Wow, I can’t believe that it’s been 20 years since I jumped into the world of pet training.
I’ve been lucky to enjoy the last 15 of those years as a self-employed pet trainer/behaviorist. I’ve met countless amazing dogs, cats & people along the way. The true blessing is that they’ve all (humans & animals, alike) been my teachers & inspirations. But, it’s time for a change. I’m taking a break from training to follow my heart in a different direction: writing for my new site, The Soulful Pet.
The Soulful Pet is a creative outlet where I can explore & celebrate the bonds we share with our pets.
Pet guardians know that a life well-lived with animals is a unique one. Pets are family members. We learn from them, share with them, care for them, & cry for them. Of course, we hope that their lives are enriched thru these bonds, as well.
As a writer, trainer/behaviorist, & pet guardian/advocate, I am excited about the endless possibilities of The Soulful Pet.
I hope you’ll join me to create a community where we can share what we love about life with animals, on both the site & the FB page. I’ll cover all aspects of this sweet lifestyle: Foodie topics (recalls, recipes, healthy ingredients); product recommendations; social issues & commentary; pup culture; recommended reading (blogs & books); insights & inspirations; entertainment; and much more. I also hope to spotlight special people who do great work with animals, as well as animals in need. I’ll invite guest bloggers to tell their stories about how their lives have been touched by animals.
I did consider that there are countless blogs about people & pets.
But that’s a good thing. The more, the merrier, I say. It’s a group swim, and I’m jumping in to add my voice to the convo. What’s changed? I won’t be writing about the step-by-steps & how-tos anymore. They’re important, but talented others, whose works I’ll highlight, quite ably handle those. Instead, I’ll focus on helping folks understand their pets better by relating to them on a more equal level: We all share the same world & similar experiences. If it affects you, it affects your pet – and vice versa. If you see your pet thru your own experiences, you’re more empathetic. (I’m keenly aware that we are different species. Pets are not people, and I honor & cherish those differences.) Empathy creates understanding, compassion & patience. In turn, an enlightened human is a better teacher, companion & guardian for a pet. If an enlightened human pays very close attention, she’ll learn about herself thru her pets. It flows both ways, folks.
What else makes my voice worth adding to the convo?
In the last year, I’ve learned that I need to listen to my heart more. In doing that, I realized that I was ready for something new. My journey will inform my writing. In a way, The Soulful Pet is an integration of my spirit & my work that I’m sharing with you. It will be different: personal, honest & opinionated, non-PC, quirky-funny, philosophical, possibly political, random & heartfelt. Dare I say, “smartly soulful”?
The Soulful Pet is an opportunity for all of us to thank & celebrate the animals in our lives.
Let’s collectively spread the word that understanding, compassion and a positive training approach enrich & save lives. Along the way, we’ll laugh, cry & learn together, from each other. I’m hoping for many moments where we find ourselves saying, “Huh, I never thought about it that way before.” Or, “I can’t wait to try that!” Hmmm…… Does that make me your critter-life coach? Or you mine? Or are our pets ultimately our best life guides? So much to explore!
PS – My little muse, Rusty, will be hanging out with me on The Soulful Pet. He’s relieved of his duties @ Rusty’s Dog Blog for now. I’m thrilled to have him as my teacher & friend. Join us there, won’t you? Woofs & hugs from us to you!
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