Greetings once again. Yes, I have been reading quite a bit lately. Thought I would quickly share my thoughts on a title I just finished called “Comet’s Way”.
This book falls into the genre that I call personal dog stories, although it’s message is quite universal. I simply mean that it is personal as opposed to instructional or informational.
I have relatives who are very much involved in Greyhound rescue and I myself have had the pleasure of meeting a beautiful grey named Bella who lives in our Neighborhood whom I first met while out walking my Danes Caesar & Chloe.
“Comet’s Way” author Steven Wolf discusses how Greyhounds fresh from the track have a much greater learning curve when it comes to adjusting to life on the outside vs. other rescue breeds. Things like tiled floors; meeting new neighbors while out walking are all so new to them. We have to remember that all they have known growing up are their cages at the track and from what Wolf describes in his book not a whole lot of affection and cuddle time. I found it eye-opening to say the least to read how these amazing animals are treated at the tracks. I remember meeting Bella for the first time and how she stood as still as a statue as I fawned over her beauty and stroked her lightly. Beautiful, yet so not sure what to make of me.
What I find so universal about this tale is that it goes beyond the story of how this particular greyhound named Comet saved her new guardian. Wolf had been on a downward spiral of pain and decreased mobility that more and more encroached upon his everyday ability to get on with his life. Having to be separated from his family for months out of the year due to climate considerations for his condition, Wolf became increasingly more dependent on Comet. I believe Comet originally chose him because she felt she could help him. What makes this story so truly universal is that it speaks to the idea that the only limitations in our lives are those that we place on ourselves or that we blindly accept& do not question. I mean how many Greyhound service dogs have you seen? Not a lot right?
That’s just what Wolf faces as he comes to the conclusion that Comet wants to help him, but can she? A greyhound service dog? Yup. We, and that includes our dogs, are so much more than we know, so much more powerful, so much stronger and so much more able to go beyond what we think we can do. Comet is a great example of this and that is why I am recommending this book. When it's time to take a break from reading, why not enjoy a stress-free walk with The Fifth Paw. The Fifth Paw is the premiere hands-free dog-poop carrier that gives you the freedom to fall in love with walking your dogs all over again!. Enjoy.
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