The following text is taken from my book AND THEREBY HANGS A TALE [Harvest House, 2010], an excerpt from Chapter 7 “OH, HOW THE WORLD DOTH WAG.“
AMONG THE BEST OF DOGS, quiet dogs, yappy small dogs, privileged dogs, nervous dogs, good-natured dogs, big lazy dogs, if there really is a silence-is-a-good-thing rule, there are also exceptions. Of course there are. With living things you have to make room for exceptions.
I was working with my son Adam last summer. He has an organic pest control company in Franklin, Tennessee. Business was good. His workload was increasing, and he asked me to come along and help. One of the houses he serviced had an Akita in the back yard. The Akita is a Japanese dog, a very serious minded, no nonsense kind of dog—things I learned later. Of course I did. At the time, I knew nothing of the breed. It was a dog. I knew that. All dogs are alike, right? So I took the immediate posture of well-meaning-nice-guy-getting-the-confidence-of-the-animal-because-I-am-good-at-this-I-know-what-I’m-doing-I-wrote-the-book-dogs-love-me-leave-me-alone. Truth is, I doubt seriously if I had any such thought whatsoever.
As the dog approached the fence, which he did slowly, circumspectly, without thinking about what I was doing I reached in to pet the dog. Big mistake. (more…)