Life Lessons Learned From A Puppy Named Annie
I love my life, I have created the life of my dreams. I have transformed my life by learning from my greatest spiritual teacher: my pet. Starting my own pet care business with only one dog was a leap of faith. My heart and soul was whispering to me for years. I decided to listen. I quit my job of eighteen years as a waitress and made up business cards and flyers. I used the principles of the Law of Attraction and Mindful approach with dog training I had incredible results. The animals are here as our greatest spiritual teachers to help us remember our pure essence. Here is a story about one of the dogs I have the pleasure of caring for. Notice how pets weave a tapestry in our lives and give us opportunities to share unconditional love.
One day I was out walking one of the dogs I care for and met an older man named Gene with a beautiful 6 month old Yorkshire terrier named Annie. Annie had not been trained on a leash and she was tangling her leash around her owner.
He was such a nice man I really enjoyed talking with him. I gave him my card and told him I could help with training his puppy if he would like. He said he would talk to his wife about it and get back to me. His wife Diane called me back that afternoon and we met so I could assess how much training Annie would require.
When I arrived at the house, Annie was jumping, barking, and nipping. I explained that I train with the dog one on one first for the week to establish a loving leadership role. In the next week I begin to share my techniques with the owners. I brought Kaylee in to help Annie with her over excitement. I explained to Gene and Diane that Kaylee is my partner and she shows the puppies how to behave.
My kaylee has been such an amazing dog, friend, and partner. I am still amazed that the animal shelter was going to put her to sleep if no one adopted her within that month. I feel so blessed and grateful she is in my life. She always surprises me with how quickly she can train other dogs; her energy is kind and patient.
Annie was doing great with her training and we decided to meet twice a week to reinforce what she had learned. Annie was becoming confident on our walks. So confident I nicknamed her Queen Annie, she saw us as her loyal subjects.
I became great friends with Gene and Diane. Gene is a retired chef and has so many wonderful stories. Diane is a wonderful baker. They are always so kind to me when I would come back with Annie after our walk. They made me delicious snacks. But more than that, their kindness and loving conversation would always nurture my soul.
Diane and I have a lot in common. She took care of her mother just like I took care of my mother-in-law. Sharing our experiences, I knew God had brought us to each other. Gene, Diane, and Annie are like family to me; the time I spend with them is magical. I always feel uplifted around them and I know how much they care about me.
I asked them if I could bring Annie to our local nursing home. I volunteer there once a month. A good friend of mine plays the accordion and I sing with the seniors. The seniors love when I bring dogs to visit; I try to stop in as often as I can.
Many of the seniors shared with me they had to give up their pets to move into the nursing home. It made them so happy to hold Annie and it was good for Annie too. She is learning to trust.
I took pictures of Annie sitting on their laps and hung them in their rooms. The seniors enjoy the attention and the people who work there is always loving and kind. They love for the dogs to visit too. I highly recommend volunteering to a nursing home. The seniors are always thrilled to see you; they are so happy to have someone sit with them and listen to their stories.
When my mother-in-law passed on, I felt sad and missed watching old movies and making yummy treats to share with her. At the nursing home I have learned there is always someone who will appreciate my attention. Love comes to us in different ways we just need to be willing to give and receive it.
The time I spend with Annie reminds me that I am here to spread joy and happiness. She is a beautiful shining light and so am I. She just doesn’t have to choose to shine; it is who she is. I always have the choice. I understand what free will really is. Whenever we get a feeling or think we would like to help someone God gives us a choice. Every time we meet someone or see an opportunity to help we are given two choices:
1.Help, and be your true self.
2.Ignore, and be your false self.
Queen Annie has grown into a very confident dog and even though I am the dog trainer; Annie continues to teach me lessons every day.
Love Assignment: Find new ways to give and receive love.
Karen Palmer is a natural born spiritual teacher and dog communicator. She is also a dog trainer and owner of a successful pet care business. She is the author of ” Dogs are Gifts from God” her book is filled with techniques that offer the reader a way to have a spiritual connection with their pet. Karen is also a avid volunteer for animal rescue centers. She is a Radio Host of her show called ” Positively Pets” on Blog Talk Radio where she shares true stories and helps people learn the spiritual lessons their pet is here to teach them. To find out more about karen go to www.dogsaregiftsfromgod.com
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