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10 Things Dog Owners Would Like To Thank Their Dogs For

10 Things Dog Owners Would Like To Thank Their Dogs For

The actual definition of a dog is “a four legged animal that is often kept as a pet or used for hunting” but they are so much more than that. Dog’s are creatures that come into this world knowing how to unconditionally love without it being taught in some sort of life lesson. They forgive, they love, they cherish everything (actually, they cherish anything). More often than not, we as owners–no, as humans forget to thank them for everything they share and teach us. This is a thank you for all dogs: homeless, pets, working, show dogs and every one of you in between.

Thank you for:

1. Your Friendship

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    Thank you for your companionship. There is no other friend quite like you and I thank you for that. You are there with me through everything even though you don’t really have a choice in the matter. You woke up one day and BOOM, you have a owner. So, thank you for being my assigned friend and not making such a big fuss about it.

    2. Your Happiness

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      This is specifically for when there are periods when I am alone in this world. I am thankful I have you. When I am across the world away from home, you are there. You are there to cuddle with on a night in with some movies and snacks. A lot of people out there are missing their other half because sometimes the job takes them to places we can’t go, and you understand that people need an extra ray of sunshine. You greet me with a smile knowing smiles are contagious.

      3. Your Love

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        Loving unconditionally is something a human needs to learn. Some have an entire lifetime and still are buried without the ability to love unconditionally. Thank you for being born with that trait. I may yell at you because you ate a tasty little morsel (my shoe) that I left out in the open for you but you are still there trying to say “Sorry, I love you”. It absolutely amazing that you and your kind can be so in love with another being just because we exist. Thank you for loving me for who I am not for what I have (even though it seems like you listen better when I have food).

        4. Your Enjoyment in Simplicity

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          Thank you for teaching me to take joy in the simple things. You take something as simple as a stick outside in the field and treat it like it was a gift, made specifically for you. Your joy and excitement for that stick has taught me to always enjoy the little moments. Enjoy the times that I have with my loved ones, the sun shining on a warm day, the rain, the breeze and basically everything. You have taught me to enjoy these little things because in the end, that is what we remember the most.

          5. Your Moments of Laughter

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            This is for all of the little moments on those no good, awful, terrible and unlucky days that you have made me laugh. I know you don’t intend to fart in a moment of silence or fall off the couch while in a deep sleep but I thank you for it anyways. Thank you for being silly enough to startle yourself awake with your own farts.

            6. Your Empathy

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              I don’t know what it is about dogs that give you the ability to see into other people’s souls, but thank you. Thank you for seeing directly through me and feel what I feel. You understand that am having a crappy day because they killed Walter off of…. well I don’t need to tell you, you were there. In all seriousness, you were there for all the ups and downs in my life and understood I just needed someone there. Thank you for trying to make the tears go away with doggy kisses (not talking about Walter anymore by the way).

              7. Your Patience

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                Thank you for being a little rascal during dog school and embarrassing me during your class because who couldn’t use a bit more patience? Thank you for teaching me to wait, because you have not found the right spot to poop (even if you look at me with those judgmental eyes as if I should not go to the bathroom in the house because we live there).

                8. Your Protection

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                  Thank you for protecting me from the wind outside, the bird that flew by and the kid on the bike across the street with your loud thunder-like barks. Even though I think you may run and hide like me if there is ever anything going on, I feel safer with you around.

                  9. Your Help

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                    Thank you for your help with cleaning the floor and making sure anything that drops is picked up in a timely fashion. It is a great help since I hate sweeping. Also, please thank your friends in the K9 units helping police officers and soldiers and thank your cousins that work as dogs to help the blind and the ones that just need a companion to feel happier.

                    10. Your Forgiveness

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                      Thank you so so much for being forgiving. I know that there are crappy human beings out there that don’t treat dogs very nicely and I am sorry. Thank you so much for being so forgiving and never losing hope in finding a forever home because you were given back a couple times. In addition, thank you for not holding any grudges and not expecting me to give you back the moment you stepped foot into my home.

                      Featured photo credit: Jackson/ M. Agbayani via flickr.com

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                      How to Say No When You Say Yes Too Often

                      How to Say No When You Say Yes Too Often

                      Do you say yes so often that you realize you aren’t really happy about this, wondering how to say no to people?

                      For years, I was a serial people pleaser. Known as someone who would step up, I would gladly make time especially when it came to volunteering for certain causes. I proudly carried this role all through grade school, college, even through law school. For years, I thought saying “no” meant I would disappoint a good friend or someone I respected.

                      But somewhere along the way, I noticed I wasn’t quite living my life. Instead, I seem to have created a schedule that was a strange combination of meeting the expectations of others, what I thought I should be doing, and some of what I actually wanted to do. The result? I had a packed schedule that left me overwhelmed and unfulfilled.

                      It took a long while but I learned the art of saying no. Saying ‘no’ meant I no longer catered fully to everyone else’s needs and could make more room for what I really wanted to do. Instead of cramming too much in, I chose to pursue what really mattered. I started to manage my time more around my own needs and interests. When that happened, I became a lot happier. And guess what? I hardly disappointed anyone.

                      The Importance of Saying No

                      When you learn the art of saying ‘no,’ you begin to look at the world differently. Rather than seeing all of the things you could or should be doing (and aren’t doing), you start to look at how to say yes to what’s important.

                      In other words, you aren’t just reacting to what life throws at you. You seek the opportunities that move you to where you want to be.

                      Successful people aren’t afraid to say no. Oprah Winfrey considered one of the most successful women in the world confessed that it was much later in life when she learned how to say no. Even after she had become internationally famous, she felt she had to say yes to virtually everything. It was only when she realized that after years of struggling with saying no, I finally got to this question: “What do I want?”

                      Being able to say no also helps you manage your time better.

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                      Warren Buffett views no as essential to his success. He said,

                      “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”

                      When I made ‘no’ a part of my toolbox, I drove more of my own success focusing on fewer things and doing them well.

                      How We Are Pressured to Say Yes

                      It’s no wonder a lot of us find it hard to say ‘no.’

                      From an early age, we are conditioned to say ‘yes.’ We said yes probably hundreds of time in order to graduate from high school and then get into college. We said yes to find work. We said yes get a promotion. We said yes to find love and then yes again to stay in a relationship. We said yes to find and keep friends.

                      We say yes because it feels better to help someone. We say yes because it can seem like the right thing to do. We say yes because we think that is key to success. And we say yes because the request might come from someone who is hard to resist like the boss.

                      And that’s not all. The pressure to say yes doesn’t just come from others. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves. At work, we say yes because we compare ourselves to others who seem to be doing more than we are. Outside of work, we say yes because we feel guilty we aren’t doing enough to spend time with family or friends.

                      The message no matter where we turn is nearly always, “You really could be doing more.” The result? When people ask us for our time, we are heavily conditioned to say yes.

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                      How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty

                      Deciding to add the word ‘no’ to your toolbox is no small thing. Perhaps you already say ‘no’ but not as much as you would like. Maybe you have an instinct that if you were to learn the art of ‘no’ that you could finally create more time for things you care about. But let’s be honest, using the word ‘no’ doesn’t come easily for many people.

                      The 3 Rules of Thumbs for Saying No

                      1. You Need to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

                      Let’s face it. It is hard to say no. Setting boundaries around your time especially you haven’t done it much in the past will feel awkward.

                      2. You Are the Air Traffic Controller of Your Time

                      Remember that you are the only one who understands the demands for your time. Think about it, who else knows about all of the demands on your time? No one. Only you are at the center of all of these requests. are the only one that understands what time you really have.

                      3. Saying ‘No’ Means Saying ‘Yes’ to Something That Matters

                      When we decide not to do something, it means we can say yes to something else. You have a unique opportunity to decide how you spend your precious time.

                      6 Ways to Start Saying No

                      Incorporating that little word ‘no’ into your life can be transformational. Turning some things down will mean you can open doors to what really matters. Here are some essential tips to learn the art of no:

                      1. Check in With Your Obligation Meter

                      One of the biggest challenges to saying ‘no’ is a feeling of obligation. Do you feel you have a responsibility to say yes and worry that saying no reflect poorly on you?

                      Ask yourself whether you truly have the duty to say yes. Check your assumptions or beliefs about whether you carry the responsibility to say yes. Turn it around and instead ask what duty you owe to yourself.

                      2. Resist the Fear of Missing out (FOMO)

                      Do you have a fear of missing out (FOMO)? FOMO can follow us around in so many ways. At work, we volunteer our time because we fear we won’t move ahead. In our personal lives, we agree to join the crowd because FOMO even while we ourselves aren’t enjoying the fun.

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                      Check in with yourself. Are you saying yes because of FOMO or because you really want to say yes? More often than not, running after fear doesn’t make us feel better.

                      3. Check Your Assumptions About What It Means to Say ‘No’

                      Do you dread the reaction you will get if you say no? Often, we say ‘yes’ because we worry about how others will respond or the consequences of saying no or because of the consequences. We may be afraid to disappoint others or think we will lose respect from others. We often forget how much we are disappointing ourselves along the way.

                      Keep in mind that saying ‘no’ can be exactly what is needed to send the right message that you have limited time. In the tips below, you will see how to communicate your no in a gentle and loving way. You might disappoint someone initially but drawing a boundary can bring you the freedom you need so that you can give freely of yourself when you truly want to.

                      4. When the Request Comes In, Sit on It

                      Sometimes, when we are in the moment, we instinctively agree. The request might make sense at first. Or we typically have said yes to this request in the past.

                      Give yourself a little time to reflect on whether you really have the time, or can do the task properly. You may decide the best option is to say ‘no.’ There is no harm in giving yourself the time to decide.

                      5. Communicate Your ‘No’ with Transparency and Kindness

                      When you are ready to tell someone no, communicate your decision clearly. The message can be open and honest to ensure the recipient that your reasons have to do with your limited time.

                      Resist the temptation not to respond or communicate all. But do not feel obligated to provide a lengthy account about why you are saying no.

                      A clear communication with a short explanation is all that is needed. I have found it useful to tell people that I have many demands and need to be careful with how I allocate my time. I will sometimes say I really appreciate that they came to me and for them to check in again if the opportunity arises another time.

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                      6. Consider How to Use a Modified ‘No’

                      If you are under pressure to say yes but want to say no, you may want to consider downgrading a “yes” to a “yes but…” giving you an opportunity to condition your agreement to what works best for you.

                      Sometimes, the condition can be to do the task but not in the time frame that was originally requested. Or perhaps you can do part of what has been asked.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Beginning right now, you can change how you respond to requests for your time. When the request comes in, take yourself off autopilot where you might normally say yes.

                      Use the request as a fresh request to draw a healthy boundary around your time. Pay particular attention to when you place certain demands on yourself. If you are the one placing the demand on yourself, try to evaluate the demand as if it were coming from somewhere else.

                      Try it now. Say no to a friend who continues to take advantage of your goodwill. Or, draw the line with a workaholic colleague and tell them you will complete the project but not by working all weekend. Or, tell someone in your family you can’t loan them money again because they never paid you back the last time. You’ll find yourself much happier.

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