Kathleen Helms

The World Through the Eyes of a Puppy

Sometimes what seems like a small life change leads to such a greater awareness of ourselves and the world around us. 

Our family has always had pets; dogs, cats, goats, and chickens have called our house their home over the years.

When one is raising children, the addition of another living creature doesn’t seem to add that much to the mix. The family is already moving full steam ahead and the new life (dog, cat, etc) just has to ft in and go with the flow. It is different when one is an empty nester with an elderly parent living in the home.

Brett and I made the choice to adopt a nine week old puppy in July. Brett and I made the choice to adopt a nine week old puppy in July.

Bella is a Rottweiller/Great Pyrenees mix who has brought much joy (and mayhem) into our household. With no children to distract her and an 8-year-old Rottweiler who is patient but not too interested in raising a puppy, it has fallen to Brett and I to manage her transition into the household.

Rottie
Gage 🐶

One thing I had forgotten about was those puppy teeth. Anything is fair game, and Bella has chewed her way through plenty of items already.

We spend a good deal of each day working on training. Bella is going to be about 100 pounds, so commands and her willingness to follow them are important for a variety of reasons; her safety and ours being paramount among them.

As I watched her chase a butterfly through the field this morning, I found myself thinking about the life of a puppy.

They are young and curious for such a short period of time. While training is important, I thought about what she sees each day as the world opens up in front of her. Life is such a joy and an adventure for her.

Here are a few takeaways from watching her play.

  1. Smell (or eat) a flower!
  2. Enjoy the flight of a butterfly (or bee, or fly, or moth) and give chase if itfeels good.
  3. Laugh (bark) out loud. Life is fun!
  4. Take a nap. Drop whenever you are tired and rest those eyes.
  5. Kiss (nibble, lick, tackle) your favorite people. Express your love!

I’m going to try to keep these lessons close at hand. Life is too short not to appreciate all the beauty and love it has to offer.

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