This is Buckley – one of the dogs featured in a story that won second prize in the writing contest that HRD co-sponsored with the Fairport public library. We’re almost ready to post his story.
While we’re waiting for that, take a good look at this photograph. What do you think Buckley’s doing? What’s he looking at?
The story taking place outside of the photograph has two other people working to help Buckley be still. What you don’t see is the little girl who wrote the story about Buckley. Her name is Becky and she’s holding a dog treat up above Buckley’s nose. And, THAT’S what Buckley is looking at.
(Buckley REALLY likes treats and he knows that if he sits very still, he gets one.)
The other person you can’t see is my husband. He’s taking photographs of Buckley.
Buckley’s not paying attention to what my husband’s doing. He’s watching that treat. Waiting patiently for the time when Becky will lower her hand to just below his mouth, so that he can take it from her. And eat it.
Which will make him happy.
Buckley wasn’t born knowing how to sit. Somewhere in The Life of Buckley, he learned how to sit because a person took the time to teach him. Maybe this happened in an obedience class. Maybe it happened because a former owner was pretty savvy about dogs and knew how to teach this.
Becky’s mom might have taught Buckley how to sit because she knows about dogs.
But. Not everybody knows about dogs. And, sometimes, that not knowing can be very scary. Like it was for a nine year old little boy who got bit by a dog when he was playing over at a friend’s home.
He was rushed to the hospital where he “…received more than 100 stitches around his face and scalp.”
His story was published on the front page of the Fairport-East Rochester Post six days ago.
It’s a nightmare true story that completely contradicts the story of Mia and Devo that I posted such a short time ago.
Why is it that one family’s dog story is unspeakably tragic and another family’s dog story is so happy? Part of the answer is found in what people don’t know about why dogs behave the way they do.
And, perhaps, I can help with that.