Look at this perfect pose!
FOCUS, MOM, FOCUS!!
Brut and I have this incredible bond. Daddy says it is because we are so much alike! Our strongest bonding time is during our solitude walks. We'd both been lacking in them because I wasn't feeling well last week and we were both getting rather grouchy about it. :)
So today we took off for our favorite park. Brut was full of pent up energy and frustration and I planned for that. I threw on his harness and grabbed a piece of firewood for him to pull. The wood weighed seven pounds. It worked out perfect for him to pull. It was enough to slow him down, but not so much that it is a strain.
You really can't expect TWO perfect poses!
We went around the park once without the wood then circled back so I could hook him to it. He definitely needed the extra weight and I needed a steady pace! We took the very back trails that are usually empty as the front trails had a visitor with their dog. As soon as we were alone in the woods, we fell in sync with each other. Literally and spiritually. Brut's anxious eyes began to calm with mine. There was an overall sense of content and connection, like we were the only two beings on Earth. There was little said vocally, but our communication was immense.
I have found through many walks by following Brut's body language to know what is going on around me. This is key for knowing if there is something ahead. It is also how we unify through the leash. We were in harmony with each other and became one being with a fluid movement. All of our anxieties melted into the forest ground. We were in tune with each other. This trust would be significant when we came to our fork in the road.
The Chosen Path
Brut and I are at our best when we are alone. Remember I mention another visitor with their dog? I know the trails inside and outside. So does Brut. We had a choice to make: take trail A which heads straight through the park and the front paths, with the possibility of running into the dog or take trail B that leads around the park thus avoiding the possibility. So I asked Brut and he lead me down trail A. A little ways down the trail, I was getting worried, I didn't want to run into the other dog. I told Brut we needed to turn around. He insisted continuing on. I gave in to the trust and all knowing. We have made these decisions before together. There are times he needs to trust me and there are times when I need to trust him. I chose to believe, so I followed him.
Nice pictures! ...and it sounds like a very nice day!
That sounds like such a special bond too, but I won't tell the others!!!
Your pal, Pip
What a great bond you two share :)
Pugs & Kisses,
Yoda & Brutus
Thanks for teaching me an important lesson today! Yes, I need to FOCUS!!!!!!
I see now what you meant when you commented on your training philosophy. Your relationship with Brut is something I feel I am striving for. Perhaps one day I will be lucky enough to experience a similar connection.
Thank you for sharing this. The idea of attaching the 7 pound piece of wood was pure genius.
We really enjoyed this post. Mom has had a lot of dogs in her very long life, but she thinks there is something special about a Siberian that allows that close bond between human and furry to grow. We have to say we agree:)
Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara
What a great bond you two have. Me and mom are working on it :)
These walks are important for us to have with our dogs. Fred and I both struggle alot but those rare awesome moments when we get in stride are amazing and no one can ever understand or take that away from me, its my own little secret bliss :)
Is Brut aggressive to other dogs? Either way, the trail looks fun! Where is the trail? It's probably far because me and Peanut live in Texas.
I really enjoyed this post. I really needed it. :) Thank you for sharing.
you two have a really special bond:D
Peanut, Brut is dog-reactive.
You're right. This is a beautiful and peaceful post. I love the trust you have with Brut. An amazing relationship and it touched me.
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