|BENJAMIN THE CAVALIER|
Benjamin, the Cavalier, is a one of a kind ruby coloured spaniel. I believe he is gifted, but then I am most likely prejudiced given that I am his 'human'. What I however can claim with great conviction is that he is an enthusiastic, all-in, kind of dog. He has no desire or tolerance for half measures.
He also periodically suffers from separation anxiety. When this happens it doesn't manifest as slight or mild, it shows up as a massive, 'if you leave me now, I won't survive', meltdown. He completely abandons any shred of dignity and drags his heart across the floor. (And yes, this does normally have the desired effect on me). However, this week he had one of these gargantuan 'don't leave me' moments as I was heading to work and not able to abort my mission.
When this happens he usually charges to a side gate from which he can fling himself around and howl loudly in full view of his departing and now somewhat distraught, 'mother'. As I mentioned, he's a smart dog and he knows that even if I can't stay and change my plans, I will stop and try to pacify him. Which in this instance, I duly attempted to do.
This time though, I made the grave mistake of walking up to the gate to try and 'reason' with him. He was ready for me ....
The minute I reached the gate, his little paws shot through the small opening in the gate and grabbed my hand. Even though dog paws don't really have the physical ability to clutch and hold, in Benjamin's frantic state, he not only gripped tightly but also attempted to pull me through the gate.
Now whilst I was hugely flattered that he thought I would fit through the ten centimetre gap in the gate, I was completely taken aback by the force and speed with which he executed this manoeuvre. I think he truly believed that by putting in enough effort, he would succeed.
Sadly for him, and despite his best efforts, I couldn't fit through the gate and I had to get going and attend to some looming deadlines. To his credit though, the grande commotion did garner up some sympathy from our housekeeper and so he was ultimately content to abandon this mission and surrender to some pampering from his beloved Mapule.
That's pretty much where this story ends, except for this one thought I've been having subsequent to Benjamin's attempt at holding me hostage .......
|BENJAMIN BEING CAVALIER|
This new chapter in my life, despite being really challenging, is allowing me to take stock of my life, re-evaluate my priorities, recalibrate and refocus on those things that really matter to me. (Benjamin is one of those priorities! And yes, perhaps he also needs a some help and little therapy!)