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(#40) Extending A Paw

Humans spend a lot of time tapping their fingers on little keys or moving their hands across lit screens. Lots. Of. Time.  I guess they like doing that or they have to do it or they just can’t help themselves. At times I think they need a break.

Like the other day in our office. (Well, Steve’s office.) He had been hammering on those keys for a long time, and I think it got to him.  We were by ourselves. At first I heard him say a few words quietly to himself. Then a few more—with more volume. He seemed to be banging on the keys faster and harder. And speaking louder. Like he was woofing at himself. I could sense that he was agitated. At other times when he has seemed a bit stressed, I have stood beside his chair and placed my head on his leg. He stops banging on those little keys, looks down at me, and smiles. I can see and sense that he has taken a breath.  (I know how to use these eyes for good. IMHCO.)

Photo by Steve Piscitelli ©2020

But on this particular day I felt he needed more. I sat next to him and extended my paw to rest on his leg. That must’ve worked like a belly rub does for me. He stopped, turned, and gave me a hug. And then we went for a walk.

Extending a paw to my partner.

Extending a paw. Sometimes that’s all it takes to help someone through a trying time. No woofing required. What friends do for friends. Family for family.

Who can you comfort today?


Thank you for sharing my blog with your friends.

In my new book, Roxie Looks for Purpose Beyond the Biscuit, I share stories and lessons about friends, family, and fun. And I speak about purpose as well.  (Steve says for dogs we might just want to call it “furpose.” He makes words up, I think.) Perhaps the book holds a biscuit or two for you!







4 thoughts on “(#40) Extending A Paw

  1. Good girl Roxie. Glad you could help Steve out. Jasper and I did this last week. We haven’t been able to go back to our school full time. Our teacher called and asked if we could please come for a quick visit. The students had a test in the morning and she wanted to reward them with our surprise visit. It worked. Jasper put lots of smiles on the student’s faces. We brought them some dog books to read. It was a happy day!

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    1. Jasper (and YOU!) do great work. Woof!


  2. Good job, Roxie. Sprocket does the same thing for me. In fact, if he hears me talking to those people on the computer he likes to come stand up on his hind legs behind my chair and put his head on my shoulder. I think it’s his way of letting me know he’s there and also saying hello to my work colleagues 😉

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    1. Sprocket sounds like a tall dog. Not sure I could reach the Steve’s shoulders. Give him a biscuit for me.


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