As many of you know, for the past few weeks, my family and I have been living in my brother-in-law’s basement until we can find a house to buy. Last night, as I left the driveway to take my dog, Bisbee, for her evening walk, my in-law’s 120lb horse-dog, Jack, ran up the driveway to go too.
When I have a walking partner, I don’t hesitate taking him for a walk too. However last night it was just me. I was hoping to sneak off up the the road without horse-dog seeing us leave. I’m a sensitive pet owner and I hate hurting the feelings of other dogs. Heck, I would take every dog in the neighborhood with me for a nightly stroll if I had the hands to do it.
Anyway, horse-dog has an invisible electrical fence that keeps him contained. But last night, without hesitation, horse-dog bounded joyfully through the barrier as if it didn’t even exist.
I ran back to the house to grab his leash and then ran over to the neighbor’s house where horse-dog was making friends with the UPS driver who was delivering a package.
After the collection, Bisbee and I, along with horse-dog, headed down the road to see what we could find to sniff. My reasoning was this: Any dog who is willing to endure a brief moment of pain to find freedom and joy should get a walk too. So we walked…or rather horse-dog pulled me along…tail in the air, nose to the ground.
As we journeyed along, I thought about Jack’s decision to face the pain for the joy he saw waiting on the other side. It was worth it, don’t you think? Jack’s decision reminded me again today that life is often very similar. Sometimes we must choose to go through the hard too. Because, just like Jack, we know what waits for us.