Hiding Behind my Dogs

Lisa at Piano with Sanchez and Gina

I love my dogs. Sanchez and Gina are part of my family and are with me a lot. They are extremely well socialized and I take them everywhere that allows dogs. I love our life together!

However, I’ve also recently been noticing that I often hide behind them. As an extremely conscientious dog owner, I aim to be very aware of our surroundings. It’s like I have a radar out for other dogs or people who could approach them inappropriately. But, keeping them safe and out of harm’s way sometimes means not being as present to other possibilities for my own life.

I am heading out to a wedding this afternoon, and I won’t be wearing dog clothes. Instead, I’m putting on the leopard dress in the photo above. My dogs are not with me, and I have had some anxiety about going to the wedding solo. By solo, I don’t mean dogless, I mean dateless. And yet,  I’m noticing that I’m more comfortable being dateless when my dogs are with me.

My fabulous cycling instructor at FIT, Kerry McClure, reminded me of this quote this morning in class….

“Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.”   —R. Allen

That is one of my favorite quotes of all time. So, today I leave my comfort zone behind ~ they’ll be listening to the Music to Calm your Canine Companion series in my absence,  and a dog walker will be walking and feeding them at dinner time. And just maybe if I step out of my comfort zone more frequently, I won’t be dateless for the next wedding I’ll be attending. Who knows, maybe it could even be my own wedding!

Have you ever noticed that you hide behind your dogs? Am I alone on this one? Thanks for posting your reply and letting me know.

Photo Credit: Gracie Slegers

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2 Responses to Hiding Behind my Dogs

  1. Gail Spector says:

    No woman who can look that good in a leopard dress should hide behind anything! Have a great time, Lisa!

  2. jaykamins says:

    This comment was sent to us from Bobbi in New Hampshire:

    “Hiding” behind my dogs’ needsallows me to avoid certain confrontations I want to avoid and also allows me to wear jeans/sweatshirt dog-clothes in a town where women my age often are dressed up even to go grocery shopping! On the other hand, I usually get along best with other dog caretakers better than non dog folks. Somehow in our jeans, LLBean boots and fleece jackets (plus dog hair) we know who we are!Definitely love me love my dogs! I am about to adopt a special needs Golden loaded with anxiety due to a formerly unhappy life. I just bought your 3 cds and hope that will help her calm a bit.

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