Rose is not one to want to wear costumes. I discovered that last year when I bought her a Bumble Bee costume and she absolutely hated it. My dear friend, Judith, a retired therapist reminded me, "Now, Jodi. That is because she knows that dogs are not supposed to wear clothes."
This year, Kathleen brought her dog's old chicken / rooster costume for Rose to try on. The picture above is the first shot. She was not a happy camper. She was frozen in place! I kept taking a few pictures and Kathleen and I tried to coax her to move but she just sat there and wouldn't move a muscle. No baby talk. No offer of treats. Nothing would coax my girl off of that chaise!
She was not havin' it! Then, I heard my neighbor, Bubba outside and told Kathleen that would be the REAL trick! She loves Bubba! So, I snapped her leash on her and she slowly walked to the door and then froze in the middle of the stoop. Of course, Bubba and his wife, Brittany loved her and tried their best to get her to move, but Rose was a frozen chicken.
She sat outside with us while we handed out candy to the kids, and, although she enjoyed seeing other dogs wearing their Halloween finest, she didn't want to be a part of it.
Once I removed her costume, she was back to her normal self. When I got into bed, I did my meditation and prayers. Then, like a bolt of lightning, it hit me! I was alot like Rose before cancer. I, too, was a frozen chicken! Scared of the unknowns. Frozen by fear of failure. But, once I shed my "costume of fear," everything started falling into place.
Although I cannot promise there will be no other costumes for Rose in the future, I can promise that I will continue affirming that everything happens for a reason and there are lessons to be learned and wonderful experiences that are yet to be! Thank you, Rose for reminding me of this!
P.S. - For my costume, I wore scrubs and a stethoscope and thought I was a nurse, until one of the kids came up to get their candy and announced, "Oh, cool! You're a doctor!" Leave it to a little one to raise up the vibrational level ... out of the mouths of babes! "Why, YES! I AM a doctor!"