Thursday, June 3, 2010

A Dog’s Life? Not Quite

Medical days powerfully reconnect me to earthly realities; they produce stress. I note here that stress, at any rate, is a pretty constant accompaniment throughout adult life, but it is then mild enough so that we become accustomed to it except in times of transition, thus on awakening and, getting ready to go to work, on resuming the burdens of the day. In retirement most of that stress is removed, but medical days bring it back into focus. And it’s not just people who live in stress. I observe the same thing when I watch birds or squirrels or dogs, too, for that matter. Always alert, always awaiting the next damned thing—or powerfully drawn to the next something desirable. And, when stress disappears, going to sleep. Dogs are very good at that. They belong to the leisure class...

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  1. "Dogs are very good at that. They belong tot he leisure class."

    How true that is. Dogs might be seen as extremists really. They're either all in (hyper and active, totally alert) or out of it (asleep).

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  2. Dogs and cats don't like their medical days either! Our chief pediatrician arived late at our last demonstration because she had had to take her cat to the vet. I asked when one started to do that - now that we have Jerry... She gave me an answer then said "He always knows we're going. I don't know how! We go to the country most weekends and he gets into his carrier no problem but he always fights and hides when it comes to going to the vet..." "They read minds!" I said, "And they don't like doctors..." She gave me a sideways glance...

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  3. I keep plugging the book, Dogs Who Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home. Copy at the house, Michelle, so you can read it ahead of your next encounter with the pediatrician. The may only have two modes, Monique, (on or off) but when they're on, they know more than we do...

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