Saturday, November 15, 2008

Two Hounds of the Baskervilles, and one Shih Tzu

Tuesday night I arrived home around 9:30 p.m. and let our three Shiz Tzu dogs out into our front yard to, erm, water the lawn. We don't have a fence around the yard, so we are vigilant, and one dog with a vice for chasing varmints of all sorts isn't allowed out without a leash on any terms.

I was shepherding the dogs back toward the house when the two hounds from Hades showed up at the edge of our yard. They belong to our neighbors, but have found an escape route from their fenced-in lot (much to their people's despair). When you look up at night, and see two large black dogs, which share a mixed heritage of rotweiler, pit bull, and black lab, (even without glowing eyes) it may cause the most intrepid to shiver. At best, I was alarmed. I dragged the leashed dog and encouraged the loose dogs in the direction of the front door. Unfortunately Wu, my Shih Tzu, (who often knows what I am going to do next even before I know it) heard the panic in my voice . He went into vigilante mode.

Before I even realized that Wu was going to take care of business, he lit out after those dogs that probably weigh five times what he does with the energy and fury of a Florida lightning strike. My understanding of doglish is somewhat rusty, but it sure sounded like he was telling them in no uncertain terms (using some language he undoubtedly picked up from our cats somewhere along the line) to remove their sorry selves from the premises. Or else. Then, still breathing out threatenings, he proceeded to escort them home.

The harrassed hounds took their cue and moved with great velocity and accuracy through their secret exit (now an entrance) before the fury caught up with them. Fortunately, they got there before Wu discovered their secret. He did hang out around the fence doing what sounded like some sort of trash talking for awhile--but what can you expect? He's still a dog. Wu then trotted back home, head held high, bedazzled by his own brilliance. He still won't get out again soon without a leash.


I just missed two days of school due to a raging sinus infection. I went to the doctor, and she was horrified by how elevated my blood pressure was. This school year, for various reasons, has been stressful beyond what I could have expected. There have been pressures in other areas as well. I've been playing and replaying issues like videos in my mind, trying to solve problems that won't need to be solved for months yet. Fretting over things over which I have no control.

This morning I sat in my favorite chair with Wu snuggled beside me while I drank my coffee. I smiled as I reflected on how one small companion dog chased off two big dogs with aggressive heritages. Then the Lord reminded me of how I've been letting my aggressive anxieties to inform my walk rather than abiding in Him as He invites me to do.

Susan Price


RC said...

Susan, thank you for sharing. Wu sounds like a very special dog. You're right, abiding in Christ is key. It's one way of defining Contemplative Prayer, I believe. May God help us all to be more consistent and deeper in our connection with him!

living stones said...

Susan, What a great story! I like that you reported Wu's few strong barks, not bites, worked.

But I really appreciated the point you made about "abiding in Him as He invites us to do." I too want to let go of my anxious thoughts and rest more in God--moment by moment, day by day. (And it seems Wu on a leash or in your lap would be a nice companion for the daily journey.) --Anna

Sarah said...

Good story, Mom. Even though I partially witnessed it, I enjoyed the retelling immensely. Thank you, too, for the reminder, one that we all need.

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