Well, this has been a little bit in the making. I've seen it coming, but just didn't want to admit it. Or actually, deal with it. But today as I was walking the girls, (God usually speaks to me on my walks with the dogs, or is it that I take the time to listen I think), about Sophie.
I've never been a "dog person". Although my Good Friend who is one, has said she thinks I always have been, I just didn't know it. She's probably right. Friends usually are, and She is a good one. I know God has used this dog to fill a place in my heart that was needed.
Sophie is always at my feet, on my lap, under my chair, by my side. She just wants to be near me, love me, and receive my love for her. This has been nice since my peeps are all teenagers,(one adult), and like I've said before, think they don't need me.
I understand this, and actually look at it as having done something right in their upbringing. But a mothers heart is still a mothers heart. I think if I were to put it into words I would have to say, our peeps are growing up faster than my heart can keep up with...
Sophie has helped in that adjustment, and I am grateful to God for that.
But like children, our dogs can be allowed to get out of control, and I am guilty of that.
My peeps not only don't enjoy Sophie, they don't care for her. That is my fault. I have turned my head in the other direction, made excuses, and even denied some of her behavior as being something that needed correction.
She is a wonderful dog. Smart, loving, wanting to please. She is for the most part, a well behaved dog. She just needs a little bit more correction now and then. And isn't it funny that I "got it" from none other than my own peeps. The ones that I purposely as they were growing up, corrected when needed, didn't make excuses for their behavior, didn't turn my head when they did something they really shouldn't.
And so I will talk to my peeps today, and tell them they were right. I have allowed Sophie to "get away with too much", and this will change. I certainly don't want to take a gift that I know was from God, and not take care of it for all of us to enjoy. And Sophie is certainly a gift.
Hugs from Maine