It’s National Dog Day!

In our home it’s always Dog day! But today’s the perfect excuse for all of us dog lovers to brag on ours.

CJ & Esme got to hang out with me at work today, meeting and greeting people and their dogs. CJ loves the people, Esme loves the dogs.

How did your dog(s) spend National Dog Day?

Freddie Mercury doesn’t really give a crap! He knows cats are superior.

Be Always Grateful

…Just a little food for thought post…

I wear many proverbial “hats,” as do most of us.

First and foremost I am Myself. I try to do ALL things for My Self. Not to sound selfish, but without caring for my personal self, I cannot truly be of any use to any business or any person if I don’t take good care of ME.  I am in no way perfect, but I do my best to lead a healthy lifestyle both physically and mentally.  I try to eat a healthy diet, I maintain an active lifestyle, and I take time to meditate as often as possible.  Sometimes I fall off the wagon.  Every now and again I drink more alcohol than I should, I eat more junk food than I should, and I fail to get in activity.  I try not to beat myself up over these failures, but I’m human and I do often chastise myself for being irresponsible when it comes to my self.  I think we all do it at times, but some more than others.

Second, I am a partner in a loving relationship.  Though we are not married, I love Christopher more than life itself.  He has been my #1 supporter for anything and everything I’ve ever done or tried to do.  Like any relationship, we have our ups and downs, backs and forths, highs and lows, but we get through it the best we can and continue to grow together every single day.

Third I am a coach and mentor. This hat envelops my long-time professional career and my more recent part-time hobby.  I enjoy teaching people and witnessing them grow and improve in their abilities.  It brings me great joy to witness someone evolving from struggling to mastering something.

Fourth, I am a pet-parent. I love, cherish, and adore learning more about my furkids every day!  I try to spend quality time with both of my dogs and my cat whenever I can.  (This is probably one of the primary reasons I’m such a horrible blogger…I like to play with my kids whenever I have free time!).  My goal in life is to be as good of a person as my pets already think that I am.

Lastly, I am an imperfect individual. Circumstances of my life have led me to this.  I am not perfect and I don’t try to be.  I have my own personal “issues” that I let get the best of me when I shouldn’t.  We are all working to be the best we can be, no matter what life throws at us.  I pride myself on my loyalty and honesty.  If I say I’m going to do something, I will do it.  If I offer to help you in any way, I’m not just saying it to appease you, I mean it.  If you want or need help and I am available, I am yours.  Sometimes I forget about a promise or commitment that I have made, but I’m also over 40 so that’s not surprising.

I’m babbling, but the main idea I wanted to hone in on here was that we are all different.  We all wear different “hats” and a varying number of them.  Our life situations and struggles are very different.  Each of us has characteristics that make us unique.  No matter who you are, where you’re from, or what you do, just always remember to be grateful for it.  Be grateful for being YOU.  Be grateful for the things you have.  Be grateful for the people in your life.  Be grateful for the experiences that have helped shape who you are.

“Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.” ~Jim Rohn

A REPOST … Because it’s that important to me.

Dog owners far and wide, PLEASE get rid of your retractable leashes! I abhor the device and feel it needs to be banned. I do NOT understand why so many favor it, other than pure laziness.

Retractable leashes are dangerous for pets and their handlers. They teach your dog horrible leash manners, primarily pulling. They also have a huge potential to cause injury to both the dog and the handler.  In addition, when you visit us at the vet’s office, you put your dog, our staff and other pet owners at risk.

Read my previous post here.

If you use a retractable leash and have a rebuttal please contact me.  I would love to discuss other leash training options with you.