Since the Neolithic era, the dog has been linked to the Goddess (for its loyalty toward household members and savagery toward strangers). My pug completely fits this picture; which proves familiar from ancient myths.
My dachshund completely fails when it comes to protecting the household, however. Don't get me wrong: I utterly and completely love both my dogs: Freya, the silver-dapple dachshund and Artemis, the fawn-colored pug. What's more, I never expected either small breed to protect my home.
The picture to the right, of Freya and me, was taken three years ago at a bridal shower when our precious doxie was just one year old.
OUR DACHSHUND PROTECTS THE YARD:
The only manner in which Frey could be considered a "protectress" is by the manner in which she goes after the herons, stray cats and squirrels that visit our yard or koi pond. With strange people who come to the door, she literally wiggles with glee and pesters the visitor until they finally bend down to pet her. In the back yard, she is definitely true to breed as a hunting dog -- and she's got a blood-hound's nose to prove it. (Meanwhile, she is very gentle with the household cats, back-yard chickens and pet rabbit that live here).
OUR PUG PROTECTS THE HOUSE: Artemis (the pug) on the other-hand does NOT like visitors at all. He's a perpetual barker (seeing every passer-by as a potential threat). He does not play well with children even while he's very sturdily built and loves to tumble with me. He snores terribly and if it's the mailman who comes to the door he goes utterly but temporarily insane with barking and snarling.
Artemis literally follows me all through the house -- no matter where I happen to go. Freya, on the other hand, prefers to find a soft cushion where she can chew her rawhide or small bone and she could care less about what I am doing (unless I'm cooking and she thinks she will get a treat). The veterinarian insists my two dogs switched personalities -- as neither seems to have characteristics common to their breed.
WHAT IS THE SPIRITUAL LESSON IN ALL OF THIS???
People and animals do not always act in the positive social manner we expect from them. Even while I am a highly intuitive person, individuals out and about in society have occasionally taken me by great surprise. (e.g., I will never understand people who throw litter out the window. That always seems shocking to me).
Life has taught me that even close relationships sometimes create angst -- and it's up to me to establish healthy boundaries (e.g., communicate when barking is appropriate and not) so the emotional bond can grow instead of allowing things to escalate (e.g., to a dog bite) where damage results for all participants involved.
IN RELATED NEWS: Here is a really cool link called "Dogs as Deity." It explains many different Gods and Goddesses who either had a strong affinity for dogs or else shaped into a dog themselves: http://asiapacificuniverse.com/pkm/dogstory.htm
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