Upon starting this post, there was a certain message I wished to convey about the dogs, for the dogs, and about life. As words flowed in many directions, some truths became apparent to me…crystal clear, in fact. So vividly, that those things are taking shape in many ways…
For now, please accept this: We hold, in the palms of our hands, the hearts of our dogs. What we do with that enormous responsibility can enable our dogs to richly fulfill their potential, or can break their spirit into pieces.
Not unlike our own hearts, you see? Like mine. Hearts can be shattered, and often by the hands you least expect.
How… do you mend a broken heart? Your dog is counting on you. He trusts you. As you live with him and as you train him, please, don’t take out more from him, in heart and spirit, than what you can put back in. Even more critically, don’t take out what you can’t put back in. Such words of wisdom were taught to me by a very special friend. They are words to live by, with–and also beyond–our dogs… in life.
Dogs, like people, make mistakes… Mistakes are a whole ‘nother subject for another day.
Unlike many people, dogs are instead amazingly resilient. They forgive without boundaries…
Open up and listen to your dog. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll learn. And perhaps… you’ll tune in to your own heart.
Original copyright, Vickie Lamb, May 2012, excerpt