Now sing if with me...R-E-S-P-E-C-T find out what it means to me...
You can't have any relationship without respect. I believe this includes your dog. Where did I learn this valuable lesson? Yep, you guess it, Mr. Brut. That boy demanded respect from the time we brought him home. He commanded to be heard, acknowledged, and the freedom to be the proud dog he is.
Respect blew doors wide open between Brut and I and taught me about equality in a human-dog relationship. While I have always had a high respect for animals, Brut helped to take to another level. I have never been comfortable with the master-slave relationship, but didn't honestly find the total freedom from this idea until we got Brut. He taught me the true meaning of respect. Loving unconditionally, trusting with affection and giving him the space to become the dog he is today.
Conventional training suffocated both of us. It never gave us the space to grow or be ourselves. It bound us. Our spirits are too restless and creative to conform to standards not to mention we weren't being true to ourselves. Which I find is the key, being true to ourselves. Being who we really are and accepting each other as we are.
I have struggle with this most of my life. I have struggle with accepting Brut for how he is. Dealing with his dog aggressions has not been easy. I have hated that part of him for a long time. The day I looked into those eyes and saw the aggressor in him, I didn't see a killer. I saw a dog full of hurt and immense pain that made my heart stop. He was suffering. I understood his pain for it was my own. I never looked at him the same again.
From there it took our relationship to another level of respect. He taught me to give him more and he gave it back in return. Each step leading us closer to healing with a higher regard for each other. We were both trying to break free from that box of rules that others were trying to shove us in. There is a deeper meaning to our relationship that can only be explained with our eyes. I have carried this value on to each puppy that was born from our litter, each of our dogs, our cats, our duck, and every creature I have encounter.
Life is too short not to savor every precious moment. To learn to understand and accept another. There is nothing sweeter than a meaningful relationship that encompasses respect and love. When Brut looked me in the eyes that day, I did not deserve the respect he gave me, but he gave it to me anyways. I was humbled, because I hadn't earned it and he still gave it to me. The ultimate love. I believe he knew far greater my struggles with him than I knew and because he understood, he gave me what I needed most, respect.
To understand how my hate towards Brut came about you can read A Little Bit About Brut and Me.