Dogs and Coaches — and Cats?

Dog in a car in the Costco parking lot

Good Morning, God!

How long is it, God, that dogs have chosen to be our companions? A long, long time. Faithful friends. Surely a beneficial relationship for both dog and human.

I remember staying at a B&B in England that was sort of a working farm. The inside dog looked a lot like this dog. Beautifully groomed and cared for. The outside “working dog” was wet, dirty and clearly exhausted. Their worlds were totally separate.

Then, in Ireland we saw a shepherd “training” a young female border collie to round up and fetch the sheep. The young dog’s mother was there, too, and it was so clear to me that the mother KNEW she could do a much better job of teaching her daughter than the man was doing. He finally had to chain her up so he could continue without her help.

Apparently, aside from uppity mother border collies, dogs are leader dependent. This I have from the Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan. According to him, the master/owner has to be the Alpha Dog. If not, the dog will “fill the void” and end up neurotic or vicious. Hmm.

I understand that “packs” have leaders, God. But, it would seem that not all humans are “pack” animals. A group of men does seem to sort itself out as to who’s in charge. Thus the importance of coaches and hierarchies. But, we women, God, seem less inclined to be “pack” creatures.

Kit has a running coach and follows his coach’s weekly assignments to the mile. I had the same man as “coach” in 1997. It never occurred to me to take his “assignments” seriously! Looking back, I can see I didn’t have a “place” in my makeup for a “coach.” . . . Perhaps I’m part Cat?

Yet another way in which we humans differ. We do need YOUR HELP, God!

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