by Gus Searcy
(Yorba Linda, California)

Toby, the Frisbee Catching King

Toby, the Frisbee Catching King

Toby was half Dachshund, half Manchester Terrier, and all energy, even though he was quite small. In fact, he was too small to be left alone in the backyard. So, when I went to work the next day I left him in the laundry room. I put out some newspapers, food and water there for him, and off to work I went.

When I came home from work, I sat down on the couch, and heard the little dog whimpering in the laundry room. My guilt got the best of me and I said to myself, “Well, you wanted a dog; you
got a dog, now you’d better go exercise it.” I had made a commitment and now I had to live up to it.

There is a saying, “Commitment is doing the thing you said you’d do, long after the feeling in which you said it in has passed.” This was one of those moments. I had committed to having a dog, so I committed to making sure he was properly taken care of. (excerpts from The Charm by Gus Searcy.

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