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Reflections on how dogs actually remind us to live mindfully

5 Lessons from Failed Goals

Have you ever set what seemed like a reasonable goal, failed to meet it, beat yourself up, then realized what you did accomplish mattered more than your goal and had to undo the damage you caused yourself in the throes … Continue reading

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The Antidote For Hate Is Not What You Think

Love does not defeat hate. In fact, if anything, I believe love gives rise to hate. Inevitably, someone, some group will feel they are less loved than the others and ta-da! The seeds of jealousy sprout into a little hate … Continue reading

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Getting The Control Freak Under Control

“Control freak” sounds harsh. “Keeping things under control so I feel safe and secure” sounds better. Please tell me you’ve also thought maintaining control makes things predictable, certain, more manageable. Regardless of the fact that’s almost never true. If you … Continue reading

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Dog Play — It’s Good For Us, Too

  “Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein If the guy synonymous with genius says it, who am I to disagree? Not that I would anyway. You can learn a lot by watching dogs play. And no … Continue reading

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5 truths when dealing with confrontational people, according to dogs

A confrontational computer repairman breathes today thanks to my dogs. At least, I’m pretty sure of it. Because the thought occurred to me to crack him good. He seemed to feel the same. Like, from hello. But woofy wisdom prevailed. … Continue reading

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Practice Makes Something Other Than Perfect

Sometimes I know better, but I fail to do better. I’m probably not alone. Whiskey highlights this. I swear she wants to bring out the worst in me. This morning, she lit into me while I talked on the phone. … Continue reading

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The Power Of Choice

Lately Rico has been meandering even more on our walks. So much so, hopeful buzzards keep an eye on us.   Yesterday something hit me that probably explained his slowing speed; I forgot Rico’s birthday last month. Ok, not that, … Continue reading

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Overanalyzing Bit Me In The @**

Pinched between teeth A pink welt on white skin OW! scares us both So it turns out Whiskey can be a shithead. She cozies up when I’m eating like she expects to be baby-birded. Her stubborn streak is … … … Continue reading

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(Not) Knowing What We Need

Sometimes I think I have it figured out. Not life’s big mysteries, of course, but at least the simpler stuff. Like the “should or shouldn’t we get a new dog” type of stuff. I didn’t want another after Roxy passed … Continue reading

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Stop, See, Breathe, Repeat

  Early morning walk My dog wants only to be still Breathing the dew Can you believe I actually wrote that? I’ve been dabbling in poetry and feel especially drawn to haiku. There’s something about its simplicity. By not commentating, … Continue reading

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