New Year’s Resolution: To Become More Like My Dogs
This year I thought long and hard about it, who can resist a small New Year’s Resolution? I am pretty confident with whom I am and what I do, but I wondered what would make me a better person? And, I came to the conclusion I would be a better person if I was more like my dog(s). That’s right! I want to be more like my four legged family members and less like the two legged variety.
Let us review some of the traits I would like to better embody.
- Innocence: Dogs are innocent, like small children. Even when they make mistakes, they are never made with spite in mind. I miss the innocence of childhood!
- Vulnerability: Dogs are vulnerable; they need us and are happy to rely on us humans for their needs. We all need help sometimes, even though it is hard to admit.
- Kindness: Our dogs are always kind no matter what mood we are in. How often are we short tempered?
- Gracious: My dog never asks me for the new, better dog toy, he is happy with whatever I give him! We should be thankful for what we have!
- Forgiving: It doesn’t matter if you just trimmed a nail a little too close or met your dog with a harsh word; he will always forgive you and meet you with a soft kiss and a happy tail wag. I definitely need to be more forgiving.
- Happiness: No matter what is going on in your life, your dog is probably always happy! I, some days, wish I was as happy as my dog!
- Trusting: No matter what you do to him, he will always trust you. Wouldn’t it be nice to trust in the goodness most people, instead of opposite?
- Humility: My dog never brags, even when he should! Humility is a great quality.
- Teachable: He is always willing to learn, it never matters how late at night, or how early in the morning or if I change my mind, my dogs are always anxious to learn and do something new! They love change! I wish I was as anxious and happy to learn and change!
Go to a dog park or just sit and watch a group of dogs; watch how they play. They live in the present, not in the past or the future. They know nothing of money or bills, or being “cool”. Dogs lose themselves in the moment. They are happy to play with anyone and everyone, looks, abilities or disabilities matter not to your dog.
Play with your dog and watch his eyes light up in happiness as you lose yourself in games, joy and playfulness!
Dogs are curious about everyone and everything; they really do stop and smell the roses (and other things) 😉
A dog sees meaning in everything and does not judge from past experience. Everyone and everything gets a clean slate!
I want to take the opportunity to see the world with new eyes, to see the miracles and fascination that is around every corner.
I want to be kind to everyone and not judge on looks or the superficial garbage we humans see first.
I want to be trusting, happy, teachable and most of all forgiving.
How wonderful a world would we live in if we could forgive each other like our dogs forgive us for our trespasses?
I want to lose myself in play! I would like to go outside run around, jump, slide, climb, kick a ball and just find solace in good old fashioned playtime!
But most of all, I would like to be the person my dog thinks I am! Because if you were to ask him, or her, or him…they would tell you I am the best person on earth! And, for that adoration, I will try to do my best to become just a smidgeon more like them this year!
I know they will always welcome me with a warm heart, a warm nose and a comforting snuggle whenever and wherever I need it!
What is your dog’s best quality? What can you learn from your dog?
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.