Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

So Happy Together June 2, 2014

It is honestly probably one of the last words I would have ever thought would be used to describe me. But apparently it’s true. I’ve heard more than one person say it and it’s time to man (er, dog?) up and accept the truth. I’ve been a little withdrawn lately.

Ever since my forever people brought my little person home, things have been different. I’ve spoken before about how I’m not really jealous of dear baby Carter. I love him more than words can say. But lately he’s been causing me new kinds of pain I would prefer to avoid if at all possible. Carter and I

In recent days he has discovered a new sound his voice can make, for example. It’s an incredibly high-pitched screeching sound, similar to a chirping bird. Except once he starts making it, the sound can go on for an hour at a time. Also, now that he’s discovered how to reach for things he has been grabbing my fur. Hard. Every time he gets a good hold, he yanks a good deal of fur out with it. And it hurts.

But I heard something today that made my heart pause a second. It was on the moving picture window on a television show called “Lost,” which I understand was quite a phenomenon in pop culture a few years ago. A man named Jack, who appeared to be some sort of leader, said it. “If we don’t learn to live together, we will die alone.”

At first I was a bit puzzled by the thought. It sounded so negative through the eyes of your resident doggie optimist. But the more I thought about it, the silver lining became apparent. And then it happened.

The screeching and grabbing happened simultaneously with one of his biggest smiles yet. In that moment, I was reminded what this is all about. Joy. From the ground up, that is what I do get from my time together with dear baby Carter. For that I can learn to live with the screeches and the clumps of fur I’m starting to lose on a daily basis.


8 Responses to “So Happy Together”

  1. Jess Says:

    Such an insightful pup! Baby Carter is awesome, too!

  2. utesmile Says:

    You are amazing Wiles, anyway I think it is just a phase…. it’ll pass and then discover how to stroke you! Wait for it……. 🙂

  3. You’re a braver man than me, Wiley! I’d be 100% freaked out by the screech and running from the fur-pulling all day long. Good for you knowing it’ll be a way of life for a while. Hang in there. Soon the screeching will become saying your name and the pulling will turn to petting and cuddling. I hope you have some fur left by then….

    Love and licks,

  4. The man named Jack said some wise words, think he is right. And you could look behind the words and you understood what he meant , that’s great, bro, you are one of the smartest dogs I know :o)

  5. pawedblog Says:

    Aww Wiles! The man named Jack was right, but the more you guys live together, the easier it will get! Baby Carter is like a human puppy, he has to learn boundaries just like you did but he will get there, he has one of the most sweetest, gentlest teachers!
    Hugs, Carrie and pups x

  6. maijaharrington Says:

    Hey, Wiley, I just found your blog and I will be back! Sorry to hear you’re having somewhat of a rough time with the new little human. Carter is fortunate to have you! When my first daughter was born (over 40 years ago!), our little fox terrier, Kiva, found that, in a few months, the little one was lots of fun. When she started eating gooey foods, she spat out tons of it for Kiva to clean up. Also, when she learned to scoot her body along the floor, she would get on top of Kiva’s pillow, and Kiva would pull her all around the house. I hope you get to have as much fun with Carter.

    My name is Maija (pronounced My-uh), and your adult humans may be interested in checking out my blog. I’m posting a chapter per week of my book-in-progress, Funny Tails: Adventures and Misadventures in Living with Pugs, at http://maijaharrington.com. It’s a humorous look at life with our 3 pugs plus various foster pugs from Pug Rescue of North Carolina. So far, readers tell me it’s pretty funny. Ask your folks to stop by for some laughs if they have time.

  7. Lyn Says:

    Oh Wiles, I think that high-pitched screeching sound would turn my eyes inside out – sort of like fingernails on a chalkboard 😮 And as for the fur pulling…well, as a Grandma I can say I know how you feel. My grandcherubs had all used my hair as an extra way of hanging on when I’ve held them. One of them would grab hold of my hair with both hands, put their nose against mine and “Raaa” at me. Maybe you could wear a jacket to protect your poor fur. But, remember, the fur pulling stage is only temporary – it won’t last forever.

  8. Stick in there friend, soon you two will be the best of pals and I’m sure the pulling will stop!!

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