I’ve made a tough decision to start taking Flattery to my new hospice visits and start letting Bunny take it easier. To go along with that, I took Flattery to our hospice volunteer meeting this week. I had to run a few errands beforehand and it was actually an unusually warm day for us so I wasn’t worried about taking her along. Truth be told, once we got in the car and got started, you’d never have known that she was there. She settled in and laid down in the cushy bed until we got to the meeting. She’s the quiet one of our group.
A friend of mine had imagined that as a larger than life personality, which translated to loud and proud. In real life, that’s not really the case with her. If you met her out in public, you would never believe that she pulls off the capers that she does. At the meeting, she was incredibly patient, and it went on a lot longer than our meetings usually do. At nursing home visits, she is friendly and sweet, but gentle as well.
But I’ve learned that often, it’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for. Flattery has a gift for thinking things through differently from any other dog I know. I still can’t figure out how her brain works, but I have learned to be worried when I see her studying something closely. The most uncanny part is that she has an almost supernatural gift for being able to observe things while appearing to be asleep or doing something else. If only I could teach her to sit or do other commands this way, but she doesn’t seem to take in information that we want her to that way.
Part of me wonders if it wouldn’t be easier if we could all learn things that way. I think about some of the things that I really wanted to learn but struggled with and how it would be especially nice to learn those things while seeming not to pay attention. Until then, I guess I’ll have to find another way to master those tough skills if I want to master them. I admit, I’m a little jealous of my dog.
What I know is that Flattery is always going to be a dog who keeps me on my toes, but she’s also a dog that I can take places with me and know that she will charm whoever she meets. Sometimes, I wish other people got a glimpse of her mischievous side, but I’m really glad that she’s a good girl when we go out. I’m sure she’ll have something else to get into before long and that whatever it is will have us laughing and shaking our heads.