This is Missy, our Border Collie Brittany/Spaniel Mix. Isn’t she a darling?
Butter would not melt in her mouth and there isn’t a bad bone in her body — is what they’ve promised us at the animal welfare center. 😉
But don’t you be fooled by that picture! Sometimes she transforms into…
Missy the Monster!
Her barking will make you cringe. She’ll hear something — anything — and she’ll bark like crazy. Oh, that can really get on my nerves sometimes. Why can’t she just keep her little mouth shut then?
God has a plan and purpose for our lives, I know. Still, I wonder why on earth He’s brought Missy into my life. Could she really be part of the plan? Sometimes it takes so much effort to stay calm while training her. Other times I want to give up on teaching her certain things because I think She’ll never get it! It would be so much easier if she would …
One of my problems is that, too often, I’ll compare her to Rapsy. 😦 He is a very different kind of dog with a totally different kind of nature, though. Another problem is that by doing that I’ll treat her like Rapsy and I’ll expect her to behave like him. They are both dogs. I’m “speaking” the same language to them but one will understand whole sentences while the other needs precise, short commands to do what she has been told. Each one of them is a unique, special dog — according to its breed, age and given gifts.
Here is a good example:
Missy (left) will not focus on the object but will keep her eyes on me until I’ll say: “Okay!” Rapsy, on the other hand, will concentrate on the object until I’ll give him the okay or tell him to do something else.
It is so much easier
since she is … since I’m focusing on her needs and no longer on what I want her to be like. This is something I choose to do, meaning, I’ll have to remind myself daily to know and treat her like Missy and not like Rapsy and not like the dog I wished she would be.
By the way, there is a lovely little book out there called Lessons from a Sheep Dog by Phillip Keller you might enjoy reading this summer.
EDIT/Follow up: Getting Along With Others — Part Two