Owning a dog improved me in ways that are not always readily evident, these changes in ourselves come slowly, and are not evident until we reflect on how we were in the past and are now. One of those changes is calmness! I find myself much calmer now, this change has come from forcing myself to be calm while training dogs, over the years the change has slowly appeared, and I find myself more patient and calmer in stressful situations. For anyone who has read my posts knows how I stress being calm and the benefits for the dog, but the benefits are not only for your dog they are also for you. Being calm epically in stressful situations has made it easier for me to think clearer, not rush to rash judgments, and to be able to take in more information while observing and interacting with others. It certainly makes me a more pleasant person to be around than I was in the past.
Dogs improve our lives in ways that we often overlook. Stressful situations do not have the same effect on me now as they did in the past, the ability to stay calm is an improvement that I truly enjoy having and wish to improve further, join me in this great self improvement exercise – Adopt A Dog.
We had a good trip, rain during the drive and it stopped raining five minutes before we arrived. Teal’c and I had to go to our favorite dog park, not many dogs we knew a lot of new faces and even some puppies, and children that Teal’c had a great time playing with. As usual this dog park is well groomed and all the people watch and show responsibility for their dogs. I am always so impressed when I come here, hats off to everyone, this dog park would not be what it is without responsible dog owners like yourselves.
This young gentleman had fun with all the dogs, he even took the following picture of Teal’c giving me a kiss, Great job, this was his first time ever using my camera, I am impressed.
Teal’c was a little depressed at the start of the day being away from home but this visit to the dog park and the children playing with him has really uplifted his spirits. “Thank You”