Walk, Feed, Love
Pets as Teachers
Have you ever had one of those days, where it seems like the universe is testing you? Every time you turn around something else is going wrong or falling apart. Well that was me a few weeks ago and trust me it wasn’t pretty. Now you think that being surrounded by animals all day would give me a Zen like attitude, but you’d be wrong. I’m Irish and Scottish and I’d had enough: so I threw a temper tantrum that would rival any two year olds.
After I finished, I looked over and saw four pairs of eyes staring at me. The dogs had this expression on their faces like “wow, she just lost it; hope we’re not in trouble”.
Their expressions managed to wake me up and I took a few deep breaths, cranked the music and rocked out. By the time we got to the lake, I was calmer.
For all you animal lovers, I’m sure you can see where this is going. Animals reflect what they see and for a couple of the dogs, they decided to act out. They got into a tug of war with a stick and soon the fur was flying. But, just as soon as it started, it was over. The dogs went off in opposite directions, only to return later, both carrying the stick.
Later that night, I thought about the day and everything that had transpired. I realized that maybe I was more like the dogs than I’d thought. We both had major blowups, but we both also let it go and moved forward. They truly teach me something everyday; I just have to be open to learn.
About the Author
Corry Hamilton is the owner of Taking The Lead (www.takingthelead.ca) — a pet care business that focuses on pet nutrition and well-being. Like many entrepreneurs, her journey towards creating a business of her own wasn't a straight path, but she believes that no matter what life throws at you, you can always pick yourself up and move on. You never know where it may take you and make all your dreams come true. You can check out what Corry is up to on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TakingTheLead.CorryHamilton and Twitter: https://twitter.com/TakingTheLead07