Do You Have THIS In Common With Your Dog? Hint: It Might Surprise You!

February 13, 2014

Meet Milly

Our new puppy, Milly

Last week, we brought this adorable face home. Those sappy eyes and overall cuteness had us smitten at first sight. Upon seeing her for the first time, we just knew she was meant to be a part of our family.

Everybody, meet Milly. She’s our sweet-faced, night-cryin’, cuddle-lovin’, chewing-obsessed, pooping-machine!

Milly hanging under a tree, chewing on sticks. Yum.

Milly hanging under a tree, chewing on sticks. Yum.

 

Those eyes!

Those eyes!

All tuckered out from a day of play.

All tuckered out from a day of play.

Craig and I have been wanting to get a second dog to join our 4-year-old Ridgeback, Roxy, for awhile now. Roxy spends a lot of her days alone while we are at work. Plus, we don’t live near a dog park anymore so she rarely interacts with other dogs.

We were very excited to bring little Milly home last week with high hopes that Roxy would finally have a best friend to wrestle and run with all day long. We knew Roxy would need some time to adjust to this new bundle of energy. She’s not used to having someone else vying for our attention!

It was interesting to watch Roxy react to the new puppy. The day we brought Milly home, Roxy would have nothing to do with her. She’d prance away and keep her distance. If Milly got close, she’d snap and growl at her. She looked up at me with confused, scared eyes as if she were saying, What are you doing bringing this foreign creature into my domain? 

As time went on, Roxy slowly became more curious of Milly. She sniffed her and followed her around the yard. To my amusement, she even began to play with her!

Roxy slowly warming to Milly-pup.

Roxy slowly warming to Milly-pup.

Sharing a stick.

Sharing a stick.

Playtime!

Playtime!

After a few days of casual observation, I was reminded of a stark truth.

Change is difficult. 

Roxy’s first reaction to the change of a new puppy was denial. She didn’t want to even acknowledge Milly was in the room. But, when she could no longer avoid Milly’s presence, she’d growl and make a fuss. Very slowly, she became curious of Milly and cautiously approached her. And eventually, she started to have fun with her.

I realized there are similarities in how both my dog and I deal with change. 

Admittedly, I hate change. I try to fight it until it’s inevitable. Then, I usually complain that the change is too hard. Over time, I warm to the new idea and finally, I embrace it.

Accepting change is a process.

Watching Roxy deal with the change of a new puppy brought about a revelation. You see, the change maker (me!) had great intentions when bringing Milly home. I was actually doing all of this for Roxy. I wanted to give her a friend, a playmate, a companion.

If only I could have explained this to Roxy in dog-talk. But, I couldn’t. I just had to watch and wait patiently until Roxy decided she would accept the change.

Isn’t that kinda like us and God? He’s got all of these master plans for our lives. Oftentimes, we never fully understand the logic behind his plans or timing. We can’t reason it out or get a full explanation.

But, we can accept that He has a higher good in mind.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. ~Romans 8: 28

Trust that there is good interwoven into the changes you are experiencing. 

Family love

Family love

Do you find it difficult to adjust to change? Let me know in the comments!

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7 thoughts on “Do You Have THIS In Common With Your Dog? Hint: It Might Surprise You!

  1. Janinatiner@aol.com'Janina Tiner

    What adorable pics of Milly, Roxy, and family love!
    Change can be difficult to navigate because it is accompanied by uncertainty. In this age of internet and variety of digital media, most of us now experience a diminished capacity to tolerate uncertainty. We have become accustomed to satiate any questions or uncertainties with immediate answers. Of course, answers to real life and relationships are often not found on the internet and thus we are thrust into the realm of uncertainty. Truly knowing and believing that God is with us in the journey, trusting He has our back; this is what increases our capacity to tolerate uncertainty and navigate change with a peace that can surpass our own comprehension.

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  2. andersoncm80@gmail.com'Craig Anderson

    Thanks for the post SK. I love the pics. I find change difficult, however my faith in God and by following His path, I am able to accept the change and work through it.

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