Another Animal Story

Animals teach us if we pay attention. We teach them because they DO pay attention. We all need to be in the present (as our animals are) if we are to learn and grow (I mean growth in terms of mental and emotional development). So, the story on this page is just one of many amazing responses to the moment our animals have demonstrated.

This happened in the 50s when Lenette was planting flowers on the front lawn. Brutus, our brilliant Beagle, was relaxing with her when a German Shepherd from down the street attacked Brutus. The attack was entirely unprovoked, but we knew the dog and were aware of its aggressive behavior with other dogs. The dog’s owners had already paid hefty fines for its past attacks. As a result, the animal was always supposed to be leashed and under control. Yet, on this occasion, he wasn’t.

Heidi was in the backyard and, on hearing the commotion, leaped our six ft. fences to defend Brutus. This is not what the attacking dog wanted. He feared Heidi and usually avoided our house when running free. But there is more. Cleo, our very productive kitten producer, also cleared the fence on Heidi’s tail and joined the battle. It was not pretty. While Heidi was ferociously tearing into the aggressive dog, it got worse for him when Cleo flew onto his head and began ripping at his eyes.

I quickly got our animals off the dog, but the damage was done. The fight left the attacker in bad shape, and the defeated bully retreated home, where his owners were forced to put it to sleep that day.

Our three animals were led into the backyard, acting as if nothing untoward had occurred. Brutus suffered some minor bleeding but otherwise was fine. As I’ve written, Heidi, Brutus, and Cleo were very close. The next story will be about their special relationship.

Animals give love-Please give this back in good ways

Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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