I have had a number of dogs in my life, but none has been as much about “the pack” as our current dog, Widget. (Apparently, this is common for his breed, he’s a Rhodesian Ridgeback.) Whatever the pack is doing, he wants to be part of it. Below is a picture of him helping us cut wood for the winter. We were making big logs into smaller pieces, so he joined in.
Widget eats when we eat. If we put food in his bowl and leave, he does not touch it because we eat as a pack. If Lori and I are in separate parts of the house, he “complains” because the pack should be together. It is funny, sometimes annoying, and a bit convicting. So, here are a few marriage tips from the pack mentality:
- Any separation calls for a joyful reunion that includes sniffing of hugging and/or kissing.
- It does not matter what you are doing as long as you are together.
- Forgive quickly, but be wary of those who have kicked hurt you more than once.
- There is safety in numbers (not just physical safety, but emotional, mental, and sexual safety).
- Make time daily to chase sticks play together.
Sounding off: Dogs alert the pack when they find something good. I’ve been part of the Health Co-Op for more than a year, and I find it to be a very good thing. I used the Subsidy Calculator from The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation to see what I would be paying if I signed up with my state exchange. I would pay $200 a year more, and my potential out of pocket would be almost $12,000 more for a year with a number of healthcare issues or one large one. It is accepted under “Obama Care”, and costs $443 a month for a family or $379 per month for a couple.