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Dog Sense; Priceless!

Updated on May 9, 2019
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I love pets and I am astounded at their native intelligence. Sometimes they can teach us a thing or two!

Today a Dog Taught Me Something

Some days, you just do not know what will happen. Some days just make you smile. One such day was when I learned something from a dog!

We were out for a walk. Me, my guy and his dog. I was in a bread making phase; I wanted to make some bread. It was a great excuse to go out enjoy the sunshine while we walked the dog to the neighborhood grocery store.

While on our walk, which we, incidentally “have to do” anyway, because the dog insists, we plan to combine our exercise with dog-walking and shopping for flour. It is great to multitask!


An Excitable Dog...

In no time we had reached the store. We did not want to leave the dog unattended, so I was designated to sit with him at the bench outside the grocery store, while my partner went in for the flour.

Wally is a lovable dog but rowdy when excited and needs to be supervised. Not everyone enjoys his sheer exuberance! Some are even frightened by the combination of his size and his "live in the moment" jubilation. He can knock a little old lady over without much effort. He doesn't mean to; he just does not realize he is too powerful. I have the bruises to show for the times I have been caught unaware as he nuzzles me into a heap on the floor.

As I approach the bench, I observe a physically disabled man sitting on one of the three benches.He is hunched over his walker not making eye contact; either resting or just sitting and enjoying the fresh air. It is difficult to tell the extent of his disability.

Wally would like to approach but I do not want to disturb the man. Wally is a Chocolate Labrador Retriever. .. I like to think he is definitely a people dog. If you say hello, he does a happy dance! Did I mention he is also very slobbery?


Wally as he is now...older and even wiser!
Wally as he is now...older and even wiser! | Source

The Day Brightens Immeasurably!


I steer clear of the disabled man. I sit on the middle bench to the right of him and well away from the bicycle racks on the other side so the dog wouldn’t slobber any disembarking bicyclists in his friendly sloppy manner.

Well, of course, the dog always gets attention and the next bicyclist that parks his bike greets the dog and gets a boisterous response. That done, I am relieved the dog behaves reasonably well and then sits at my feet. I glance over at the handicapped man and he is studying the ground with a scowl on his face. I hope the dog isn’t annoying him and tighten the leash ever so slightly.

After awhile, I relax and so does the dog. We settle back; do some people watching and I scratch behind the dog's ear. The time passes quickly.

Before long, our shopper appears with a ten pound bag of flour… okay, what if I lose my interest in bread making ? Maybe, he wants me to bake him a whole lot more than I intended! Oh well…we start to set off to cross the street.

Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, I see a "brown blur" head for the disabled man, my companion instinctively pulls on the leash yanking his dog away. Then out of the corner of my eye I see something else…the disabled man is reaching out to pet the dog with a huge smile on his face!

“Just a minute," I quickly nudge my companion. My guy looks at me...? “Wally wants to say Hello”, I say nodding my head toward the disabled man. My guy eases the leash and Wally goes and does his “happy dance” for the smiling man.

Then there is another huge smile, this time for me. I am dazzled by the eyes, the face and the smile. I glimpse a charming, beautiful person and realize, it would have been okay to let the dog approach him after all.

That smile made my day, brightening a dull fall day… all because a dog decided to reach out! So go hug your dog already…sometimes they just know. what to do. Wally reached out and touched someone who needed the contact. He knew better than we did.

Dog wisdom! Priceless!

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    Maggie Griess 

    6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Phyllis Doyle Thank you for your comment. Made MY day! :)

    JayeWisdom It made me feel good as well, but the credit goes to that beautiful dog! :)

    moonlake Thanks so much. It was an awesome moment!

    PegCole17 Isn't that the truth...I almost had tears in my eyes to see that smile, definitely a lump in my throat. Trust a dog to connect where humans are so fallible! :)

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    Phyllis Doyle Burns 

    6 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

    How precious is that? Thank you so much for bringing a smile to brighten my day and for sharing this very touching story. What a dog!

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    Jaye Denman 

    6 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Dogs rock! We can trust them to spread love around. I'm glad moonlake shared this story because it made me feel good.

    Voted Up++

    Jaye

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    moonlake 

    6 years ago from America

    This is 2 years old but it is still a great story. What a beautiful dog. Voted up, shared and pinned.

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    Peg Cole 

    6 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

    This was awesome. You have described exactly what my big Tony (black Lab) would have done - the happy dance, the reaching out and giving attention to those who need it. What a beautifully told story. Thank you.

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    Maggie Griess 

    6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Thank you CraftytotheCore glad you liked it. I always think pets have good sense of human emotions!

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    CraftytotheCore 

    6 years ago

    Awesome story Scribenet!

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    Maggie Griess 

    8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi Lisa! Just observing animals, I am often touched at how they are so intuitive. We were so "off base" thinking the dog would be a nuisance, when, in fact, his touch was so very appreciated! The end result was smiles all around for all of us!

    Thank you for your comments! Cheers!

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    Liz Rayen 

    8 years ago from California

    What a great story! Very touching!

    My dalmation "Bridgette" aka "Polka Dot Butt" does the *Happy Dance* all the time! She also will do the "Butt" dance when she needs a good scratching! I love the way they communicate with us! If only we could learn from their behavior.

    Blessings

    Lisa~ Rustic Living

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    Maggie Griess 

    8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi B.Malin! You are so right...those moments are unforgettable! I can still see that gorgeous smile and that radiant face. We all connected and shared a blissful

    moment where we were just people enjoying the dog's "happy dance". It was definitely a gift...for us all!

    Thank you for stopping by!

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    b. Malin 

    8 years ago

    I'm Smiling from this Delightful story Scribenet, and the sheer Happiness "Wally" was able to give this Man...If just for those few moments, he was able to forgot his aliments. Don't you just love those moments. Thanks for Sharing.

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    Maggie Griess 

    8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi Tina, It was one of those lovely moments that was priceless. The man's smile was one of the most radiant, heartwarming ones I have experienced in a long while and I was just as happy as the dog to be on the receiving end! Thanks for commenting. Cheers! Maggie

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    Christina Lornemark 

    8 years ago from Sweden

    Dogs are wise! Some of us can't help but smiling when a dog starts a happy dance!

    Thanks for sharing this moment! I enjoyed reading and sits here with a silly smile!

    Tina

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    Maggie Griess 

    8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Thank you Susan and drbj! It was such a sweet moment.One of those memorable incidents in an otherwise dull day! Thought it needed sharing! Thanks for commenting!

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    drbj and sherry 

    8 years ago from south Florida

    What a sweet story - made me smile . . . all over. Thank you.

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    Susan Zutautas 

    8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Nice story, thanks for sharing this. It added some sunshine to my day.

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