Another in the What Would Baileys Do series…
The dogs in my parents’ neighborhood barked as we took our post Memorial Day barbecue walk. My mom and I were walking Baileys. A lot of their neighbors have dogs who were enjoying the nice weather outside, as well. When we passed by and they caught sight of her, clearly stressed out by new situation, circumstances, and people they protested.
You’re not from around here, they seemed to growl.
Unruffled, Baileys held her head up high and trotted along with us, sniffing the flowers, thoroughly enjoying the walk.
Impressed, my mom commented, “She doesn’t seem to hear them.” [Sidebar: When we first got her, I thought she might be hard of hearing, but it turns out she just has selective hearing].
She heard all of the barking, yet chose not to let it affect her. It went in one ear and out the other. She could have let it ruin her walk, her day but she didn’t.
I, on the other hand, will often let a careless bark fester all day.
All day long people are barking for attention, validation. You’re doing it wrong. Do it my way, they growl. This often stems from their own insecurities than any kind of aptitude.
I would be willing to bet that the majority of the time there is no value to their bark. They are just empty words.
We can choose to be nonplussed by it, or we can be like Baileys and choose not hear it.
Bark less, wag more.