My children took advantage of the nice weather and went out-of-town on the last long weekend of summer. Mom then became the official dog-sitter and the leader of The Pack for the weekend. I have to say the experience was quite interesting…
The two dogs are different as day and night, Jaden can and will sleep any where he so desires, but our guest will not sleep unless it is in his own bed.
Jaden is happy to be on his own at night, but Winston needs to be with humans and loves to snuggle up to you early in the morning.
Jaden loves to people watch and sun bath on the deck, but Winston has too much energy to lie down for more than a minute, he prefers to be on the go at all time.
Jaden is content to be lying beside me as I work on my laptop, but Winston wants to play 24/7.
These dogs had to deal with each other and to adjust to their individual preferences and ‘personality”, It was not easy in the beginning, but after some growling and showing of teeth they finally accept and respect each other’s space. As I watched them during the weekend, I wonder out loud: how do I handle people who are drastically different from me? With our varied views and philosophies how do I love and accept them? I have to admit I have a long way to go.
Finally the dogs learned to walk along each other without pulling me in two directions or tripping me with their leashes. After two days on the polar ends they eventually settled down to a life of peace and harmony. They realized that they are no longer the only dog under the roof.
“Finally, all of you, be Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. “( Ephesians 4:2-6)