As a dog owner, it’s important to have a strong trust bond. If anything ever happens to me or my dog, we each know we can trust the other to do everything we can to help each other. Earlier this week, this was borne out when I was working Glimmer, and we had an unexpected incident… I had a dizzy spell, collapsed to the floor, and started twitching violently as if I was having a seizure. Without missing a beat, Glimmer immediately responded by licking at the side of my mouth [so I wouldn’t choke on my own saliva] and positioning her body in a way that would apply pressure and stop the twitching, without making breathing difficult. When the twitching stopped, she immediately re-positioned her body so that her head was near mine while pushing her back against my outstretched arm in a grounding position. She laid her head on my other arm and continued to check my breath for several minutes. She did not move until she felt me starting to move.
Today, I am going to attempt to simulate that event. If possible, I am going to film her responses. What she did for me came from a place of love and trust, and it proved that when the bond between a dog and their human is strong, there is nothing they won’t do for each other when one is in trouble.
Have a great day everyone, and remember: Stay calm and lead on.