Front Dogs-Chance and Blaze
When I'm struggling through a rough day, I find myself drawn to the Front Dogs. I find a strength and comfort in them due to their heightened sensitivity and nurturing instinct. They seem to understand the pain I am feeling because of they are able to relate to it coming from abusive homes. I have also found they have a stronger appreciation for being taken care of and they rarely "demand" anything of me. They are full of life and exuberant at expressing it. Whether it is in playtime or quiet time. They are always grateful for any time spent with us and being loved. How simple. How wonderfully beautiful.
Back Dogs-Fiona, Zappa, Silver, and Brut
(our only recent picture of all four Back Dogs together.)
Since the Back Dogs have all been with us from the beginning and always have had their needs met, there is a strong stability within them. While the Front Dogs can be high strung and anxious, I find myself lured to Back Dogs and a sense of security. When life seems uncertain or the walls are closing in it is the maturity of the Back Dogs that stands out. There is a unbreakable foundation that exist between the four of them that lets me know everything is OK. There is a firm trust and an undeniable calm within their pack that can bring my frayed emotions to an inner peace again. It is powerful and stunning.
The dynamics between the Front Dogs and the Back Dogs is a unconditional. How simple and expressive each pack is in their own distinctive way. I have also become aware how dependent I am on these differences to meet my own needs and to fulfill theirs. I am mystified by the rich diversity of love and energy both packs offer. They may seem divided, but are united through us.