Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Changing Our Nature...Lessons From a Dog

I'm afraid that Psycho Dog has either truly lived up to her name, or we need to change it to Multiple Personality Dog...but that's too long...Psycho Dog sort of fits her.

Foxy had a rap sheet at a very early age
As I mentioned in a previous blog, we needed to remove Foxy from our home for various reasons that I won't bother to bore you with. She is currently residing in a "semi-foster" home. The trainer has graciously agreed to let Foxy stay with her while Lucy (aka Normal Dog) recovers from surgery. Both the trainer and I have been reaching out to various places in hopes that someone will take Foxy. 

When I asked the trainer if she would be willing to let Foxy stay another week, so that Lucy can further recover without the stress of having Foxy around, her response was not quite what we expected. She suggested that Foxy stay with her for the "foreseeable future" (translation in my head: forever). She is reaching out to rescue organizations and the many contacts she has, but she is presenting Foxy as a different dog. Apparently, she is a different dog with the trainer...a very different dog who is affectionate and not at all aggressive! In fact, she went on to tell us, she brought Foxy to the groomer with her and by the end of the time there, Foxy was kissing the groomer! Say whaaaat???

So, the little sly Fox is playing it this way, huh? She acts all sweet and kind in hopes of gaining love and approval. But at home, she is a tyrant, a terror, a tornado! In a way, it made me sad to think that this dog is capable of acting this way and we have no knowledge of her other life. Is the family dynamic such that we just can't stand each other? Is she that unhappy? Is it that she and I are just going through our lives tolerating one another and would be better off without each other? I don't know. I'm still somewhat baffled! 

Don't we do the same thing? We act one way around our family and close friends---that's our true nature...and another way around strangers, acquaintances, co-workers, hope-to-be-friends. We want their love and approval so we put on a good act of who we want to be. Maybe the way Foxy is acting is the way she really wants to be, but we just bring out the worst in her. Maybe the way we act around hopeful friends and strangers is the way we really want to be; maybe it really is our true nature and the one at home is the one that comes out when we're unhappy or comfortable with those we know will love us anyway. Maybe the facade we are presenting isn't phony...maybe it's who we are capable of being!

There is hope for Foxy and there is hope for us! Maybe Foxy's been reading my bible when she sneaks out of the bedroom at night...maybe she is learning to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness (Eph 4:22-24). 

We need to find our true selves. When we do, we need to take an inventory of who we are; we need to put off the old nature and put on the nature of Christ. Not easy, but apparently, it's so simple, even a dog can do it.

Blessings Along the Path,
Mary

Song of the Day
It's a Dog's Life (Mick Dunne)--Guess I'm a day too late with the Irish choice...

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