Who Wants to Live a Tame Life?


Sometimes I think we get a little too comfortable in our cozy homes, and we need to be reminded that the wild world abounds with adventures. Often people think comfort is what they need, when what they really need is something to throw their passions into – something they can chase with all their heart.

I witnessed a literal example of this last weekend. We were at my mom’s house and had brought our dog Dolly with us. In her heart, she is a hunting dog. In fact, that’s what her lineage (the Mullins Feist) is bred for. But she has settled nicely into the lazy life of a suburbanite dog of occasionally chasing tennis balls and running, but mostly relaxing in the house.

Last weekend, Molly was walking Dolly along a wooded path near my mom’s house. She was trying out a new collar and didn’t realize it was not clipped on properly. Just a few minutes out the door, Dolly had spotted a rabbit and slipped out of her collar. In an instant she was in the woods chasing the rabbit.

Molly tried in vain to retrieve her, but was unable to, so she came back to the house to get my help. With a hotdog in hand as bait, we tromped into the woods after Dolly. We heard her high-pitched “YIP, YIP, YIP!” which she makes after spotting prey. So we knew she had found something, but it was no rabbit…

Seconds later Dolly came crashing out of the woods running at top speed with her tongue hanging out a bright twinkle in her eye. You could tell she was in her element. After noticing the glee on her face, I began to wonder why she was running so fast out of the woods?

Then I noticed a huge animal bounding behind her, it was making all kinds of noise as it jumped out of the woods after her. At first I thought is was some kind of gigantic wolf or dog. Once I got a clear look, I realized that it was a huge deer and it was MAD!

Normally you picture a deer as this tranquil animal hopping through the forest. Not this one — It’s face was snarling and it was snorting. I imagined that it must be protecting some newborns. You’d think that Dolly would have been scared to be getting chased by an animal about five times her size, but she loved it. She had a look on her face like she was playing a rip-roaring game of tag with the deer!

And sure enough, after seeing us, the deer turned around back into the woods and Dolly started chasing it! Luckily, we got her attention and she decided that she wanted the hot dog that I was holding more than the deer. When she got close enough we clipped her collar on properly and her wild adventure was over.

But it got me thinking, she seemed so happy during that crazy romp through the woods, even when danger was near. Maybe a tame life isn’t always the best one?

"One day you’ll see him and another you won’t. He doesn’t like being tied down–and of course he has other countries to attend to. It’s quite all right. He’ll often drop in. Only you mustn’t press him. He’s wild, you know. Not like a tame lion."

-Mr Tumnus from The Chronicles of Narnia