Dispelling the illusion of resistance

Not long ago I was out with our three dogs for one of our regular morning adventures. We live next to a large mountain meadow nestled in front of a forest and are accustomed to a wide range of wildlife. The dogs enjoy all the scents and occasional encounters with our forest friends. 

On this particular day the dogs became startled as we rounded a corner and came upon something. It looked like a very scary animal with sharp features and long horns. The dogs’ hackles raised—and they circled the object, barking as if to ward off the aggressor. 

After several moments, their level of anxiety eased as they drew close enough to the object to see it for what it was: an unusual shape of branches and deadwood. They seemed relieved, even amazed, to discover that what they had apparently perceived as dangerous was in fact nothing real at all. 

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The rosebud
April 27, 2015

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