I've seen many dogs in parked vehicles, but this one was different. He looked like a Japanese- style Akita. One eye was light while the other was dark – the heterochromia often seen in Siberian Huskies. Aware of everything going on around him, he remained aloof to the people passing by his truck. He was intently watching the front door of the store across the parking lot.
Most dogs I’ve observed in cars or truck cabs stay focused on the door used by their owner for several minutes, but then get tired or bored and lie down on the seat. This one, however, was not going to shirk his duty. He stood on his hind feet while balancing with his front paws on the back of the seat. This gave him a direct view through all of the cab windows.
I’d been watching him for about 15 minutes. Except for turning his head to the left or right to see what the people in the cars next to his truck were doing, he had not moved. Everyone coming near the truck commented on his eyes and the intensity with which he was scrutinizing the store door.
Although wary at first, none of the passersby were ever threatened by the dog. I never once heard him bark. He observed what was going on around him; but when he quickly determined that he was safe, he returned his focus to the task at hand. As one observer noted, he was definitely devoted to his person.
I did not get to see the reunion of human and dog because I had perishables that I needed to get into my refrigerator. However, I’m quite certain that the dog stayed at his post, diligently watching and waiting until his person opened the cab door and slid onto the seat.
Then, I’m sure there was much joy, petting, and licking along with a happy dance or two and some well- deserved words of praise and affection.
If each of us approached every task or relationship with the devotion and focus of that dog, New Year’s resolutions would become obsolete.
• What resolutions have you made this year?
• Will you remember them by spring?
• How would your life change if you followed the dog’s example?
• Are you willing to be that devoted and focused?