Dealing With Disappointment

by Houndstooth on

If you read the blog on Monday, you know that Bunny was a little miffed about the fact that we didn’t get to hiking.  She mostly felt that it was Mr. Taleteller’s fault and when things didn’t work out, she let her feelings be known.  She was pretty clear about it, too.  Being disappointed stinks.

I have to admit, I was really disappointed, too.  However, unlike Bunny, I can’t make my feelings known by leaving a message on the carpet.  Well, I guess I could, but I am fairly certain that I’d be the one cleaning that mess up and I want no part of it.

Hello Greystone!Mr. Taleteller and I did take a short road trip to a little town where they have a statuary.  We’ve gotten a couple of really nice Greyhound statures there in the past and my husband is thinking that the German Shepherds should be equally represented.  Since we got to put an emergency tire on the van last week, we weren’t planning to add a new German Shepherd to the yard that day, but we thought it would be fun to see if they happened to have one.  In any event, it was a nice drive and it allowed us to stay out of the heat.

Normally, we’d have taken a few of the dogs along with us, but it was too hot to leave anyone in the van, even for a short amount of time.  As much as I love the dogs and love having them go on trips with us, I love coming home to them every day even more than that.  We won’t risk anybody’s life just to avoid sad puppy dog eyes.

Stoney in the GardenStill, it was hard to leave them behind and realize that we weren’t going to get to have any special time with them over the weekend.  I admit that I sort of stewed about it in the back of my mind all weekend.  It’s not that I think it was anyone’s fault of that it could have been changed.  I just couldn’t quite seem to let it go in my mind.

As I ruminated on it Sunday night, I came to the conclusion that maybe I need to deal with my own disappointments more like Bunny does than the way I usually do.  I don’t mean that I intend to start pooping on the carpet.  I mean that I should just express my feelings and accept that some things can’t be changed and then move on with life.  By the time we got to the lake on Saturday night, Bunny had forgotten all about being upset earlier in the day.  She’d made her feelings known and then she moved on without any of the earlier day’s disappointment holding her back from enjoying the lake.  I need to learn to deal with my own feelings sometimes and then allow myself to move on and enjoy things, too.

Posing With A Statue

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27 Responses to "Dealing With Disappointment"
  1. BZ Training says:

    The wisdom of dogs. 🙂 And yeah, having to clean up the mess kinda takes the fun out of making it.

  2. I’m glad you’re not thinking of making a muffin on the rug. Dogs live for the moment. That’s one of the best things about them. I don’t know many animals other than humans that worry about the future and regret the past.

  3. Looks like Bunny is pretty smitten with your new statue, which is very nice BTW.
    LOL, pressie on the carpet 🙂
    Humans can learn a lot about how to enjoy life more from dogs, that’s for sure.
    Lynne x

  4. Shine Jake says:

    Bunny’s a rather clever little diva! Yeah, sometimes it’s just best to move on with certain things. I do hope you guys get to hike in the near future when it isn’t as hot, too.

  5. Sue says:

    Loving the Greyhound statues.

    Bunny as always your photos are lovely.

    Dogs can surte teach us a thing or two.

  6. Mango says:

    Yup, sometimes just letting it out is all it takes. On grouchy days I say to the Mr. “I’m grouchy today.” Consider it a verbal poop.

    Mango Momma

  7. genjiscorner says:

    Good advice. Make your feelings known then move on. Another lesson learned from our dogs 🙂

  8. Pamela says:

    Such a thoughtful post. There’s a lot of truth there.

    I’m reading a book about self-compassion. It focuses on the idea common in psychology and in Buddhism that the more you try to resist suffering the more you suffer. Your decision to express your disappointment so you can move on is exactly what the book is encouraging. I’m working hard to learn the same lesson.

    I am glad that you’re using words to express your disappointment instead of “muffins” as GLP said. 🙂

  9. I must say that I was a little, okay VERY worried, when a read, “…I came to the conclusion that maybe I need to deal with my own disappointments more like Bunny does…” LOL

  10. So true.

    I can’t wait to see the new GSD statue. I hope they have one.

  11. Got to love the doggies….and their way of expressing feelings.

    Drools and licks,
    Minnie and Mack

  12. Michelle says:

    I wish I could be like my dogs sometimes too. They just get over things. Unlike me, I dwell on stuff forever!

  13. Goose says:

    Yes we dogs are wise. Follow your pups lead.

  14. Frankie Furter and Ernie says:

    BUTT…. pooping on the carpet makes SUCH a statement and gets the point across in such a dramatic manner.

  15. Sage says:

    Sounds like good advice to me! Now if only we humans would just learn to let things go….

    Just so it’s not on the carpet 🙂

  16. MelF says:

    Dogs are our teachers. Of course, Bumny also recommends wearing a crown so everyone knows who is Queen. 🙂

  17. What a great lesson learned!

  18. Patty says:

    Dogs live in the moment or that is what I am told. Would it be good for humans to live in the moment? Sometimes, but it is not as easy for us unfortunately.

  19. I think dogs can teach humans a lot of grreat lessons, especially about how to live in the moment and express your feelings!

  20. sara says:

    Dogs teach us new lessons everyday. Geesh, they make us humans look like fools.

  21. Bunny, that’s a whole new take on ‘Letting stuff go’ LOL. I hate it when the thing you anticipate all week is delayed or canceled. Really annoying.

  22. Oh, the things we can learn from our dogs! I have the same tendency to “stew” without even asking for what I want to see if I might actually get it. It probably stems from childhood in some way and I agree with your assessment – it’s definitely time to let it go.

  23. Caron says:

    Oh yes, I’ve thought about this before. I love the way animals say what they think and then move on. I wish I could remember that when I’m write in the middle of it.

  24. Corbin says:

    Hmmm… pooping in the house, huh? Maybe I should try that…

  25. I don’t like to clean up a ‘poopy mess’ so I won’t make that kind of mess either! 🙂 But my disappointments have me leaving other kinds of messes for my husband to clean up–But I’m like you in that letting go is just not my forte and I should practice it more! I also love to take the dogs with me when I can, and last week when Todd went to work with me and I had a couple of errands to run, I just didn’t because I knew that even leaving him in the car for 5 minutes may not be such a good idea…

  26. Miss Veil says:

    Letting things go and not holding a grudge is a hard thing for us humans… we should definitely be more like our dogs.

  27. Benny & Lily says:

    Bunny forget the hike, you are famous by having your own statue!!
    Benny & Lily

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