As I was writing I Want to Have the Heart of a Dog and reflecting on my time with Max, I now see missed opportunities to learn and make different choices.
If I had been aware of the lessons Max was mirroring for me–situations in my own life that made me feel shame or were not allowed by my family culture–perhaps I could have released them and dropped the weight of those emotions.
Many years later, I still wonder if I'm missing opportunities to learn. However, I am very aware I can learn many lessons from my dogs. I hope you are also tuned in to what your pet might be trying to teach you.