Rich dog

There’s a new beagle in town. Now, Cooper is happily breed neutral and likes to meet all sorts of types of dogs, but he does love to particularly bond with a fellow beagle. And this particular beagle seems to be somewhat special. There has been a murmur on the street that Guy is royalty.

As Cooper muses how it might be just wonderful to have multiple servants bring him a constant service throughout the day of delicious sausages in gold plated bowls, he wonders how his luck has landed on this side of the coin. He only gets the very occasional sausage!

Rich dog

Do some dogs just have a wonderful charmed life? But maybe that’s not the whole story…

It’s no fun being in an animal shelter. Guy the beagle is a truly affectionate sort and these metal bars keep him from snuggling up to those many humans who walk past. He wags his tail at them but no one seems to want to interact.

All these disappointments fade away when That Day arrives. A smiling dark-haired girl stares through the bars at him. He wags hopefully; she seems lovely. She grins more broadly and puts her hand tentatively through the bars to stroke him. He blissfully closes his eyes and revels in having his fur stroked. It’s been so long.

From that day onwards his life is a whirlwind. He soon forgets about his experience at the shelter and settles into a life of being loved and loving hard back. There is delicious food, lots of playtime and another dog to play with. Happiness is his whole world.

Then there’s packing boxes everywhere (ideal to poke his nose into) and a constant flurry of activity of comings and goings. Some mysterious tablet and then a hazy journey in a cozy crate which feels like an age. And then the trip is over… he sniffs new air. Something fresh and different. Cooler but somehow tingling and welcoming. More bumps and movement; he peers out wondering where this adventure is taking him. His cheery owner idly strokes him and whispers excitedly into his fur. He wags to show he understands what she is saying, but he doesn’t. However, he’s happy to go along with whatever is going on. It seems like a new beginning.

What can you learn from your dog?
When we meet people, we see who they are today. We don’t see the hardships and journey they have made to get there and we can make, sometimes maybe negative, assumptions about them. Maybe we are a bit jealous or disgruntled at our lot. That’s okay. But there’s space in the world for everyone to do well, we just need to take our own journey to get there.

Keep in contact

Cooper is a friendly chap. He’s always happy to meet new dogs, get to know them in that brief circling moment of sniffing and perhaps engage in a quick run or wrestle. Disappointingly, he is often pulled away by his lead in what feels like a split second later. However, he then saves this new buddy’s information into his internal rolodex of smells so he will remember them next time.

Keep in contactAhhhh, but when is the next time? Life gets busy. His never ending quest to investigate bushes and pavements takes up a lot of his time. And, of course, napping is a time consuming hobby as well as all the thinking time taken up by wondering when his next mealtime is. It’s not that he doesn’t want to keep in contact with friends, he just has so many other things going on as well. But he does know it’s important to try. Luckily for Cooper he has the Pee Social Network. It’s not a glamorous way of keeping in touch – oh no not at all – but Cooper has always been a down to earth sorta guy. This useful Social Network allows him and all his friends to keep up to date with each other – how handy. There are specific areas around where he lives where dogs check in to pee against. We are talking corners of walls, lovely birch trees, a small patch of brown grass and, of course, the classic fire hydrant was, he thinks, specifically made for this activity. He and his friends can catch up with who has been there before, taking in a good whiff of the area, and then add their own contribution, ensuring the conversation continues.

What can you learn from your dog?

Social networking is a great way to drop in on people that you can’t see face to face as often as you would like. We can share our lives with our friends with pictures and updates and keep the momentum going in our relationships. Then, when we do meet up with them, in between our hectic jobs and busy family lives, we have remained connected to them.

It’s not a waste of time to engage with people you love on Facebook or Instagram; this is how we connect when we have distance between us, and isn’t it wonderful that we can?