Lessons Learned from a Little Stray Dog

Several days ago this little stray dog showed up around my job. He was scared and timid and obviously starving. I wanted to pick him up and love on him, but there was no way to get close enough. So began the journey to get the little guy to trust me. It seemed that for each tiny step forward there would be a slight step backwards. In this process I was reminded of a few key things about life.

Lesson 1: reminder that trust is earned and it is earned at the pace of the being who is giving the trust. It cannot be forced. Each person or animal we create trust with has their own past that we don’t really understand because we haven’t lived it. That past impacts how they view everything. All we can do is love them, show we care, and keep trying. It’s sweet to earn trust, but there is such a sweeter feel when you realize that the trust was hard to give and took a lot of work from the one giving it as well.

Lesson 2: the support of those who love you can make times you are anxious a bit easier. Knowing that others believe in you and are ready to remind you of that can alleviate the stress we feel when we’re trying so hard and it seems like things aren’t going the way we hoped they would.

Lesson 3: sometimes we just need someone else to show us they care, to give us hope, to make sure we know we are loved. This goes for humans and animals.

Lesson 4: be grateful for the little things. Food, water, shelter… And for anyone who loves us even when we’re a bit difficult to get close to.

The pup has a new home and is resting in a warm place with plenty of food and affection. I’ve got a wonderful reminder of the good things in my life. Gratitude for my mom who helped me with the pup, for my favorite speedster who kept encouraging me and believed I could get this pup to trust me, and my friends who helped with food and the ones who took him in.

It’s a Monday and right now I’ll fall asleep with joy and serenity. A sweet little pup has a home! I’ve got my fur babies next to me and the care of some awesome people that is wrapped around me. Invisible yet mighty.

Much love!

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