I’m not ashamed to say my book of tricks is fairly limited. I know the basics, like sit, stay and come (not that I’m always that good at the last of the three). I know a couple more advanced things, like rollover, play dead and shake. I fondly remember the time I spent with my dear forever mom learning these things when she first brought me into her forever home. And not just for the treats (as there were many).
As for my favorite trick, I think it might be one only dog lovers would appreciate. I think it took the most time for me to learn, too, which aligns well with my belief that good things come to those who wait. “Give kiss,” mom would say. I thought she was crazy at first. I tried that once (or twice) at a previous adoptive home and was scolded ten times over.
Maybe that’s why it was so hard for me to wrap my mind around. But once I did, it became a favorite trick of mine to perform, not just for the treats but because the way I see it, a kiss is a sign of love. And there is no lack of love in my heart for my dear forever mom, that much is for sure.
Dear baby Carter is no animal. He’s a little person, who I’ve had the honor of watching grow and develop for the last (almost) 16 months. And today he brought a new kind of joy to the hearts in my forever home. Today, mom asked him for a kiss and he didn’t even think twice.
He gave her a kiss immediately, and he didn’t even require any treats for doing so. He just did it. Like he knew exactly what he was doing and had done it a million times before. But he hadn’t done it before. This was the first time. And it made my heart sing with joy to see.
I know my book of tricks is fairly limited. I know the basics and some advanced things. But seeing that happen today made me realize it’s okay to have a limited variety, so long as they have the desired effect. Like Carter and I with our “give kiss” trick. It’s not much. And the treats are nice.
But the joy is my favorite part.