Benny H. Liz Hoffman

Do you ever have something that you need to do and for some particular reason, on that particular day, you just don’t feel like doing it? Does that ever happen to you? Think back and see if maybe you’ve felt this way upon occasion. Perhaps it’s been with the things that humans don’t care for like doing tax returns, or painting the house, or cleaning out the garage. I don’t know of any humans who like those chores.
That feeling of not wanting to do something usually doesn’t happen with us dogs though, since we don’t have unpleasant chores to worry about. Instead, we think about car rides, looking out the window, walks around the neighborhood and even hanging with the cats.
But today, when my human told me it was time to write my column, I didn’t feel like doing it. I’ve never felt this way before, so I was a bit perplexed. I really love all of you who read my column and very much appreciate your support. I also really love the newspaper and the people that work there. And I love writing, connecting the dots as I see them and sharing my canine perspective. So, I wondered, what was going on?
With that said, and now that I am sharing my thoughts with you, I think I’ve figured it out. I felt like that for a fleeting moment because I put a lot of pressure on myself to make you happy. Put another way, I really wanted my column to be about something that you would like, that would brighten your day and that you would find valuable. Instead of just being me and sharing, I was thinking about trying to be what I thought you might want. And that small change stifled my creativity, shut down what I wanted to share, and made me not want to forge ahead. That small change of trying to “be something” that I am not is what filled me with hesitation. Especially for a canine, as we dogs are 100 percent authentic in everything we do.
Usually, I never have to think about my topics because my mind is always swirling with things to share. But this week, things have been quiet. Summer is just beginning; we are reconnecting more than we did last year. It all seems so good! With of course, the exception of the black flies and browntail moths. The moths are awful but don’t seem to have it in for me alone. They seem to have it in for all of us. I can’t claim that about the black flies though. They always make a beeline for me and bite me through my fur. I have the bright red welts on my belly to prove it.
Anyway, regarding my column today, I think the point is to always be yourself. It’s OK to occasionally feel like you don’t want to do something, if you tell the people that are depending on you about it. No surprises for them. Just say, “I’m having a hard time today.” Since we all have hard days, or quiet times, or times when we are striving for perfection, it can happen to the best of us. But I think if we are honest, let people in on how we are feeling, then it ends up working out. I so very much wanted to connect with all of you today but wasn’t sure what to say. So, I just opened up my heart and shared my feelings. And now, what do you know — with your help, I have written my column and it all worked out great! Thank you.
Happy Summer to all of my beloved readers!
With love, Benny H.
Benny H. is a 7-year-old mixed-breed dog who enjoys writing, meeting new people, and providing companionship to his loving adopter, Liz Hoffmann. They live in Connecticut. Liz has extensive experience in sales, marketing, and opening her heart to shelter animals.