On Sunday, the Englishman had an appointment in the morning so he wasn’t able to take Duke on their daily walk. I was feeling a little lazy for a two mile trek, so I pulled on my wellies and off the pup and I went to the dog park.
Duke loves the dog park. We are so lucky to have one close by in our neighborhood, where Duke can run around to his heart’s content. There are balls to dig for, sticks to bring to mama, and squirrels to chase. But since Duke is still a puppy (only about four months old!), I only let him play when the park in empty.
Duke was having the time of his life antagonizing an unsuspecting chipmunk when I heard the telltale clanking of the dog park gates. I started calling for Duke and hooking his lead onto his collar when the woman arriving with her dogs called out to me.
I hadn’t met this woman before, but I had seen her gigantic Siberian huskies romping around the park. I was trying to get Duke out of the park as quickly and untraumatically as possible, but the woman stopped me and said we didn’t have to leave. She explained that she was a trainer, and her older dog was a trained therapy dog. She would keep the younger dog on the lead, and Duke could play with the older one.
Okay – so this was one of those awkward situations where someone is being really nice but you still want to run away as fast as you can. I smiled and still tried to shove Duke out the door, but to my amazement he started sniffing the dogs and wagging his tail. That settled it – he was going to play, and off he went. Duke and the husky frolicked for about twenty minutes in canine bliss.
Meanwhile, I stood to the side looking absolutely terrified. I never thought I would be a worry-wart kind of parent, but evidently I am. I kept calling Duke’s name and saying “its okay baby!” when he absolutely didn’t even notice I existed. The woman kindly said to me, “you know, its the energy you bring into it that makes the situation. If you are acting nervous, Duke isn’t going to have any fun.”
Somehow, this stuck with me – its the energy I bring to the situation. If I go into it nervous, scared, worried, sad, or negative, I’m not going to have any fun. And in this case, neither was Duke. I took a deep breath and let my puppy be a puppy, and he loved it. Then he ran through a pile of mud, so we went home for a bath.
But the words stuck with me a few days later – the energy I bring into a situation is what makes the situation. Its a good lesson for the new year: bring positivity into every situation, and you’ll have some fun.