Their brother Luke will tell you that our beagle Cricket and golden retriever Sheba are tough girls. They don’t take any flack from their little brother.
It’s not just Luke that is learning how to be tough from his sisters. When we posted Sheba’s last tip for Living Life to the Fullest, our longtime reader and blog friend, Jan, who writes The Poodle and Dog Blog commented “I feel bad for anyone who doesn’t think they can learn a lot from a dog.” I’ve shared a lot about how amazing Sheba has been as she fights cancer, and how it barely slows her down. I was thinking about that comment even more the other morning when watching Cricket try to run out the door to follow her siblings in pursuit of maybe a chipmunk, or some mystery sight or smell that we mere humans never seem to see.
Since Cricket has been slowed down by the arthritis in her back knees, she can’t get around like she used to. But she doesn’t let it slow her down much. When she’s having a good day, she can run pretty well on flat ground in a straight line (and it’s so fun to watch the sheer joy of it), but if you add in a step as in what’s outside the door going to our patio, she has a little trouble. She stumbles on to her side when trying to maneuver that step. She gets back up. She stumbles again when trying to negotiate the small hill going into the yard, and then maybe once more when trying to turn to follow Luke. Each time she just gets back up. She doesn’t whine, she doesn’t cry, she just gets up and keeps going. She doesn’t hurt herself when this happens, and she’s not embarrassed. Heck, my hubby is right when he says that this bothers me far more than it bothers Cricket.
Here’s the other thing about her: playing ball was her favorite thing in the world, it was her obsession. Now she’s only able to chase the ball a few feet and even then only a very few times. She seems to mostly know her limitations, and she accepts this. When she’s had a few throws and knows it’s been enough, she just picks up her ball and goes into the house to find a comfy spot to lie down with it.
Yes, we can all learn a lot from that. The Dadz and I are aging ourselves and sometimes we find we can’t do things we used to (or it just hurts more!), and trust me, we don’t take it that well. Heck, if I tried to run across the yard and fell down, I’d probably just sit there and cry, not just because of possible pain, but mostly in sheer frustration. Yes, you can learn a lot from a dog, and I’m learning new things every days with my girls as they age. Life can be tough, but when it knocks you over, you need to just pick yourself up and carry on.
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