Patience Is A Virtue (That Pets Are Happy To Help You Learn!)

It happens to everyone with a pet.  You step out of the shower and notice that one slipper is missing.  You walk in the door to discover that a mini-tornado appears to have made its way through your living room. You are trying to do something that requires your full attention and a four-legged freight train barrels into your side and shatters your concentration.


Rhodesian Ridgeback, pet adventure

“Oh, I thought you said DO knock over the carefully stacked recycling. My bad”

The thing about pets is that while they are smart and quick learners, they aren’t so great at understanding all of our complicated logic.  Pets don’t care if they ate your favorite shoe or if they knocked over the Christmas tree while romping around.  You can correct a pet if you catch them in the act, but lecturing them afterwards is only good for getting your pet to give you funny looks.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, pet adventure

Eko “helping” me fix the Christmas tree he knocked over while I was in the shower

While many of our pets’ indiscretions can be supremely frustrating, I found that Eko has definitely helped me become a much more patient person.  We all know that yelling and stomping your foot at a pet will do no good, so our motto must be to “keep calm and carry on.”

The patience that Eko has taught me came in extremely handy during a recent trip to the Chicago DMV.  After some of the trouble Eko put me through as a puppy, dealing with the frustrations of the DMV seemed like a breeze.  Eko also made life easier by helping put on my new license plates.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, pet adventure

“We better be going for a long walk after this”Rhodesian Ridgeback, pet adventure

I now join Eko as an official Chicago resident

So next time “you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs,” don’t forget to thank your pet!

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