Lesson #2: We teach others how to treat us.

Lesson #2: We teach others how to treat us.

We teach others how to treat us. This goes for both human and canine, through what we permit and do not permit. What we stand for, and what we negotiate. Remember, what we allow will always continue. Establishing rules, boundaries and parameters sets the tone for what...
Lesson #66: The importance of "presence" over "presents".

Lesson #66: The importance of "presence" over "presents".

“Things” are great, but what’s most wanted, needed and treasured is our presence; not our presents. The investment of our time, courtesy of our undivided attention, and the sharing of our energy; these are investments that are always cherished and most...
Lesson #35: Let me know when I’ve done a good job!

Lesson #35: Let me know when I’ve done a good job!

While we shouldn’t rely on others to form our personal identity, it just feels good to know when we’ve done good. Praise. Approval. Applause. A smile. A note of thanks and appreciation. A tip of the hat. An awesome review. High five. A hug. An...
Lesson #50: Forgiveness.

Lesson #50: Forgiveness.

To forgive is to release, and is a choice all of us can make. Is it easy? That’s not my call to make. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Letting go of resentment, disappointment, sorrow and anger can be a bit challenging, but it becomes an easier choice if we remember the...
Lesson #16: Consider the source.

Lesson #16: Consider the source.

We love Bandaids. We rely on them and seek them out in, pretty much, all things. We live in a world where business is strategically designed around these bandaids, oftentimes masked to make us feel it’s with our best interest at heart (doctors, vets, product and...