May I Introduce you to my Life Coach?

The wise patient grandma -type dog coach

Wo better for the best all round life coach than our fave animal – the dog?!

If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, 
you should go home and examine your conscience.  
~Woodrow Wilson

Watch them and learn. Dogs don’t wallow in self pity and are eternally enthusiastic for the good things in their life. Rarely half-hearted they give their all to things that matter to them. When tired they just go lie down and don’t pretend to be anything other than tired and if you wonder if dogs go to heaven –

You think dogs will not be in heaven?  
I tell you, they will be there long before any of us. 
~Robert Louis Stevenson

A few doggy books that I have read may also push you to value your dog even more – this one “The Healing Power of Pets” gives great stories of the real emotional reach of a dog for those in most need. Dogs can sometimes be the only living thing many people can turn to., For that they are priceless beings.

“A cat, after being scolded, goes about its business.
  A dog slinks off into a corner and pretends to be doing a serious self-reappraisal.  
~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com”

The alert, attentive and academic dog coach

Yay for dogs and why not try yours out today – test him or her with some burning question you may have  – ask and really listen to the response – be it verbal or behavioural…who knows – you just might get the canine pearl of wisdom you need:)

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6 thoughts on “May I Introduce you to my Life Coach?

  1. Alison – It is funny, but my son generally ignores our dog. He finds it quite amusing when he has a mad half hour and races round the house, but doesn't bother with him most of the time! Every so often, though, i will catch him gently touching the top of his head or his ear, when noone is about, and the strange thing is that when he does, our dog stays stock still, and this is a labrador who is NEVER still – it is like he is under a spell and daren't move! It doesn't happen very often but it is quite amazing and touching to see. Our dog, being a typical lab is very friendly and loving, but can hardly be described as particulary 'gentle' – he is very big and strong and can be overpowering, except with our disabled son. It is as if he knows his 'limitations'.

    It would be great to take a look at that book, Alison, thank you for offering! Do you still have my address from the envelope I sent you? I will reimburse you for p & p of course.
    Jx

  2. Alison – It is funny, but my son generally ignores our dog. He finds it quite amusing when he has a mad half hour and races round the house, but doesn't bother with him most of the time! Every so often, though, i will catch him gently touching the top of his head or his ear, when noone is about, and the strange thing is that when he does, our dog stays stock still, and this is a labrador who is NEVER still – it is like he is under a spell and daren't move! It doesn't happen very often but it is quite amazing and touching to see. Our dog, being a typical lab is very friendly and loving, but can hardly be described as particulary 'gentle' – he is very big and strong and can be overpowering, except with our disabled son. It is as if he knows his 'limitations'.

    It would be great to take a look at that book, Alison, thank you for offering! Do you still have my address from the envelope I sent you? I will reimburse you for p & p of course.
    Jx

  3. Well Jenny – fancy that! Synchronicity at work:) I am so pleased to learn that you feel the spirit of the dog is a wonderful thing in your son's life! I think that people feel whole and healthy if they have a meaningful connection to themselves and to some other living thing. At the end of the day if that is satisfying to them then what else is needed? I think you would enjoy this book Jenny – I can post my copy to you if you like? What do you see your son enjoying most about your dog? A x

  4. Well Jenny – fancy that! Synchronicity at work:) I am so pleased to learn that you feel the spirit of the dog is a wonderful thing in your son's life! I think that people feel whole and healthy if they have a meaningful connection to themselves and to some other living thing. At the end of the day if that is satisfying to them then what else is needed? I think you would enjoy this book Jenny – I can post my copy to you if you like? What do you see your son enjoying most about your dog? A x

  5. Alison – so coincidental that you should post about this today – just this morning I was having a similar conversation to a good friend about the same thing! My eldest son has profound special needs and severe learning disabilities. We were saying how he is in alot of ways of similar disposition to our dog (bear with me!). We know some people who are intense worriers and suffer from repeated bouts of stress and depression. My son, much like our dog, will probably never worry about anything in his life (hopefully) – as long as he is fed and is surrounded by the people he loves, like our dog, he is happy! I know just what you mean in your post, and who has the better quality of life? It is easy to assume that because my son is severely disabled he has a poorer quality of life, but does he in the ways that really count? Pets ARE great healers – I have done voluntary work with the RDA and can vouch for that! Jx

  6. Alison – so coincidental that you should post about this today – just this morning I was having a similar conversation to a good friend about the same thing! My eldest son has profound special needs and severe learning disabilities. We were saying how he is in alot of ways of similar disposition to our dog (bear with me!). We know some people who are intense worriers and suffer from repeated bouts of stress and depression. My son, much like our dog, will probably never worry about anything in his life (hopefully) – as long as he is fed and is surrounded by the people he loves, like our dog, he is happy! I know just what you mean in your post, and who has the better quality of life? It is easy to assume that because my son is severely disabled he has a poorer quality of life, but does he in the ways that really count? Pets ARE great healers – I have done voluntary work with the RDA and can vouch for that! Jx

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