Size doesn’t always matter

Our dog is small and cute, but is lightning fast and has a mind of his own.

He has a few friends around the place – one pictured above, and another who lives across the road. Every so often he takes the notion to take his life into his own hands and head across to see his buddy.

We’re trying to train him not to do so and today I was in the front garden with him having some fun – throwing a ball for him to fetch – the usual doggie stuff. I was standing at the front gate and discouraging him from going anywhere near the gate any time he came near to me. Now I’m not here to discuss my merits as a trainer (I’m a novice!) but the point of the story is as follows.

Every once in a while the dog would look wistfully beyond me across at his mate’s house. It seemed as if he was weighing it up in his head – OK I’m definitely fast enough and my sidestep is lethal so I could get past that guy throwing the ball if I really wanted to, but I know he would be cross at me so I probably shouldn’t.

But eventually, after repeating the ball-fetching/wistful-looking sequence many times, he just went for it. Left me shouting at him forlornly from the gate as he whizzed joyously past me for his few minutes of glory.

And my first thought (after the relief that there were no cars passing by) was – fair play to him!

Maybe we could all do with taking more of his attitude into 2021. Well not the taking our lives into our own hands part (!), but the determination and courage to follow your heart. Where could that bring us?

I'm Kieran and I play piano. Actually I do a bit more than just playing - I teach others how to play, and I write music, arrange it and host/produce shows.