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Joy: From the Ground Up

The Golden Rule April 16, 2014

I’m not sure what happened. I’m also not quite sure how it took me so long to notice. I guess it makes sense, with the little person to tend to and the weather we’ve been having. But it hit me today as I was outside enjoying some sunshine in my backyard paradise. Demon dog is gone.

Demon dog, the dog who injured the face of another neighbor dog friend of mine by chewing threw the fence. Demon dog, who taunted me incessantly from his side of the fence whenever he had the chance. Demon dog, who I so frequently wished would simply disappear. Well, it seems he has.

Today I tried to remember the last time I saw him outside, the last time we undoubtedly got into a verbal (aka barking) disagreement. It was cold – that much I know for sure. And there was snow. But I think it was before dear baby Carter came home. Maybe even before Christmas.Seeking Forgiveness

I don’t know when it happened. But now that it has I’m a little ashamed to admit how relieved I am. I am so very happy my little person will never be exposed to that kind of canine aggression. I feel free of a burden of sorts, as he was a bad influence on my canine instincts. When he barked, I barked. I felt like I had to in order to retain my doggie dignity.

But now that it seems he really is gone I can’t help but also feel the slightest bit guilty. It might be partially because I don’t know what happened to him. Where did he go? How long has it been? I have no idea.

I’ve heard there is this people phrase to be careful what you wish for, and I think in this case it rings true. It doesn’t matter how much of a nuisance he was. I constantly tried to put things in perspective. To remember he too has a past I know nothing about. And now he’s just gone.

I’m not sure what happened. But I have a feeling it might not be a happy ending. And I think the not knowing makes it worse. But I want to embrace the life lesson I’m getting from this whole dilemma. The golden rule. Never wish negative things upon another. Because when you do, life has a way of teaching you a lesson you might not want to learn.


11 Responses to “The Golden Rule”

  1. Leisa Says:

    Powerful lesson indeed Wiley.. a blessing for the Demon Dog and all of his lessons ♥

    • Leisa! It’s so good to see you! I hope all is well!

      • Leisa Says:

        I am very well thank you Dear Wiley, I have been incredibly busy making the transition to working from home full time in our accounting business. Loving it!
        And today is Earth day so make sure you get out and roll in something delicious smelling 😀 And also its my Birthday..I Love that my birthday falls on Earth Day!
        Much love to you Wiley

  2. huntmode Says:

    The truth is out there, Wyles….. and Demon dog has departed, we wish him well. Okay, bring Carter out, it’s safe. 🙂

  3. HausofPug Says:

    As always, very insightful Wiley. It is not fair that you didn’t feel comfortable in your own yard though. Do not feel guilty for being relieved! But of course we hope no harm came to Demon Dog. 🙂

  4. utesmile Says:

    It is never good to wish bad things for someone or wish them away. Still something threatening and something which makes the place unsafe should be not there. So don’t feel guilty and we all hope nothing bad happened to the dog. It does make life safer though and that is a good thing for everybody!

  5. Lyn Says:

    I’m not going to lie; I’m glad Demon Dog has gone. I had visions of little Carter or you being injured – or worse – by him. When you compare his attitude with yours Wiles, surely it has to have something to do with “nurture”.

  6. I agree with you, Wiley sometimes we feel a little guilty for our wishes. My mom once was happy as the annoying neighbors moved. Her dad said: be careful, you knew what you had, but you will never know what you will get next. And Bingo! the next neighbors were worse. But after all I’m glad now you and Baby Carter are safe. I hope Demon dog is ok and he is still alive, maybe he found a good home, that would be nice.

  7. Is the Demon’s family still there? Maybe they ALL moved away to someplace where he could run free and not be frustrated (and annoying). Either way, being careful what you wish for is good advice.

    Love and licks,

  8. Sandy Says:

    I’m glad that you are not being bothered by that dog anymore – and especially glad that Carter will be much safer and not scared. The sad thing is that it is not the dog’s fault – it is the fault of the people who should have trained and taught him better.

    • I hear you on that, dear Sandy. I know because I had a few “stinker” qualities when I moved into my forever home. That’s what dad calls my bad habits. Well he broke those right quick and now I consider myself to be a pretty darned good dog. Case and point. 🙂 I too am relieved he won’t be around for little Carter to see – I think he would scare him to death!
      Lots of love,

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