This time of year is for reflection.
Reflecting on not only how this current year is wrapping up, but also to take a moment and reflect on how far we’ve come.
I, like you, believed at one point, Jack was always going to be out of control and living life cranked up to a 10.
Or, in the case of Bernie, always being scared and barking at my husband at the slightest movement or gesture.
I felt trapped by Jack and Bernie very early in our relationship.
My feelings of worry and frustration kept me thinking in these absolutes and wondering “what did Jack do now” when I was away to get groceries when Eddie was deployed.
I could have made some different choices early on which could have saved all of us a little heartache and headache.
We were a mess.
I didn’t know what I do now and hindsight is 20/20.
But what never waned was my commitment and dedication in doing things better for them.
I dedicated myself in learning not just better and modern ways of training.
I also learned about what supports their social and emotional wellbeing and how to satisfy these real needs everyday.
These needs look different now because they are older, but we are intentional everyday in connecting and bonding with them, so they can continue living their best lives and I’m happy I’m now able to know how to make this possible.
This moment was perfect as it helped me to reconnect with my own heart of what is truly possible.
The struggle can feel real because it is. You can learn new ways of doing things too which can unlock your and your dog’s hearts.
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