Level Two. Getting Involved.

Level Two. Getting Involved.

By Michelle Lloyd.

New One had long learnt that getting involved was a useful thing to do, because often it was when you engaged in a situation could then come life lessons and realisations. Even Lana, his dog, had learnt that a gentle nudge forward to a strange object and a slight tilt of the head, could earn her an attentive human to dog form of contact.

New One liked to learn about different situations and even more than this, he was eager to find out what things meant? The answers influenced his thoughts but also what he felt he could then do about it.

Never had this been more apparent than when on one occasion New One had been out on a walk with Lana when they came across an abandoned child’s bike. The rider had been nowhere to be seen but laid across the pavement at an odd angle was the bicycle and New One, his dad and Lana all thought it very strange indeed.

It took a quick inspection of the actual bike and then a little look around for anyone to give them an answer as for nothing being visible to explain what had happened. It was then that everyone gave each other a What Does it Mean look. It had not been very satisfactory to simply leave the situation in that way. Getting involved had been encouraged by New One’s parents but only if the situation safely allowed for him to do so, and on this occasion it was deemed safe for New One because he had his dad with him.

Lana pricked up her ears and started to make pulling motions over to a nearby shrub. New One who trusted her implicitly let her lead them. It was as they got closer that they could hear the crying.

New One’s dad went to look and sure enough he came out with a young rider who had a limp and an expression of bewilderment. Before any more questions could get asked, frantic shouts could be heard and all too soon a relieved but anxious looking parent and a few other walkers had surrounded them.

Apparently the young rider had rode on a little too quickly and left their parent racing behind them. The get away learner had only then gone on and had a bit of a crash landing. Thanks to the involvement of New One and his dad and of course a somewhat questioning awareness of Lana, all was well. Despite a bit of a reprimanding for one red faced rider, everyone felt that a crisis had been avoided and that the getting involved had been positively worth while.