……. what it seems!
“The world is not what it seems” may be taking some poetic liberties with the facts but, when it comes to Ray, I think it can be substantiated.
For example, when we were contemplating adopting a dog from the Oakville & Milton Humane Society, I foolishly believed that I would be making the decision. It was not that Carol did not have a say in it and, in fact, her dog experience dictated a significant say in the selection process however, given my bad childhood experience with a dog, she was letting me ultimately decide on the specific dog. Those of you who have read my About Me will be aware that Ray in fact adopted me*. How could I possibly say no?
German Shepherds are typically a high energy dog and, while Ray was certainly crossed with another breed (or two, or three, or four!), we were expecting a high energy dog. Ray is one of the most laid back dogs I have known. In fairness, a DNA test did identify Rottweiler as the only other breed in his genetic bank, and Rottweilers are apparently more of a chill-out kind of personality, but we were expecting a high energy dog. Of course we did not know any of this until after he had moved in and firmly established his presence here!
Given that, prior to Ray, there was only the two of us living here, we decided to treat ourselves to a really nice soft leather two-seater sofa and matching chair. We could sit on the sofa to watch TV, or read, or whatever, and the matching chair would be useful for the occasional visitor. Furthest from our mind was Ray being the (more than occasional) occasional visitor**! Being the tolerant people that we are, we just acknowledged that Ray clearly liked that chair and did not therefore discourage him from using it.
Just the other morning, I went into our living room to sit on our two-seater sofa:
He couldn’t have filled it more effectively if he had tried. How come nobody told me that a dog’s secret desire is to take over the whole house……. Or at least the most comfortable bits? Could there be a time in the future when we are sitting on the floor to watch TV? Could we soon be curling up on the floor somewhere to go to sleep? Will we be sleeping near the refrigerator so that we are alerted if he goes in there for something? The world is not what it seems in fact, if we are not careful, it could become quite the opposite to what it seems!
*See also “Big Brown Eyes” – Jan 27, 2015
**See “Let Sleeping Dogs …Part 1” – Apr 3, 2015