I had a friend who was the owner of a high-energy German Shepard named JuJu.
JuJu had a lot of energy on her own, energy was multiplied by the fact that her owner — my friend — was inconsistent in walking the dog.
Dogs are like young children in the sense that their schedules must be consistent. If a dog doesn’t know when it’s getting walked, it will resolve to handle its business on your couch or the middle of the living room floor.
While my friend did let JuJu out often enough to keep the carpets (mostly) poop-free, there’s the other reason why dogs must be walked: they need to release their pent up energy.
The more energy a dog has, the more often and the longer the duration of the exercise that dog needs.
It’s not the same for every dog. The basic rule of thumb: get a dog whose energy level matches your own.
I used to watch Cesar Milan’s TV show about handling dogs. Cesar explained that a good barometer of if your dog had been properly exercised is if the dog is tired when you come back home from a walk.
A tiny chihuahua may only need to be walked from your house, located at the middle of the block, to the corner and back.
JuJu, a larger and higher-energy dog, may need to run all the way around the block, maybe a few times, to be satisfied.
Whenever I walked a dog, my goal was to have the dog laying on the floor, panting for air once we got home. No excess energy remaining for it to get into any trouble.
Since my friend didn’t get JuJu get enough exercise, JuJu found ways to get it on her own.
JuJu didn’t destroy furniture (well, except for that one time). JuJu’s vice was to get loose outside, and get the running workout that her human owner wasn’t giving her.
I watched JuJu once at my friend’s house and JuJu did just that.
German shepherds are fast.
I’m fast myself, but I’m more of a mid-distance runner. JuJu was a sprinter. And, being a dog and all, she was harder to catch. Even when you catch up to a dog, corralling it is another task in itself.
JuJu slipped under me more than once.
I ran after JuJu, trying and failing to corner her for a good 45 minutes, until JuJu let me catch her, as she had properly satisfied her need for exercise.
I saw JuJu do this to my friend a time or two as well. Always the same outcome: run around and be chased for 45 minutes, then allow you to catch her when she was done exercising.
One day I was house- and dog-sitting for my friend, with JuJu. I had the garage door open as I did some stuff in my car.
JuJu got loose.
She ran a good thirty feet away from the house, stopped, and looked back at me.
That’s when I realized: this running-away thing was a game to JuJu.
She ran away only because a human was chasing her. Without the chase, I hypothesized, JuJu wouldn’t want to play the game.
So, when JuJu ran away from the garage and looked back at me, I didn’t run after her. I didn’t even look at her. I ignored her and kept to my work.
JuJu lurched back towards the house slowly, watching me the whole time. She wanted my attention. I looked up at her. She stopped in her tracks and started to run away again.
She had to make sure that I knew it was time to play the chase-the-dog game.
I ignored her again.
The whole time that she was out of the house, with no leash, I never acknowledged JuJu’s escapism.
After fifteen minutes of being properly ignored, JuJu came back to the house quietly. I opened a door; she slipped inside and obediently found a place to lie down.
The runaway dog is like all the people, opportunities and connections that you want to engage with.
They run away from you because you’re chasing them.
It’s a paradoxical truth of life: what you chase runs away from you. It’s not a chase unless something is trying to not be caught.It’s a paradoxical truth of life: what you chase runs away from you. It’s not a chase unless something is trying to not be caught. Click To Tweet
The other half of that truth: what you already have accumulates at your feet.
When you’re in the spirit and energy of what you want in life, regardless of how much or how little of it you tangibly possess at the moment, (more of) it finds its way to you.
When you push and strive and struggle to get to something, you make the attainment of it harder on yourself.
Your energy of trying so hard to get it reinforces the understanding that you must not have it.When you push and strive and struggle to get to something, you make the attainment of it harder on yourself. Your energy of trying so hard to get it reinforces the understanding that you must not have it. Click To Tweet
This does NOT mean that you shouldn’t try and get what you want.
It means you should go after what you want in the spirit that you are 100% sure that it will be yours — not with the desperation of a person who’s unsure if all your efforts will ever work out.It means you should go after what you want in the spirit that you are 100% sure that it will be yours — not with the desperation of a person who’s unsure if all your efforts will ever work out. Click To Tweet
THIS is the proper application of the infamous Law Of Attraction.
It’s a balance between working hard, and knowing that your work is going to work — even when there are no signs of it working. It’s applied faith.
Put yourself in the state of being that you already have it, and you’ll feel like you have it even before you have it.
Combine that with the proper efforts, and the results are pretty much guaranteed.Put yourself in the state of being that you already have it, and you’ll feel like you have it even before you have it. Combine that with the proper efforts, and the results are pretty much guaranteed. Click To Tweet
The challenge: human nature.
You are likely too locked in to what you call “reality” to allow yourself to think this way for long enough for it to work for you.
… or maybe you’re not. You’ll see, I suppose.
The sad ending(s): JuJu got out again; my friend was home this time.
I told her about the no-chasing strategy. She wasn’t trying to hear it.
She gave chase. 45 minutes later, she came back with JuJu.
And, my friend got married shortly after. Her husband took JuJu out for a run, and the dog suffered a bad fall.
JuJu died of complications from the surgery on her broken leg.
At least she was running when it happened.
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