2019-05-01 - Tail Wagging and Body Wagging
Tail Wagging & Body Wagging
However unscientific it may be to the experts, my own observation suggested to me that our black lab German short-hair pointer was extremely happy while playing ball down in our basement this afternoon. I could tell by her tail wagging quickly from side to side, as she returned with each ball I tossed to the other side of the room. Her anticipation was prodigious, and I was so happy for her every time I let the ball go, and on some level, I lived vicariously through her in those moments as she approached the ball, spun, grabbed it, sunk her teeth in it and galloped back toward me - so grateful for the next chance to do it all over again. The grounder, the high ball, the one off to the side off the drywall, the one off the concrete wall, the one straight into the door near the floor, and the challenge of determining which was to come, were part of the charm to her. She is so fast and accurate, she would be a great goalie for any soccer team or goal tender for a hockey team, and would love either game - but only if it would be pleasing to us.
And one thing we have learned about Ms. Melody is that when she is concerned about having upset us is that she pauses, and when we tell her everything is okay, she wags her entire body in apology, in a big way, for several minutes at a time - whether she has a reason to do so or not. I can accidentally step on her foot, and she will apologize to me for several minutes, no matter what I might say to try to convince her otherwise. We can learn a lot from her humility. I do, every day. Playing makes her happy, but pleasing makes her ecstatic. And so it goes. How about you? We should strive to serve the Father in his service, in the same manner each day, with humility.
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. “(James 3:13 NIV)
All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted