I have a small wooden plaque in my kitchen that reads, "My goal in life is to be the person my dog thinks I am." I suppose that when people read it they see it like a bumper sticker. Curious and meaningless. But to me, it's profound.
Have you ever found yourself watching a movie and then suddenly a particular scene or character or line just changes your life? Whatever cinematic moment speaks to you, I'm elated and proud to say that I too have found my own.
It's Valentine's Day, and men and women everywhere are scurrying around trying to find just the right gift or card to show their special someone they care. Some turn to chocolates, some roses, but do you really know what your sweetie loves?
Chief was a beautiful creature. Understated in temperament. Loyal. Sweet. And a part of our family. It was devastating to see him go. While Chief was not my dog -- he belonged to some dear friends -- his loss reminded me of the great value pets play in our lives.
I showed him an old picture of us together. He said, "Ah... She loved me." Then he looked in my eyes the way he had when we were lovers more than 25 years before. He didn't realize I was the woman in the picture, but he remembered that she had loved him.
An enriching walk will also help tire out a dog out both mentally and physically, which can result in better behavior during the inside portions of the day. Here are some ways to make walks as fun as possible for both canines and humans.