Thursday, April 15, 2010

Passion Party #196 - Commitment

Having a dog as a pet teaches you Unconditional Love.
A good dog is wonderful that way.
You can ignore the dog, forget to feed her, even treat her bad,
and the next day she will still come over to you to be petted and walked,
and will love you unconditionally, no matter what kind of mood you are in.

From the human side, however, a dog takes commitment.
There were times early on when we were ready to give Mercedes away.
She was too yappy, with a piercing high-pitched bark. She attacked anyone that came to the door, she kept jumping on the furniture, scratching things.

We finally hired a dog trainer, to try to "fix her".
What we learned from the trainer was that Mercedes was just doing her "job", and we were the ones that needed training.
We could change her bark surgically, but rather than stop her from her mad attack when someone came to the door, we needed to acknowledge that she was "protecting" us, and give her a pat, and then show her the person was our friend.
Mercedes had to train us.
And that is where commitment comes in.
Even with unconditional love, it works best if it is a two-way street.

Going for walks
stopping to say hello
two meals a day
acknowledging when you do something right.
It is a small commitment to make
when the return is Unconditional Love.

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