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(#45) Pull At The Leash

Sometimes we have to stretch. Even when there might be push back. Or in my case, pull back.

While my canine buds and I might differ in size, fur type, and temperament, we share one trait. NTG: Nose To Ground.  So much to discover with our sniffers. And when it comes to our sense of smell we are gifted. And that is not just my opinion. Humans woof about it, too.

I’m not sure humans really understand this. One day we saw one of our friends on the street. She did not have her dog with her. When Steve asked about her dog, she said something like, “Oh, if I want to jog I can’t take her. All she wants to do is stop and smell things.”

Well, yeah!

Photo by My Person, Steve.

Steve does his best to let me check out the breaking news alerts on our walks but he gets a tad impatient with me. I will pull him to the left. Nothing hard, just a little tug. At times he humors me. Other times I get, “Roxie, watch me. Watch me.”

I lean a bit more.

“Roxie! Leave it.”

Sometimes I do leave it. Other times, I’ll stop and stare back at Steve. And he relents.

Photo by My Person, Steve.

And then there are those moments he will stop, walk up to me, and get nose to nose. “Now, I said watch me. That means, watch me.” He scratches my ears and off we go leaving all the great scents behind. What a loss.

“I don’t get it, Roxie. You must like pulling your neck against the leash.”

No, I do get it. Why would you leave a leaf unturned? Never know what you might find. Discomfort? Maybe. But it’s worth the effort.

You never know what you might find if you allow yourself to explore and scratch your curiosity.

Who knows what you may find.


I hope your new year has gotten off on the right paw. Thanks for coming back to my blog. You make me happy.

My book, Roxie Looks for Purpose Beyond the Biscuit, is still available.  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!


The Growth and Resilience Network®
Steve Piscitelli. 2021©

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