Monday, December 8, 2008

Tentative Victory

I met with the trainer today.

It is so amazing when we get to see the giftings of people in action. Karen is incredible with dogs, not only does she come to your home if you need her to, but she takes in the hardest to handle and puts them through boot camp. I, on the other hand, am just plain afraid of the smallest of God's creatures.

She tested an e-collar with my little Pocket Beagle and wallah!!!, I think we have it. Oliver reacted the way he was suppose to. He growled at me when I got too close to his food bowl and Karen gave him a little tick and he pulled away immediately. After three tries, he let me put my hand in the dish while he still had food. YES!!! Once we got home, I let him out without his lead and he tried to sneak under the fence and all it took was one little prod and he no longer tried to get out of the yard. It's working!!

She told me that our little Oliver is very smart and really very sweet, he just needs to let go of wanting to be the one in control.

So obviously God is, not so very subtly, trying to use this lesson to teach me about not wanting to relinquish my control to Him. Why does He have use little prods on me? Am I that stubborn? How long will it take for me to let go?

I think Oliver is much brighter than I am.


Donna's Book Nook said...

Oliver is very cute! I'm glad you finally found a way to live peacefully together.
You're right, about needing proding to relinquish control to God. I'm still working on that. Donna

Letters From Midlife said...

I'm happy for you that the collar seems to be taking care of the problem. I'm sure the Lord has had to put a spiritual collar on me like that many times! lol

Kim @ My Journey said...

Oh how cute Oliver is!!! So thankful that you are finding a system that works. Around here we are dog LOVERS, so this just speaks straight to my heart. So important to get everyone living well together and respecting one another.... though I still growl when someone gets too close to MY food! :)

lookuptoday said...

Hi, Sooo glad you found a workable soution for Oliver. My cats are smarter than me. I have a Lucy cat that makes herself miserable trying to be the alpha cat over the entire household.What a stinker, but we love her. Dee