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					Do you own a Dog?


Much about a person's character and personality can
be instantly derived by a brief interaction when you
are walking down the street with your dog by
observing people's reactions to the dog you're with.
Dog walking down the street you can immediately tell
a warm hearted person / dog lover by the way they
look at your dog or IF they look at your dog. Take
note, do they smile, frown, grimace, show disdain,
make a funny face, only glance at your dog for a
second then look away as if it didn't exist, want
nothing to do with you or your dog or do they show
curiosity about your dog? Do they look confused,
perplexed, stop to cuddle, kiss, hug, play, talk, dance
with you or your dog? Do they whip out their phone
and start talking and showing you pictures of their
pet/s? (Yes all of these have happened before!) You
can tell a lot about a person just by the way they look
and interact, consciously or unconsciously at your
dog. It is a fun exercise to do, especially if you are in
the market for a dog loving partner. I know quite a few
people that do this exercise and have had an easy
time weeding out potential mates based on the way
other humans responded to their dog. Your dog can
help you meet a great new friend or even start a
romance.
Dogs make people do crazy things and act completely
"out of character". More importantly they bring the
relentlessly churning human mind/brain that is
constantly in fast forward (thinking about the future)
or in reverse (thinking about the past) to the present
moment. Dogs are walking breathing presence.
Why are dogs therapy dogs? The easy answer is
because they provide therapy! They are cuddly,
understanding, nonjudgmental, compassionate, warm,
furry (or not), happy, forgiving, loving, playful, present
and ALWAYS in the now. Not some of the time, not
every other Friday or Sunday, not only when they are
practicing being a good dog or when they decide to
go to church, temple, masque or whatever religious or
spiritual structure you may practice in, they are
always in the moment. They epitomize carpe diem.
For those of us who strive to live in the now and take
nothing for granted they are a wonderful reminder of
who we are and why we are on this earth. They are not
premeditative, vindictive, or rational but that's part of
their charm and allure.
What makes dogs, and sharing your life with your
dog, so special? The bond between a human and a pet
is like no other. It's a relationship that words cannot
describe yet many try. Dogs transcend boundaries,
cultures, shapes, sizes and colors. They remind us of
how silly life is and how to not take everything so
seriously, they don't care if you live in mansion, have
a yacht, a Ferrari, motorcycle, travel around the world
in your private jet, eat at the finest restaurants, have 3
homes in Miami Beach and are a socialite or you are
down on our luck, unpopular, a hermit or are
homeless. You are energy and treated equally
regardless if you're elderly or neonatal.
All animals should be treated with respect, kindness,
love and attention. Dogs did not become "man's best
friend" from being anything else then who they are. In
this overly complex world of media, television,
internet, politics, complexity and confusion... etc. they
remind us of what it is like to just be simple and alive
again and to turn our brains off. Go ahead and hug,
kiss, pet, stoke, and just smile and love another
animal and you will receive the world in return.
British poet Lord Byron wrote: "Near this spot are
deposited the remains of one who possessed Beauty
without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage
without Ferocity, and all the Virtues of Man, without
his Vices." Dogs naturally and effortlessly possess
these qualities. Dogs are humanity's saviors, wrapped
up in warm furry coats, with permasmiles.
Want a personal trainer, a rehab coach, a therapist, a
best friend, unconditional love, loyalty, truth and
honesty? Whether you have high blood pressure, a lot
of stress or diabetes, the prescription remains same,
get a dog and live a longer, happier, healthier life!
Russ Hartstein is a professional miami based dog
expert with over 25 years of experience. If you are
looking for Miami dog training, or pet-sitting services.
please be sure to contact us today.

				
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