Sunday, February 27, 2011
So... my dog passed the AKC canine good citizen test yesterday - quite an accomplishment for a dog that was severely abused in puppyhood, rescued by kind people, and came to live with me 7 years ago, when she was 1. Here are the "top 10" things I have learned from her/been validated by in these years -
1. It's never too late to learn to trust people.
2. A 45 minute walk each day is an excellent antidote to life's worries.
3. Having a routine for the day is important - and comforting.
4. Greet each new day with boundless enthusiasm.
5. Continuous learning is a great thing (we take "classes" and do "training" together.)
6. Eat only what you need - there is more food for later.
7. Rolling in the grass & looking at the sky is a joyful experience (if it's the right kind of grass.)
8. Overcoming fear is a powerful tool.
9. Having a treat once in a while (but not too often) is just fine.
10. Love is a healing force.
On to another day of dog walking, cardio, weights, eating less than 1500 calories, catching up on reading, and getting some work done in advance of business travel this week (my routine!)