I am so saddened by our hurting world and the recent outbreak of violence, in the name of fear, anger and intolerance. Whatever your position on politics gun control, terrorism, police brutality, etc. It is SO easy to get swept into an emotional tornado. I often feel so powerless and frustrated.
Last Saturday, the recent news had taken a toll so I grabbed Olive and went for a stroll. While out walking I had a major "Ah-Ha! Moment". As I ran into neighbors out walking their dogs, I realized no matter what position we held on various issues, we all came together, put aside our differences and bonded over our silly beloved dogs.
I am fortunate to live in a metropolitan diverse city with a small town feel. Other than 4th of July and St Patrick's Day, I LOVE living here! I love the mix of cultures and influences. I love that on a typical evening walk, I run into so many people of different ages, nationalities and backgrounds. Regardlless of their personal beliefs, nearly every single one of them stops to pet, admire and ask about my darling little black Pug, Olive. They feel compassion and empathy when I share her "wags to riches" story. Before too long, we have made another friend.
In addition, we meet a variety of other dogs and Olive gets to socializes as well. Just like dogs who come in a variety of breeds, shapes sizes and idiosyncrasies, we are unique and need to respect that in others. Instead of focusing on our differences, let's focus on what we agree on and go from there. Just walking my dog has introduced me to hundreds of great people (ok and a few scumbags) that I otherwise would never have met. I've gotten amazing opportunities, friendships and faith in humanity from simply walking dogs.
People truly are at their best when they start talking about their dogs. Our dogs warm our hearts and teach us everyday. We forget about our differences and judgements and bond over how special they are and how much we treasure them.
Nobody embodies that more than my friend Gila Kurtz. She took her passion for dogs from a simple "Dog is Good" T-shirt and grew it into the now incredibly successful global lifestyle brand. If you're anywhere near HB, I urge you to grab your pooch and come meet Gila at her trunk-show/book-signing/Yappy-Hour event this Thursday, July 14th from 6/8pm (See flier on Homepage.). Come have fun, shop, socialize and be inspired to make our world a happier, more loving place by following the lead of our dogs. 🐾
👍Next week: tips for getting rid of fleas/ticks.