Extend A Paw
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Extend A Paw

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Humans spend a lot of time tapping their fingers on little keys or moving their hands across lit screens. Lots. Of. Time.  I guess they like doing that or they have to do it, or they just can’t help themselves. At times I think they need a break.

Like the other day in our office. (I mean Steve’s office.) He had been hammering on those keys for a long time, and I think it got to him.  We were by ourselves. At first, I heard him say a few words quietly to himself. Then a few more—with more volume. He seemed to be banging on the keys faster and harder. And speaking louder. Like he was woofing at himself. I could sense that he was agitated. At other times when he seemed a bit stressed, I stood beside his chair and placed my head on his leg. He stops banging on those little keys, looks down at me, and smiles. I can see and sense that he has taken a breath. 

 Who could resist these big brown eyes? IMHCO: In My Humble Canine Opinion.

But on this particular day, I felt he needed more. I sat next to him and extended my paw to rest on his leg. That must’ve worked like a belly rub does for me. He stopped, turned, and gave me a hug. And then we went for a walk. 

Extending a paw. Sometimes that’s all it takes to help someone through a trying time. No woofing required.

Who can you give comfort to today?


Previously posted on The Growth and Resilience Network® on November 11, 2020


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