When a dog makes a slight whimper under their breath, as they exhale, they are telling you their problems. If you listen with sympathy and comport them, you will see them make more sounds and then they will relax. This is a way to alleviate their stress. Everyone likes to be heard. Your dog may have been telling you their problems but then did a heavy sigh and turned away. They gave up maybe, frustrated at the lack of understanding.
Simha hurt her paw at the festival. When I did a healing release of the emotional issue stored in it, I realized I was at fault. She started barking a bit at a Great Dane that she met and I pinned her in front of everyone. It humiliated her. I knew she was embarrassed and apologized at the time but there was more understanding that was needed.
When I tended to the paw she explained that she is not a puppy and conducts herself very well. If she finds the need to bark a little bit at someone, I shouldn’t embarrass her or treat her like she doesn’t know how to behave. She deserves more respect than that. The other dog was annoying. I profusely apologized and cuddled with her. She is so right.
My sister pointed out that when we were children, our mother cared more about what strangers thought than how we felt. I so remember that. I had been alienated and humiliated like I had done to Simha. As conscious and kind as I try to be, there is always more to realize. I vowed to Simha never to do that again and to treat her with the respect she deserves.