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A dog named trouble

The power of guided imagery and visualization fits in this story of a dog named Trouble. I met Trouble's owner at the Vet. Trouble had just gotten into ... guess what? Trouble again!

"My son named him," she said, "and he's moved away."

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why a popular cartoonist named his character, Dennis the Menace. Well, in addition to a long laundry list of things that Trouble did, he pulled this woman so hard she disclocated her shoulder.

"I feel funny calling after him, Trouble, Trou..............ble."

This was not the time for a lecture on complementary medicine, spirituality, the power of names (go back to Genesis for that), visualization, or the perils of repeating that dog call. Instead, I gently asked: "Have you ever thought of changing the dog's name?"

The problem is, he only responds to "Trouble."

It's not his fault he was named that way. I guess I will send him a silent blessing that his troubles will be transformed into grace. Maybe he incarnated to teach his humans a certain lesson.
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