this dog is watching his friends take off to chase small creatures in the woods. he seemed so patient but watched intently. i think sometimes we give so much credence and respect to people and animals that overcome extreme physical challenges. we look at them and see the apparently obvious disadvantage and think, yes there is a person/creature who was worthy enough to rise above it. and we also do this for those that are apparently obviously mentally challenged. we can recognize and appreciate how much they surpassed expectations because of their constant striving. these examples give us hope for what it is possible to overcome.
but for some reason, we don’t do this as readily for someone who has emotional challenges and spiritual mountains to climb. we see that a person is struggling and weak and sometimes the most basic things become overwhelming and too much. things may have happened and it is no different than getting hit by a truck except it was your soul or your emotions that took the hit. maybe the depth and subtlety of what that person was meant to learn was the major point of that life - to develop in inner ways that can’t be assessed or quanitified on the outside. and so suddenly the fact that you can now function well enough in your invisible psychological wheelchair while you watch your friends chase life with much more ease, well, maybe you did accomplish far more than they ever will. and what an achievement if you have the patience to understand your situation while still striving to get to new levels. the miracle is that you have the heart to keep going. and you have the strength to be the only one to know exactly how much you’ve accomplished without a single pat on the back or a “way to go champ!”.
sending out a pat on the back to those kind of champs today. xo
this makes me happy :)
reasons why i’m a dog person #203
it takes real personal progress and strength to allow yourself to be simultaneously vulnerable while striving to be as strong and positive as possible.
Happy easter my lovely bunnies!! sending out lots of sugar and spice and everything nice.
(photo by emily hoyer)
the dog is smaller than the chickens. and the kid is holding a lizard. it’s funny the odd things you notice when you really pay attention.
also, this is how many rural people separate grain from husks in Asia. the wind blows the husks away.
these two little boys saw me taking the picture and said “awww, he’s so nice.” and then they took a step closer and the dog went ballistic and they nearly jumped out of their skin. it was such a cute moment.
btw, you can see how i had to buy this box with the Frenchie on it. it didn’t matter if the box was full of rocks. the perfectness of that package is art.
I want to bite this juicy little French dog. Because he is so cute minding his own business and exploring Nice like me.
i’ve been mulling over a theory for the past couple of weeks. it may exist already but i haven’t heard of it.
i can’t remember what i was doing at the moment but i remember feeling frustrated with myself because of my innate nature. why do i have to question everything? why don’t i just learn to comply with the rules? why can’t my mind just be dumb/docile and easy? i mean really, who the hell am i to bow to no one? and then the image of a young alpha dog popped into my head. an alpha dog is born that way. it is in it’s nature not to be… i don’t know… naturally compliant. you can see it in puppies that you try to turn them over on their back to get them to submit to you and they struggle and fight and just can’t give in until they are half dead with exhaustion. it’s so hard on their psyche to be unwillingly dominated. other puppies will melt like jello in your hand after a few seconds. that is in their nature. and they are generally happier. they want an alpha to follow. they are the “Good boy’s!” and “Good Girls!”. they’re easier to love. damn. i can’t shake this frustrated feeling that i am just like an alpha dog. i’m pretty sure most of the dogs in the pound are alphas. maybe half of the ganstas in prison too. when the alpha’s dignity is taken away to an extreme, they will become vicious and feral. which also proves that just being an alpha is not enough for leadership. an immoral alpha is likely a toxic menace. the trait, left uncultured and ignorant, is dangerous.
i think people are born with the alpha or not mentality. i mean i know that primates have a natural sense of hierarchy, but this is more than leader vs follower. this is just… is it an inordinate sense of dignity? that no one unworthy can suppress you? that you would rather die than submit to your lessers or mediocrity?
anyways, i am tired of being so internally alpha. i just want to give in but it is not in my nature. you can walk me and you can cage me and you can force rules on me, but it only works if i choose to submit. otherwise i am always fighting back, however subtly, which means you’re not really in charge like you think you are. sometimes i just want a clearly and undeniably superior alpha to give me a break and take charge. i want to curl up in a cosy ball and know i don’t have to worry. that the alpha is taking care of things. but it’s not in my nature. i take care of things. damn.
btw. funny enough, i don’t think most politicians are alphas. that’s why things are the way they are. perhaps thats how they get where they get. they aren’t in it to be noble leaders. just to have power. i don’t know.
Loyal dog attends mass every day at church where owner’s funeral was held, waiting for her to return.
Awwww doggyyyyyy!!!!! Tommy!!!!! Good boy!!!!!
omg is this dog even real?
omg what happened to my Tumblr fast?
quit distracting me Tumblr!
bye for now ;)
just say no to evil and darkness and all yucky things
no! no! no!
awwww yisssss. this is The Notorious P.U.G.
light of my life, fire of my heart
be a good doggy, do what i want….
oh god, i almost forgot to share this! today i saw a new show out now called National Geographic Wild: Unlikely Animal Friends. i was sooooooo excited and happy about it! you know what i’m like when it comes to interspecies love! happpppppy! you have to watch it! well you don’t have to but you know what i mean. :)!