A Dog Just Wants to Be Helpful
Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT – SmileNotes
‘m trying to think of how to give you a smile for my SmileNotes column, yet all I can do is cough. I have pneumonia. Last Wednesday, the doctor said it was a virus. Then by Friday he said x-rays showed I had pneumonia. So my head is addled with prescription drugs, I alternate between being hot and cold, I wonder when I can see my private counseling clients again (who haven’t been seen for two weeks due to the back to back ice storms), and I think about the bills piling in when no income is! Sound familiar?
When I want to look at the positive, I often think of my dogs’present and past,as they always looked on the bright side and encourage me to do so as well! My year old tri-color cocker spaniel, Colt, has been sitting close to me all week as he doesn’t understand what’s wrong with me. He tries to help by repeatedly putting his wet, cold rubber chicken toy on my face when I lay down on the couch to cough.
I think the funniest thing that happened was years ago when my dear departed Scooter, also a tri-color cocker spaniel, tried to help me when I had the flu. I was propped up in bed on three pillows. I began coughing and wheezing so badly that I had a very, very long inhale where there was no noise as I couldn’t even get my breath. Scooter got alarmed, immediately jumped on the bed, climbed on my chest and put his snout to my mouth. I don’t know if he was trying to give me mouth-to-mouth or just wondering where all my air had gone, but his being up to my mouth was not helping. I now had no air coming in plus a 28 lb. weight on my chest! It would have been hilarious had I not been so ill.
I hope you have an animal member in your family to help give comic relief when needed! We need to treat them well as they love us unconditionally and are a part of the family.
Copyright © 2011, Sharon Scott. No reproduction without written permission from author.
P.S. Please see my other column The Counselor’s Corner about the power of pausing.
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Her popular book for teens, How to Say No and Keep Your Friends, 2nd Ed., empowers kids to stand out,not just fit in!
A follow-up book for teens, When to Say Yes! And Make More Friends, shows adolescents how to select and meet quality friends and, in general, feel good for doing and being good.
Sharon also has a charming series of five books for elementary-age children each teaching an important living skill and "co-authored" with her savvy cocker spaniel Nicholas who makes the learning fun.Their book on managing elementary-age peer pressure is titled Too Smart for Trouble.