|The Mystery within...|
This past week I’ve been drawn to what we all have in common, which paradoxically is our differences. My three-month-old Yellow Lab, Oliver, put me on this train of thought with his uniquely own personality. The breeder who brought us Oliver knew her puppies and wanted what was best for them. When I told her I hoped our dog would eventually become a Paw Pal volunteer, and accompany me on Hospice visits, she called the family who had already previously selected him, but had not yet taken him in. She knew the other prospective family had agility training plans and suggested we switch these last remaining puppies from a litter of nine. When we went to get Oliver he was the puppy content with being held while his brother trotted along the fence line until he found a spot where he could sneak under. Oliver, however, presents his own challenges like resisting his leash, and lying down on the sidewalk with a devilish look in his eyes that says, “Carry me.” At a little over 24 pounds now, that is not happening. And so Oliver is proving that on the flip side of our unique strength, also lays our weakness.