting their legs like that. So I use the imaginary springs in my legs to jump two or three feet into the air and voila! Success for all parties.

Unfortunately not everyone understands this gesture as the sign of joy it is meant to be. I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me that the thought of catching my 23-pound frame would seem daunting if one is physically unprepared. But it got me to thinking today about the unique power of the unexpected.

The unknown. From the ground up, I know it can be scary. And usually there is no way to prepare. But if we overcome it by bringing fear to purpose, it can become a beacon of joy. If we let it.

This is not to say my methods of jumping for joy are always the best. To each his own. At least I know it works for me. And for my people. And, as it turns out, it worked on the photographer visitors that were here in my forever home recently. It turns out they didn’t forget about me at all. They actually included me in a second version of the commercial, which begins with a lovely image of mom and baby Carter.

Of all things, I was jumping. There I am doing the thing that most dog trainers frown upon. The naughty thing that gets dogs like me kicked out of obedience school. The thing that seems to elicit the “no” response more than most other things I do. There I am doing what I do best. Jumping for joy. I don’t think I will ever be convinced it’s such a bad thing.

To see the second version of the commercial: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=573205620437&l=8948471090623811603



18 Responses to “Jumping For Joy”

  1. Easter Ellen Says:

    I love this story.. made me smile 🙂

    • That’s the best thing about joy, in my humble opinion. My joy made you smile, and your smile brought me joy. It truly is a beautiful thing. Please keep visiting me – it was very nice to see you again!
      Lots of love,

  2. kiwiskan Says:

    you and Bert both… 🙂

  3. utesmile Says:

    Great Wiles, You are fantastic, love your jumps! Way to go!

  4. Sandy Says:

    I think that makes you one of the go getters! How neat to see you and your family – you are all famous!!

  5. Oh Wiley I saw you in the video! I jumped with joy too ! You’re in Tv, how great is that?

  6. Great job, Wiley! You look like a star! Mom and Carter aren’t bad either. Ditto to your dad’s legs! You all made it onto TV! Fun!

    Love and licks from your biggest fan,

    • Dear Cupcake,
      Thank you for all the kind things you say about my beloved forever family members. I was sure to pass it all along, even to dad’s legs. 😉
      Lots of love,

  7. Deborah Says:

    Don’t ever lose your sense of joy, Wiley! What do those obedience schools know anyway? 😉
    And the commercial is great! You look so good on camera! 🙂

    • I think you’re right about what those obedience schools don’t know. Maybe it’s akin to when a child is acting out in class….is the problem that they can’t concentrate or is it that they are bored? 🙂 Thank you for your kind words!
      Lots of love,

  8. pawedblog Says:

    Yaaay! Wiley, I say sod those trainers that don’t appreciate your jumps! TV people obviously thought they were pretty fine. I knew they were saving you for best!
    Hugs, Carrie (Myfie, Ellie and Millie) x

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