If you’ve been following the New Year’s celebrations on Beyond the Flow, then you’d know that although I’ve been unable to write or action any resolutions of my own, I’ve issued each of the dogs with a detailed letter outlining their responsibilities for the New Year.
These are what you call SMART Goals:
However, according to my daughter, writing the dogs each a letter outlining their strengths and weaknesses, wasn’t so smart after all.
There was just one small detail I managed to overlook:
Dogs can’t read!
Then, she had to point out that when anyone else wants to train their dog, they simply feed them treats. They don’t waste the better part of a day writing 1000 word letters to dogs who can’t read.
Indeed, Miss even had the audacity to say: “Mummy, if you stopped writing letters to the dogs, you might even be able to get your “Book Project” published!”
Ouch! She had a point.
To be fair, even I had to admit my letters were rather wordy and philosophical. That I should’ve stuck to the basics. On the other hand, I also thought she was selling the dogs a bit short.
After all, dogs have been taught to read…especially the Border Collie, who is the undisputed Einstein of dogs.
That meant Bilbo was in but I wasn’t so sure about Lady.
Just because Lady’s been photographed reading Geoff Le Pard’s latest novel:My Father & Other Liars , that doesn’t mean the camera wasn’t lying. Despite their reputation for honesty, cameras can tell bigger porky pies than politicians!
Then, just as I was beginning to lose the faith, salvation came…
Oh Miss of little faith!
So, if you don’t hear from me for awhile, I might be otherwise occupied.
Unlike other things you might read on blogs, teaching your dog to read is something I highly recommend you do try at home. After all, why should we deny dogs the love we have of reading?
Knew you’d agree!