I Think She Said... Dinner!

Quinn Blackburn

Bethel Park, United States

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Learning a new language can be challenging, but learning to speak, and listen, to All Our Relations is always well worth the effort! Here are two of our Rogue’s pups well before they grew into their ears. By the look in his eyes Lugh, on the right, is fairly certain he knows this word, and Tisha’s echoing grin is equally confident, even if she couldn’t get both ears to stand at attention yet. :)

These two will be three years old in March, and are long past this loppy puppy stage, although they are still pups at heart. Our animals cousins are amazingly therapeutic, sometimes in quite surprising ways. There are special programs available where people of vastly varying needs can receive therapy from dolphins (http://www.islanddolphincare.org/) , horses (http://www.taoofequus.com/) , and dogs (http://www.earthlifeinstitute.eu/newfoundland.html) … and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see other such specialized therapy services develop!

A great many people, myselfe included, find less focused and aware therapy through their relationships with their pets. Communication flows both ways in my relationship with my dogs, although our success rate isn’t anywhere near perfect :) Their needs are fairly simple, and if they are asking for something, I can usually interpret their desire… even if I don’t choose to indulge it! There is no doubt that dogs learn certain human words while living with us too…. dinner, hungry, eat, food, cookie, water… Dogs just love food words! But “park” and “love” are high on their list too.

Yes, all the important words are covered. Each time I come home and settle down with my warm skirt of contented hounds, I look at their dreaming faces. I think of all the love, care, and therapy all three have given me over our years together, and can’t help wondering… what is it about loving me that seems to give you such therapy in return? Ahhhh, it’s a Dog’s life! :)

“In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.” ~Edward Hoagland

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