A dog’s life (POV)

Posted by Ed - 14/02/09 at 10:02 pm

Before I share more serious stories here is one that was just plain obvious. Duh!

At one job I was fortunate to ride my bike through the industrial park and up a hill to downtown Santa Cruz for lunch.

When I was cutting through the industrial park on my bike, I passed a little guard dog in a small cage outside a shop. I decided to make his day by riding by his cage and saying hello.  Yap yap the dog would bark which to me meant that he was happy to see me (or somebody, anybody?).

Months passed until one day the owner had the dog out of his cage. As I cruised by (and within seconds) the little yapping dog was biting my heel. The owner called him back saying “I don’t know what came over him-he never bothers anybody.”

Duh! Where I thought I was doing the dog a favor, the dog was obviously agitated everytime I passed. I am far from a dog expert but I do recall human  times where I thought one thing and the other person interpreted the actions or words totally different. Those are more subtle and it sometimes can take years to heal.


2 Responses to “A dog’s life (POV)”

  1. Isaac says:
    February 15th, 2009 at 7:18 am

    haha that is a funny story

  2. Benji says:
    February 21st, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Great insight onto how other people’s point of views work not only for people but for animals as well. If these work on dogs, how much more should these principles work on people.

    It would be interesting to see what other success principles people have experienced with animals.

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