The height of summer. Sweltering Texas weather and even my Black Mouth Cur was overheating. Seeking shade, she crawled under the floating wooden walkway. Pursuing cooler earth, she scrabbled in a little further and a little further. Finally, wanting to come out, she began wriggling, but Indigo could not go forward being blocked by a piece of wood. Neither could she go to the side; she was wedged in. Backing up was impossible. Turning around was out of the question, she was so firmly cornered. On realising her dilemma, Indigo began to whimper piteously.
My other dog Porter, a German Shepherd, on hearing his companion crying, came to investigate. Porter walked all around the walkway endeavouring to measure the best way to free his friend. Indigo’s cries rose in crescendo as she began to panic. I used a soothing voice to calm and assure her. Meanwhile, Porter walked around the walkway again. Sitting down he contemplated the problem. He placed his head to one side to think better. Then he placed his head on the other side. Patiently, he lay down to concentrate more. His eyes were firmly fixed on the spot where his friend was trapped. He rose with a purpose and confidently went to the end of the walkway. Porter began digging. With those gigantic paws nearly the breadth of my hand, he quickly had a sizable hole. Indigo lying flat on her stomach crawled through.
Porter licked Indigo’s face with his oversize tongue. Indigo gave herself a good solid shake. Then they ran off without any more fuss. Yes, I took inspiration from my two canines. No harsh words had been spoken. Porter had not cursed Indigo out for foolishly getting stuck. He did not deride her for wasting his time and forcing him to work. Porter saw a problem and solved it logically and calmly. My dogs truly made a great inspiration in my mind. Then Porter walked past with his jaw firmly locked around Indigo’s head. Another piece of inspiration- work hard, play hard.