I watch our rescue golden retriever, Bader, and our newest puppy, Francis, wrestle on the kitchen floor as I write. As one who is new to the rescue field, I marvel at what Bader’s and Francis’ engagement means. It is not just that young Francis is practicing how to fight, nor is it that young Francis is developing muscles that will enhance his growth, nor is it that young Francis is learning how to socialize in a pack. While all of these things are certainly true, young Francis is not the beneficiary of this “play”. Bader is.
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