Lesson #77: The importance of following through.

Lesson #77: The importance of following through.

Whether we’re creating a boundary, giving a cue or command, setting a parameter, or reinforcing a rule, “following through” is a crucial and necessary component to the success and effectiveness of our relations. Following through blends direction and...
Lesson #70: Keep digging for buried treasure.

Lesson #70: Keep digging for buried treasure.

Buried within each of us is who we truly are, in essence and in spirit. We live in a world where we’re constantly bombarded with messages that in order for us to “be happy” or “be enough”, we need to look a certain way and have certain things. Achieve...
Lesson #60: Family is behavior, not entitlement.

Lesson #60: Family is behavior, not entitlement.

We are linked and related by blood; but what binds us as family is being related by: love, loyalty, trust, commitment, appreciation, acceptance, devotion, dependability, support, honesty. We seem to be the only animal family who tends to completely disregard this. Dog...
Lesson #58: Everyone deserves a second chance.

Lesson #58: Everyone deserves a second chance.

When I first started getting involved in rescue years ago, I knew there were many dogs and other animals in need, but I had no idea just how many and why. According to the ASPCA, 3.9 million dogs enter the shelter system annually, 1.2 million never leaving. The...
Lesson #56: Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Lesson #56: Don’t sweat the small stuff.

We’re human, and humans feel. And get emotional. And over-react. Bad hair days. Spilling coffee in the car. Misplacing our keys. Going to the store and coming back with everything but… what we actually went in for. Getting behind the slowest car on the...