I feel like I always have problems, and I don’t know what to do. What advice do you have for me?
You can’t prevent problems, but you can control what they mean…. My problem is that I can’t ever catch a squirrel. I could think “I’m a failure, I never catch a squirrel” or I could think “Every day I get to chase squirrels, which I love, and take on the ultimate challenge!” …Which way would you rather live? #DeepThoughts
Always do what you want to do. Be You.
To all the dogs, dog lovers, and people who wish they were dogs — have a great day full of sniffing, running, rolling, eating, sleeping, cuddling, and chasing!
Dear Linda: So nice of you to ask! Almost every night I meet my puppy friends Onyx and Remy outside to play and even though they’re small they’re always happy to chase me. So – I’d say my neighbors are treating me great! How about yours?
My name means “someone” in Hebrew, because apparently my people think I’m really “someone” special!
Dear Lottie: If you’re asking what I would do, you know the answer. To feel good about yourself and #destress – try exercising in a nature — forest, park, beach or taking a walk or bike ride. But if you like to spend $ — why not! Whatever makes you happy, sweetie!
Dear Snoopy, I do the same thing! It makes me feel strong & powerful. My humans have a 2 bark rule, which lets me express myself without giving them a headache. Maybe you can try that? #BeYourself
The Inside Story
Have you ever really looked at your dog barking? Research experts have established that dogs really do think and have emotions – and if you look at your dog when they’re barking at visitors, neighbors, or noises outside, they clearly feel great about themselves. And that’s important — we wouldn’t want our dogs to get frustrated and stressed.
Did someone say celery? Mmmm…. sounds delicious
The Inside Story
Celebrity? Mishu could not be less interested! In fact, she’s so not interested in being a celebrity that she doesn’t even know that word. For her, it might as well be celery.
Dear Sammi: The wisest people think they don’t know anything….so they’re always curious, open to new things, learning, and growing…. Not to brag, but every morning I sniff the grass as if I’ve never smelled grass before. #TrySomethingNew
When we asked Mishu’s followers to describe her in 3 words, wise was the one that came up the most often.
Here are some links to some of Mishu’s more wise posts.
Yea, so people don’t like it when I knock them over on my because of my drive to be first… That goes for you humans too: it’s okay to compete and try to be first, but don’t knock anyone down on your way. #BeKind
The Inside Story
Dear Mishu is definitely an alpha — and you see that most on walks or hikes. If she’s not first, leading the way, #1 explorer, she’ll pull on the leash until whoever is holding it moves to the front.
I don’t know whether it’s her instinct to protect everyone or just her excitement to explore, but it is a habit that we haven’t really tried to break her of. Mostly because Mishu’s bold, free spirited love of life is what we admire about her so much. We want to be like Mishu because she is so excited to be first!
Finishing First – the Kind Way
We definitely do not encourage that behavior in Mishu!
The obvious parallel to humans is that so many of us do knock people over, or walk all over them, in our drive to finish first, win the promotion, etc. Clearly that is a good strategy for some in the short term, but in the long term — Mishu’s right — people do not like that. This is NOT what Mishu means by Now is Now!
There might be short term gain to be had from finishing first while ignoring human decency, kindness, and basic manners, but eventually people will figure out that this is your M.O. and they will not want to work with you anymore. Call it Karma, call it fate, call it getting your due: treating people like they’re expendable just because you are focused on yourself and your goals is never going to be a good strategy!