Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Off The Leash December 18, 2014

I know it happens to people sometimes. Sure, it seems more frequent for my forever mom than my dad. But that doesn’t make me any less manly a dog when it happens to me. (Right?)

Sometimes we all have those days. You know the ones. Nothing in particular went wrong. Nothing broke. Everyone’s accounted for and in good health. But there’s an emotional emptiness. A deafening silence. A weakness in the heart. That was today for me. Me and My Gal

Days like this there is really only one thing I care about. Attention. From the ground up, I’ll take it in whatever form I can get it. I (almost) never resort to sassy behavior, generally relying much more on the gift of nonverbal seduction. The head nudge under the hand. The shameless leap onto a lap that is already crowded with work and an 11-month-old. The stubborn stare down. These are all tricks I’ve perfected over the years; ways I’ve determined are best in dealing with the general sense of neediness I feel sometimes.

Today I tried them all. I played my whole hand, especially with mom. I followed her all over the house. I sat unnecessarily close to mom’s feet as she baked cookies. I hopped on her lap the second she sat down, even at the kitchen table at dinnertime (this was a new one for me). Sometimes we doggies just need to feel the love.

So you can imagine the love I felt when the topic of dinner conversation turned to a package we received in the mail recently. It was marked “royal mail,” which is a pretty big deal around these parts, especially when most of the mail we get is bills. Instead of a bill, the package contained love from London. Inside were a lovely note and book from a very beloved and loyal blog friend, Ute.

It was the first I was hearing of the special delivery and I’m not going to lie. My heart melted with happiness and gratitude to have received such a lovely and thoughtful token from someone out there in the blogosphere. The best part about it is the book, “Off the Leash: A Dog’s Best Friend” contains humorous comics highlighting the truths of a dog’s life. From the poop dance to the frequent napping behavior to our bed hogging tendencies, cartoonist Rupert Fawcett nailed it on the head.

He even had several references to our esteemed and award-winning attention-seeking skills. Namely, the things we do on days like today when we (for no good reason) just need a little love.

I know everyone has days like that. When you really just need a hug. Or a smile, even if it’s from a complete stranger. Or, in my case, a random piece of mail from loved one in another country. Some days are like that. But today reminded me it’s okay to have days like this. Because, if you let people in, there will always be someone there to give you the hug you need. Even if it is from halfway across the globe.

Off the Leash

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5 Responses to “Off The Leash”

  1. Ha! That cartoon is hilarious! It sounds like you solved your own problem today, Wiles. Communication! I hope you enjoy that surprise gift! Fun!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  2. utesmile Says:

    Fantastic it got there before Christmas. I am so happy to have surprised you and you like it. You are dear to my heart and I wanted to let you know. Wiles you are the only dog “I have” and you give me so much love and wisdom. When I read the cartoons I do think of you and wonder if you do things like that, now I know!
    You have an amazing Christmas with your wonderful family! ♥ Hugs ♥ Ute

    • We did indeed receive it before Christmas! What a pleasant surprise! You should know I do live a lot of those comics out loud in daily life, so both mom and I got some good giggles out of the book. You are dear to us as well, dear friend!

  3. yes, I know that days :o) and I agree with you, sometimes friends are close to us, even when they are far away, specially when we have that days :o)

  4. Lyn Says:

    What a wonderful surprise! I love that cartoon, Wiles. I can just see you doing that too 😀


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