Unwise To Take A Risk?

Along with her breeding mastiffs, my daughter has a Shar-Pei as a house pet.  The Shar-Pei is a medium size dog, weighing about 40 pounds.  When I was visiting, the dog tried a new trick of crawling under a very low coffee table.  The mastiffs couldn’t get to her, she could watch the family room, and she just liked it there.  I thought it was a bit unwise to risk getting stuck under the furniture like that, but I was wrong.

The Shar-Pei’s experiment is a metaphor for life.  She took a risk and it worked.  She enjoyed the outcome.  It was doable, although it certainly didn’t seem that way when she first started crawling under there.  I really thought we’d have to lift the table off to get her out, our intervention was not needed.  It wasn’t a big deal what she did, just a surprise to my daughter and I as we sat there.

Not every risk has to be a big one, not does every risk need a big payoff.  Sometimes you just try things because you can.  And hope that no one nips your butt because it’s hanging out there.

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Word for tomorrow – INVOLVE.  If you prefer to work ahead, see the list for the week under “A Word A Day”.

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I am a backyard adventurer, philosopher and observer, recording my life in journals and photographs. Visit my blog at www.livingtheseasons.com or write me at dogear6 [at] gmail [dot] com.

3 Comments Leave a comment

  1. That’s funny. I guess she knew what she was doing.

    When we first got Arthur, he scooted under our bed that way. I was afraid we weren’t going to be able to get him back out.

    Our first dog Hobey, was part Shar-Pei. She was the best dog ever.

    • Arthur is such a character! I love hearing the stories about him. Shar-Pei’s are great pets, but they all are. Except for miniature pinschers who won’t stop squirting the garbage can. Grrrr. . . .

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