Patience

 

Annabelle Kansas

Who’s training who?

We’re on week-four with the new addition to the family: Hunt’em Up Annabelle Kansas (Belle for short).  The story of finding her is as fun as her name.  A business trip to Kansas with a healthy dose of serendipity, a kindred-spirit, and four adorable pups to choose from are the main ingredients to this little story.  After multiple calls to United to ensure I could carry Belle on as “luggage,” two flight segments from Wichita through Denver to Sacramento, and several smitten flight attendants we arrived late into Redding at the curiosity of my other two dogs, Sam and Eli. I’m not gonna lie, in the middle of it all I said to myself, “Carter, you’re either crazy or brilliant.”  The jury is out on that larger question; but as for Belle, I’d do it again.

Every pet teaches you something about yourself; Belle is no exception.  Just last week, I was watching a training video for birddogs and at one point the trainer said, “Remember patience is key the time that it takes for your puppy to learn something new is simply that, the time that it takes.  There was no attitude of “hurry up and get it done.”  No anxious focus on efficiency.  No belief that your puppy is some computer program void of life, uniqueness, and individuality.  On the contrary, there was a deep centeredness, a non-anxious presence if you will, and a commitment to a developmental process that was rooted in respect, dignity, and care.

Who’s training who?

“Remember … patience is key … the time that it takes for you to learn something new is simply that, the time that it takes.”

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Patience

  1. I love the last sentence. I am so anxious to learn whatever it is that I am striving for that I forget the journey of the experience. Thanks for the reminder

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