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?
Dear Kelsey: Try to make friends. People have a hard time being disrespectful of their friends. ~ Mishu
The Inside Story
Imagine if your noisy neighbors were your friends? They would probably be a lot more considerate of you and your desire for less noise.
Instead of turning it into a conflict (which some people really get off on) – flip it! If you show kindness and friendliness to people who are doing you wrong, there is a very good chance that they will just see your humanity and respond with compassion and friendliness.
If you — like me — no longer have a mother or are not able to become one, #MothersDay can be tough. Big Hugs from Dear Mishu today. I’m going to spend today getting love from my adopted family. https://dearmishu.com/adopt-shelter-rescue-pet-dog/
It’s hard for me to focus when listening to other people. What should I do, Morgan asks, Mishu answers. #DearMishu
Me too! I often tune out when my humans are talking because I’m thinking about my own agenda (squirrels)…. Instead of thinking about your own agenda (what you’re going to say next), try to think about repeating what the person talking to you is saying.
I’m sorry you’re feeling bad. I think you should get involved in something amazing that you’ve always wanted to do. Be bold! You’ll feel excited, and proud of yourself, and gain confidence…. You’ll feel strong enough to handle whatever happens with your best friend…. And you’ll probably make some new friends too. (BTW, I recommend chasing squirrels for your new activity)
The Inside Story on Friendship Problems
The truth is, we can’t control other people. We can’t make them like us or want to hang out with us. And we can’t know what’s in their minds.
Happy National Puppy Day, from me and my BPF (Best Puppy Friend), Onyx!
What do I love about Onyx? He’s spunky and fun and wild! And very cute! And small!
Puppies make everyone feel loved because they’re “the most trusting and joyous creatures on the planet” (as Colleen Paige, the founder of National Puppy Day says).
A puppy is guaranteed to bring joy to your life, and if you can adopt a puppy and give a homeless dog a home, even better!
You should see me on #hikes — I can’t let anyone else go first, and sometimes I knock people over on my way to the front. Since I’m pretty sure people don’t like that, just don’t knock people over when you’re trying to be in charge. You know? #DearMishu
The Inside Story
Yes, Mishu really likes to be in charge. That just comes with the territory with an Type A personality / alpha female like Mishu.
And that’s totally fine. Being someone who likes to take charge makes you a leader. That means when there’s an emergency, or something at work that really needs to get done, you’re going to be the person making sure it gets done. Congratulations!
Are you the kind of person who likes to be alone when you’re hurt (I do). If so – it’s okay to cuddle in a ball, get under the covers, and eat a yummy #treat. It’s also helpful to go for a walk in the woods or at the #beach by yourself — see the #beautiful world, smell it, and try to feel the possibility of #renewal….. If being with others helps you #heal, then surround yourself with loved ones and do those things with them. ….Take care, Melissa… Love, Mishu #dearmishu
Mishu: Well, I’m an immigrant from Guatemala to the USA and I don’t think I changed my bark when I moved, so I would say there is one barking language! #immigration #immigrants #rescuedogs #Guatemala #proudrescuedog
More from Mishu on understanding dogs:
I just moved to a new city. It’s been 3 months and I don’t have any friends yet. What do you suggest?
Mishu: For me, I love the dog park so I go there a lot and after a while I find the dogs I like and ask them to play with me, usually by growling at them. You probably shouldn’t growl at people, but besides that, it’s all the same: 1. Join activities you love; 2) Look for nice people; 3) Ask them to join you afterwards for a coffee or a meal. #DearMishu