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What Dogs Teach Us About Time

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I went on a mini-retreat recently with my love. It’s pretty rare that I go on vacation without my dogs. My original plan was to leave only Sanchez with a dog sitter. There are a gazillion steps to get to the beach from the cabin, and while Sanchez has recovered well from a slipped disc in his neck, a multitude of steep steps would surely cause a re-injury.

I was looking forward to bringing Gina, until I found out that the cabin owner requested we don’t bring dogs to the beach. So, I left them home with a dog sitter and their iCalmDog. While it was hard for me to leave them, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

Honestly, I’ve been obsessed about work lately and, with a 24/7 online business, it’s sometimes hard to just completely unplug. It helped that there was no wi-fi at the cabin. So my iPhone went on airplane mode two hours before we arrived, and it stayed that way for the weekend. Consequently, I experienced a spaciousness of time I haven’t felt in years, maybe even since I was a child.

The retreat was magical. Time was leisurely, spacious, and expanded. I was present in every experience. When I drank my morning cup of tea, I didn’t multi-task, I simply enjoyed the hot tea. I ate when I was hungry and enjoyed every taste. Sunsets were peaceful and relaxed. Shortly after, the full moon lit up the ocean as it danced with the waves.

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Shhhh…. don’t tell Gina, but I took her iCalmDog with me. I left Sanchez’s iCalmDog home with both dogs (and dog sitter).  I brought Gina’s with me because the calming music helps me sleep at night, and I’ve been using it as an external speaker for my iPhone.

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The relaxed non-schedule visiting the Northern California coastline made me ponder how dogs experience time. They are wonderful teachers for us humans, as they are so present in all that they do. When they are fetching ball, they aren’t thinking about what is next on their schedule. They simply are enjoying playing ball. We have so much to learn from our pets, including how to really enjoy life while being in the present moment. They are also great teachers at reminding us to always make time for dogs, as the clock above says! I did exactly that when I arrived home.

Have your pets helped you stay present and live in the moment? Thanks for sharing your experiences in a comment below.

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Top 10 Relationship Tips for Men ~ From an Agility Dog

10. All good things come from your partner. Nothing is as rewarding as being with her. 

9.  Communication. Communication. Communication. Let her know that you’ll do everything she asks when she communicates what she wants clearly.

8. When you see an obstacle in front of you, take it, unless she indicates otherwise. Remember that obstacles are put in front of you to remind you how much you want the prize.

 

7. Keep your connection with her at all times. She’ll know exactly when you’ve reached your point of commitment.

6.  Waking up at 4 am for a road trip is a good thing when you get to be with her all day.

5.  If you are tempted to go off course, don’t. Watch her and she’ll keep you on course.

4. Don’t linger at the top and look for what’s better out there. Run to her quickly and make contact.

 

3. Sit patiently before you head out. She’ll give you the “OK” when she’s ready to go.

2. Keep chasing her. Not just initially, but forever and ever.

1. Remind her to take breaks and play.

Have you learned any relationship tips from your dog through a canine sport or shared activity? Thanks for sharing your tip in a comment below.

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Advice from a Dog

 

 

After reading “Advice from a Dog” on a beautiful card by Ilan Shamir of Your True Nature, I started thinking about everything my dogs have taught me. I have two “career change” dogs from Guide Dogs for the Blind. Sanchez is an 8-year-old Yellow Lab. If Sanchez had a tag line, it would be “It’s All About Me.” If he could talk, these are the words I think he would share with me:

 

Life is All About You

Be Patient

Treats are the answer to everything

Great days start with tummy rubs

Don’t sit at the computer for too long

If you really want the ball, then you go get it

It’s always a good time for a hike, as long as it’s not raining

 Break out into moments of craziness when people least expect it

Play the piano everyday, and keep helping improve the lives of dogs worldwide with music!

 

 

 

 

Gina is a two year old Black Lab and couldn’t possibly be more different than Sanchez. Her tag line is “Let’s Play”.  I’ve had her for a little over a year, and she is bringing me different lessons. Here’s what she has to say:

It’s all good

Sleep close to those you love

Take frequent breaks for play time

The more kissing, the better everyone feels

If you are breathing, that is reason enough to be happy

Always keep your toys nearby and play with them often

Playing with another person is so much more fun than playing alone

Be present with your loved ones and they’ll be  present with you

Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle

Do your animals give you advice in the form of life lessons? Thanks for sharing them in a comment below. Cat lovers, thanks for sharing your as well. Here’s Ilan Shamir’s Advice from a Cat.

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