I think most people look at stray animals and see them as a nuisance. But these are actual living feeling beings that lead incredibly brutal and painful lives. And it's largely because of things that we humans have done.
Three years can be a very long time and a very short time. It seems like only yesterday that Daddy was with me. It seems like a hundred years that he's been gone. And yet, he is here with me, every day.
Any relationship with a dog needs to be grounded in reality. That's the "Honesty" part in "Honesty, Integrity, Loyalty." Before you start looking for a dog -- or when you start looking at the causes of your dog's problems -- you have to look at yourself first.
If we could hold a debate with dogs as the audience, we'd learn a lot about the candidates. Dogs have had thousands of years of evolution, studying the faces, body language, and scent of the humans they travel with.
I try to talk to my mother every day (and if I don't, she calls me!). She has taught me tolerance, patience, caregiving, and unconditional love. She was the original calm and assertive person in my life.
The so-called "Dog Whisperer" makes training look like magic. But it's not. My biggest gripe with Cesar Millan is the fact that he is so often telling people to change everything about their demeanor in order to bring about change in their dog.