The repetitive throw, fetch, return, repeat process is almost constant.
But tonight Dutch stopped dead in her tracks. It was as if she saw a squirrel, the only thing that has the power to interrupt her game of fetch.
She loves to stare down a squirrel and wait and wait and wait and wait till it moves….
And so, I called her and used her favorite words to try to draw her back. Squirrel, ball, treat….
She didn’t move and yet I could not really see what had stopped her dead in her tracks.
I walked closer and noticed the hair on her back was raised…
I walked closer and realized she was in a frozen state, and I was not breaking her concentration at all…
I actually felt some fear rising in me, wondering what it was that she was going to go to battle with…
And with in moments there was a breeze, movement and Dutch pounced….
And just that quickly she wanted to play fetch again. After all she had just won the battle with a paper bag!
Now, I had to chuckle at the whole scene…
And then I got to thinking…..
Raising her hackles is a sign of aggression and/or fear. This doesn’t mean she is about to attack or anything, but shows that she is on the alert.
I know there are times that I stand paralyzed by the same fear….
Fear that is created by what I perceive as opposed to what is real….
I know there are times that I react to a tone or a comment because I am standing with hackles raised…
And there are even times I pounce and find that really what I feared is not what it appeared…and I chuckle to think how “alive” that paper bag must have looked to my dog Dutch!
I wonder if you know when you are standing with your hackles raised….
When you are in a situation when you are on alert, remember Dutch and the paper bag and see if a little humor might help lighten the moment up!