Penny is the barn manager’s dog. There are other dogs at the barn, too. There are beds for each of them.
I’m not sure why Penny chooses which place to nap.
But I’m sure she has her reasons.
My animals are always letting me know that they don’t necessarily agree with what I think is best for them. Providing choices – even as seemingly basic as dog beds of various types and in a few places – lets them communicate with us.
Years ago, my hens let me know that they had preferences about where they prefer to have their waterer set out. I always have a water dispenser inside of the coop. In the winter, it is set on a heater so there’s good, fresh water all of the time. The hens seemed perfectly satisfied with that arrangement.
But, one summer, I set an additional waterer outside in the shade. From then on, they ignored the inside fount. Chickens would rather drink outdoors. Who knew?
You know if you give them the opportunity to tell you.
Scooter’s decisions are far more obvious than Penny’s. Where there’s warmth, there’s the little dog. These days, it’s too cold for him to hang out at the barn with me, but that’s okay. He has many good places to bide his time while he waits for me to come home.
What choices have you given your animals, and what have they told you?