Cherish the Little Moments Too

Cherish every moment.

When Jack rolled into our home and our lives, he peed on the wall and set up his spot on the back of the couch (it’s still his spot).

He and I struggled on how to help him feel comfortable being alone (this took months for him to heal).

We moved 5-6 times in his life and this included overseas moves.

Jack learned how to adjust to our work, travel and life schedules.

He’s learned how to make different choices when he sees other dogs and trucks he doesn’t like.

There are times he still barks and looses his mind (sorry delivery people!)

He and I learned so much together and I’m grateful to this little guy for being my teacher just as I was one to him.

The mutuality of our relationship is what the made the difference.

It was never about what Jack did.

It was never about how much Jack obeyed or didn’t.

What matters is the love we have for one another.

Jack will be 13years old next month.

His body hurts a little more, I’ll continue honoring who he is and caring for him in whatever that looks because I love him first and foremost.

Jack was never a means to an end.

Jack is a whole being and always has been.

Make the choices that help your dogs be successful in feeling better in their own skin.

That’s the least we can do for them.

Published by houndbiz

Katherine Porter is a force free, reward based dog behavior advisor and consultant serving clients and their companion dogs worldwide. Her calm and gentle approach in coaching clients in effectively communicating what they want to their dog blends her MSW background into her dog training and behavior practice. Katherine was a behavior consultant for Heeling Hounds after graduation. She opened Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC when the military relocated her family to Fort Sill, OK in 2015. During this time, she volunteered with Rainbow Bridge Can Wait where she provided post adoption consultations to new pet parents. She also developed and implemented tailored behavior modification plans for highly reactive dogs residing at the shelter. She also provided educational programs to military children through interactive workshops at the Fort Sill School Age Center. In 2017, Katherine relocated Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC to Germany. She served the Armed Forces communities in Bavaria. She continued coaching and advising her clients in addressing their companion dog’s fearful and reactive behavioral issues. Katherine takes a Do No Harm approach first and foremost in providing behavioral plans. She is committed in serving clients with gentle and modern science approaches in modifying behavioral concerns such as reactivity, aggression, separation anxiety and fear based responses. Katherine is a member of the Pet Professional Guild. She is focused on integrating a holistic and modern approach in addressing her client’s pet companion reactive behavior issues.

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