Don’t you hate those episodes when you momentarily lose all mental rationality over something you think important, clucking amok like a chicken running in circles with feathers on fire, only to realize too late that you are totally misunderstanding the simplest of things?
Oh, don’t say it’s never happened to you. Admit it, you most certainly have unnecessarily freaked out at least once so far in your life, and it’s a safe bet that it will happen again at least once more before your life is over.
Even dogs do it, so we’re all in good company.
Cases in point.
- The dog thinks you’re taking him to the vet. You’re really going to the dog park.
- While the tub is filling up with water, you walk out of the bathroom looking for your robe. The dog runs away and hides because he thinks you’re looking for him.
- It’s time to wash your dog’s toys (‘cause they need it!). He thinks he’s never going to see them again. Ever. And. I. Mean…Ever.
- You leave your dog home alone for a few errands. You’ll be right back. Problem is that he can’t tell time. You’ve been gone so long. Thirty minutes is the equivalent of eight whole days from your dog’s point of view. He has no choice but to panic and take it out on the trash can. And the blinds. And the cushions. And your favorite new sweater that smells just like you. He only comes back to reasonability when he hears your car in the drive and then the sound of the door opening. “Oh there you are. Have you been gone? What mess?”
Ever think that your spouse is turning to drive the wrong way on a one-way street, but in actuality, it’s all cool? That quick second when you put on the imaginary brakes for him or her from your side of the vehicle, bolt forward in your seat and start to yell, “NO! Don’t go that way!”, then sit back calmly and quietly as you realize, “Oh. Yeah. Go that way.” Yeah, that kind of jolted rush and then sudden realization-turned-embarrassment is what I’m talking about.
I’m sure that we could all share stories just like these about ourselves and our dogs. And that just happens to be part of the saving grace of it all. Once it occurs, you can hopefully laugh at yourself and enjoy the ribbing that you’re getting from family and friends who have witnessed your freakish outbreak against sensibility.
Take it from an expert who is also the former owner of a dog who was expert. It’s easy to misunderstand, not hear right, not see clearly, jump to conclusions and such. It’s also easy to apologize, correct yourself in speaking, redirect, get back in the groove, and to just laugh it off. After you’ve gotten past the “But, but! What, what? No, no! Wait, wait!” part, just move quickly to the “Oh, never mind” portion, and carry on. There is no need to run to the nearest exit or to don a disguise. You’ve already made yourself well-known.
Feel free to comment and share your favorite “But, But!” stories. I’d love to hear them. You know…so I don’t feel all alone.
Enjoy and God bless.
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