Muffin, our Lhasa-Apso/Terrier half-breed, is the sweetest natured puppy I’ve ever known. Not only am I blessed with her affection, I’ve learned some precious lessons from watching her grow up.
Such as how to seize life’s many opportunities.
There are a few things Muffin loves more than anything else. Riding in a car. Playing on the terrace. Wandering around the garden.
She has learned to associate certain key words and phrases with these opportunities. When she hears them, a remarkable transformation comes over her. She might be deep in slumber, happily at play, or sitting morosely on her couch chewing on an old toothbrush, but when the magic words are uttered, she’ll change dramatically.
A quiver runs through her little body. Her tail begins wagging furiously. She’ll jump up and race you to the door, and stand leaping at the latch, scratching eagerly at the barrier, ready to streak out the moment you open it for her.
This happens every time.
Every. Single. Time.
She never seems to grow tired of it. In her universe, opportunities to have fun abound. And she’s raring to seize each of them, never missing her chance.
Even when she knows we’re teasing her, she’ll react the same way. Her enthusiastic antics only cease when she’s convinced beyond doubt that we’re only kidding, and that she isn’t really missing a potential opportunity.
In fact, there are times when her sheer excitement has prompted me to carry her upstairs for a game on the terrace, or even put her in the car and back up to the gate and come back.
Yes, she creates her own opportunities – through pure energy.
What’s even more amazing is that these mini-adventures, which might only last a couple of minutes, are just as fulfilling and satisfying to the little canine as a fuller one.
As I pace the terrace watching Muffin explore the same ‘interesting things’ that she has for almost three years, I wonder…
How many opportunities are we missing out on because we’ve grown tired, jaded and bored.
How much more deeply will we experience and enjoy life by being as curious, excited and passionate about every little opportunity we get… as this little puppy does.
Then, I thanked Muffin – and wrote this to share with you!